new grad travel nurse?? - page 2

Hi all ...I just graduated and am having a hard time finding a job believe it or not. RN. Would also like to check out calif again and it seems like they have alot of dayshift travel jobs. I have... Read More

  1. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Travel nurses get little to no orientation - you really are setting yourself up to fail if you do travel nursing as a new grad. And..to be honest, I would question the agency that would accept new grad travel nurses.
    Agree with this, most successful travelers have several years in.

    While agencies will take an ap of a new grad, that does not mean that you will jobs (especially good jobs) out of it. And day shifts, like elsewhere are going to probably go first to the more experienced candidates.

    Many of the 18 month contracts are for : international candidates. And if it is domestic, it is usually for specialty or for a position that they want to "lock" you into. Generally these are positions with high turnover (read: lousy job).

    Any agency, and more so, any facility that takes a new grad traveler, has reasons for it. And they are generally not ones that are good for you.

    And if you think that your orientation was poor, trust it is slacker for the traveler.
  2. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I've been a traveler for two years. The most orientation I've ever received is two hrs.

    As a new grad, I did find a travel agency which advertised "new grad" assignments. (I didn't know any better at the time).

    Luckily, this assignment was in my local area at the time. I went for the interview. The nurse mgr told me she expected me to work med-surg, ER, ICU, L&D and PP. With no experience and no orientation in any of these areas. When I told her I didn't think that would be safe, she said "Don't sell yourself short. You can do it." (Come into my parlor said the spider to the fly...
    Thankfully, I had the sense to get out of there. I'm so glad I only had to drive across town, rather than across the country, to get home that day,

    Facilities and agencies like this will leave you to twist in the wind if anything happens. Part of our responsibilty as licensed professionals is to know when we are not qualified for a position and to decline it.

    I am very experienced and qualified in my speciality. Even so, being a traveler is tough. I have to take it upon myself to orient myself to the most basic things as a traveler- such as locating and checking out the crash cart upon arriving at the unit. Facilities I've worked for don't provide me with even this most basic info.

    Imo, any facility, agency or new grad that thinks a new grad can handle a travel assignment safely is mistaken.
  3. by   trvlnRN
    Great commentary. Love the quote. I hope the new grads listen to all this advice!
  4. by   777RNThatsMe
    I think I said it already but just in case I forgot..thanks all for the input!
  5. by   anticoagulationurse
    I appreciate this imput shared above.

    However, I'll be a new grad RN soon and am planning/hoping/praying to take a travel assignment, if I can find a travel company that will accept my 3 years of LPN experience as some degree of nursing. I have experience in SNF/LTC and that is exactly where I plan to get a travel assignment. I woudn't dream of pretending I can walk into a Med-Surg, ER, or other unit that I have nothing but 480 hours of clinical experience in, and just "Go!".

    Anyone have any imput on this particular situation, and/or advise as to which company or assignemnts I may have luck with. I have had trouble finding a travel company that will hire me becuase my nursing experience is LPN, not RN experience. Thanks!
  6. by   bagladyrn
    Quote from anticoagulationurse
    I appreciate this imput shared above.

    However, I'll be a new grad RN soon and am planning/hoping/praying to take a travel assignment, if I can find a travel company that will accept my 3 years of LPN experience as some degree of nursing. I have experience in SNF/LTC and that is exactly where I plan to get a travel assignment. I woudn't dream of pretending I can walk into a Med-Surg, ER, or other unit that I have nothing but 480 hours of clinical experience in, and just "Go!".

    Anyone have any imput on this particular situation, and/or advise as to which company or assignemnts I may have luck with. I have had trouble finding a travel company that will hire me becuase my nursing experience is LPN, not RN experience. Thanks!
    The reason you are having trouble finding a company is for the reasons given in previous posts. A reputable company will not place you in an RN travel position with no RN experience. The RN role you would be expected to function in is different than the LPN role you have been filling. It would be different if you were looking for an LPN travel position.
    Sorry, as I know this is not what you want to hear, but remember the travel positions will still be there a year from now and you will be ready to fill them safely for yourself and those you take care of.
  7. by   rn/writer
    Quote from 777RNThatsMe
    Hi all ...I just graduated and am having a hard time finding a job believe it or not. RN. Would also like to check out calif again and it seems like they have alot of dayshift travel jobs. I have childcare issues of course.... single parent.

    Anyway - providing I could get the ex to approve a move out of state even temporary...(required by law before removing kids from the state)... I'm thinking about travel nursing to calif.

    Any thoughts on new grads doing travel (negative/positive)...any thoughts on best new grad agency? Best place to work new grad in the LA area?

    Thanks in advance.
    If you have childcare issues, won't relocating to an unfamiliar area only compound the problem?

    If your kids are school age, consider working nights. Pay someone to stay at the house while they sleep and then you sleep when they're gone during the day. You still have evenings together.

    Nurses willing to work nights usually have an easier time trying to find employment.

    Best wishes.
  8. by   GrnHonu99
    im in my first year of nursing and have been beginning to check out travel positions for sometime down the road, to see what they are all about. Of all the companies I have checked out I havent found one that will take an RN without atleast one year of experience. Who knows, best of luck
  9. by   nightingale
    Quote from ELKMNin06
    im in my first year of nursing and have been beginning to check out travel positions for sometime down the road, to see what they are all about. Of all the companies I have checked out I havent found one that will take an RN without atleast one year of experience. Who knows, best of luck
    Glad to hear that. Unfortunately, you will run across those Agencies that will do anything to make a dollar. Run... far, far, away from those who will hire you and send you "wherever you are silly enough to go to".

    I do hope the posters who want to do Agency Nursing, too soon, really read through the valuable advice by the experienced Agency Nurses who have taken the time to share their knowledge.
  10. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from Nightngale
    Glad to hear that. Unfortunately, you will run across those Agencies that will do anything to make a dollar. Run... far, far, away from those who will hire you and send you "wherever you are silly enough to go to".

    I do hope the posters who want to do Agency Nursing, too soon, really read through the valuable advice by the experienced Agency Nurses who have taken the time to share their knowledge.

    Can anyone suggest a top notch agency? Free private housing and insurance is very important to me as well as their availibilty if I need to contact them. Thanks

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