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    What are some good traveling agencies to look in to? Do they have short term jobs or are most of them 6 month terms?
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    What are some good traveling agencies to look in to? Do they have short term jobs or are most of them 6 month terms?

    This is most likely more than you wanted....
    Travel nursing

    Presently there are over 340 U.S. Travel Nurse
    Companies (110 are Joint Commission Certified) and
    over 480 Travel Nurse Companies, (U.S. &
    International), also staffing Allied Healthcare


    There are an estimated 25,500 RNs working travel
    nursing jobs in the U.S. The number of LVN/LPN
    Nurse or Allied Healthcare Travelers is not

    Travel nursing and the Travel Nursing Industry
    developed in response to the nursing shortage in
    which nurses travel to work temporary short-term
    nursing positions. The current severe shortage of
    nurses in the United States has increased the need
    for this type of position. To recruit qualified
    Registered Nurses, LPN/LVNs and Allied Health
    professionals hospitals and travel nurse
    recruitment/staffing agencies are offering
    incentives including higher wages, relocation
    assistance, furnished housing, and bonuses.

    There are many reasons healthcare professionals
    choose to travel including higher pay,
    professional growth and development, and personal
    adventure. Travelers typically select from one to
    several recruitment agencies to act as an
    intermediary between the traveler and hospitals or
    other potential employers. There are over 340
    Travel Nursing Companies in the U.S. as of 2009.
    Agencies may submit applications for numerous
    positions concurrently on behalf of a traveler.

    Applying with one of these agencies usually
    involves a substantial paperwork burden. This
    includes completing an employment application,
    work history, verification of licenses and
    certifications, skill assessments for your nursing
    specialty, verification of immunizations or titers
    for common communicable diseases, current TB skin
    test or chest x-ray, a physician's statement
    certifying you are fit for work, and numerous
    other documents required by the agency. However
    this paperwork need only be completed once per
    agency. Some agencies will accept much of the
    paperwork completed for competing agencies. The
    information provided is then condensed by the
    agency into a summary/abstract of the traveler's
    credentials, skills and experience. This summary
    is usually referred to as a profile.

    After completing the agency application process,
    each agency will search through temporary job
    postings to identify those that match your
    profile. The agency, after obtaining your consent,
    submits your profile by fax or email to the
    hospital. A human resources employee or department
    manager will review all profiles submitted for the
    specific job posting. No single agency has access
    to all temporary job postings. This is why many
    travelers choose to apply with several agencies.

    The amount of money a hospital pays to the agency
    is referred to as the Bill Rate. The agency will
    calculate and subtract their costs, overhead and
    profit margin from the bill rate and then, with
    the difference, make a detailed offer to the
    traveler. Offers should include the specific dates
    and location of the contract, details of pay,
    housing or stipend amounts, insurance or other
    benefits as the agency may choose to include in
    their offer package. Agencies' costs and profit
    margins vary widely. This will directly affect the
    amount of money available to package into an offer
    for the traveler.

    Further, different agencies will package the same
    amount of money quite differently. One agency may
    offer luxury housing, high end health insurance,
    license reimbursement, a rental car and many other
    perks. Another may not offer health insurance, may
    provide low quality housing or even no housing at
    all. It is important to understand that there is
    no such thing as free housing or other free
    benefits. All of these things have a cost. Since
    all costs and compensation must come out of the
    bill rate, a traveler working for an agency
    offering a high level of "extras" will probably be
    paid lower wages than one working for an agency
    that offers few or no non-wage perks.

    If the traveler, tentatively accepts the terms and
    conditions of the offer, the agency will arrange
    for a telephone interview between the manager and
    the traveler in most cases. Assuming a successful
    interview, a formal contract will be prepared by
    the agency and sent to the traveler for their
    signature. Every aspect of compensation, including
    wages, stipends, reimbursements, housing,
    insurance, and any other perks is subject to
    negotiation between both parties and should be
    adjusted and spelled out in the written contract
    which ultimately is, with both parties signature,
    legal acceptance of the terms and conditions of
    the assignment contract.

    Clinical requirements

    The usual requirements for becoming a travel nurse
    are a minimum of one year of clinical experience
    in one's specialty and licensure in the state of
    employment, usually granted through reciprocity
    with the home state's board of nursing. Some
    travel agencies will reimburse travelers for the
    cost of the license or other required
    certifications. While only a minimum of one year
    of experience is required, it is highly advisable
    to have two or more years of experience prior to
    becoming a travel nurse. A travel nurse may
    receive a minimal orientation to the assignment
    hospital, most often only one or two days. Some
    travelers may receive no orientation at all. This
    is a subject that should be clarified in the
    interview. Travel nurses are expected to be very
    experienced and knowledgeable in their specialty
    by their assignment hospital.

    If the nurse's home state has joined the Nurse
    Licensure Compact (NLCA), the nurse can work in
    any compact state using their home state license.
    The nurse must have a license (RN or LPN) in good
    standing in their resident Compact state. There
    are currently 23 states participating in NLCA with
    Missouri pending implementation.

    Travel nursing assignment

    Travelers typically work under a short-term
    contract (usually ranging from 4 to 13 weeks).
    Contracts outside of the U.S. can last 1-2 years.
    Frequently an extension or a permanent position is
    offered by the hospital at the end of the
    Assignment housing

    If travel agencies provide housing it usually
    consists of a one bedroom furnished apartment
    although other options can be arranged. Utilities
    (electric, water, trash) may be included.
    Telephone, cable TV and sometimes Internet service
    can be included. Housing often includes basic
    furnishings and may include a washer and dryer,
    dishwasher and a microwave but this must be
    clarified during negotiations. Many companies also
    provide housewares, which include pots, dishes,
    utensils and linens.

    The housing is typically arranged by the travel
    nursing agency in the company name. Some companies
    allow the travel nurse to participate in the
    search and selection process. Some parts of the
    country are much harder to secure reasonable
    housing than others.

    Nearly all agencies will offer a housing stipend
    if the nurse chooses to secure housing
    independently of the agency. Stipend amounts can
    be very substantial - often higher than the actual
    wages - and these may be provided tax free if the
    traveler has a qualifying tax home. The stipend is
    attractive to travelers who prefer to obtain their
    own housing, those who travel in RVs, and to those
    simply trying to maximize their income and who are
    able to secure inexpensive housing. Some companies
    require the traveler to take the housing stipend.
    The housing stipend or the value of the provided
    housing will be taxed as part of the pay if the
    traveler does not have a qualifying tax home.
    Assignment reimbursements

    A travel allowance is generally paid by the travel
    agency which may or may not cover all Travel

    Some agencies offer healthcare insurance or
    reimbursement for insurance held elsewhere, the
    ability to contribute to 401(k)accounts (sometimes
    with matching funds), licensure reimbursment,
    referral bonuses for referring other travelers and
    loyalty reward type programs. Some companies are
    even starting to add vacation and sick days, stock
    investment options and continuing education
    Salary and benefits

    Salary averages are widely variable. Salary may
    change based on the location, the need of the
    hospital or nursing unit, the perceived staffing
    needs by the unit manager and the ability of the
    traveler to negotiate. Great differences are seen
    in various locations of the country. Generally,
    areas in the southern United States pay less than
    areas in the north or west. Areas where housing
    costs are high can impact salary ranges, as well.
    Travel nursing positions often can pay more than
    stationary nurse jobs depending on locations and

    There may be tax benefits, commonly called "Tax
    Advantage" or "Per Diem" pay, if the traveler
    maintains a "tax home" while working and living
    away from that home. The tax-free reimbursement
    covers meal and incidentals as well as lodging.
    Some companies only offer the tax free lodging
    component, while others provide both. A "tax home"
    is a dwelling that you live in, maintain and
    return to between assignments. You must have
    living expenses at your tax home that you
    duplicate because your business requires you to be
    away from that home.

    Tax-free money is a complicated subject and many
    travel companies have little understanding of the
    tax implications for the traveler, often
    encouraging travelers who do not qualify to take
    it, leaving them at risk in an IRS audit. It is
    highly advisable to consult a travel tax expert
    prior to accepting tax free money.

    There are additional costs of being a traveler,
    which include additional licensing costs,
    traveling costs. These costs may be reimbursed to
    varying degrees depending on what company you use,
    your recruiter and your own negotiating skills.

    Often nurses will dream of traveling as a way of
    getting financially ahead and seeing the world.
    That dream can turn into a nightmare though if a
    traveler is not prepared and educated. Being a
    successful traveler requires using good financial
    planning, a flexible outlook, knowing what
    companies and recruiters to deal with, what
    questions to ask, and how to negotiate.

    The Professional Association of Nurse Travelers is
    the non-profit national organization representing
    nurse travelers in the US. The best inside advice
    covering pitfalls and workarounds comes from
    traveler-produced websites, blogs and forums on
    the web. Travel Nurses may get to go any where in
    the United States or other countries as well. This
    can be a big opportunity for many people, so you
    need to consider traveling when you become a