I am considering travel nursing for the next couple of years. My search has elicited feelings akin to the paranoia of buying a used car. I am unfamiliar with the language. I can't decide when something sounds like a good deal. I don't know where my expectations should be.
I have talked to some travelers on my unit, and a dark shadow casts over their eyes when talking about negotiating with recruiters. Many of them say I should demand (firmly request?) a minimum weekly after-tax salary and to always negotiate the offered housing stipend.
I guess some specific questions I have are:
Will pay vary based on location and unit?
How does the pay work? Can I receive a housing stipend and travel reimbursement?
Is your housing stipend separate from your hourly rate?
Is it standard to be reimbursed for your new state license?
Is it standard to be reimbursed for certifications?
Can I request that I not be canceled in my contract?
What should I look for in a contract?
Background on my traveling dreams:
I looking to travel because I am moving to an area with limited NICU opportunities (I am a NICU nurse). I am hoping to work within an area that would allow me to drive home once a week. I would be looking for jobs that would allow me to work my days in a stretch. Please let me know how my dream compares to traveling reality.
ANY pieces of advise/ suggestions are warmly welcomed!