I am moving out of state in a few months and I am still unsure if I want to work staff or be a traveler. I guess what I would really like is to be staff but get a decent wage with a housing stipend. Is this possible to negotiate for a perm position? I spoke to one travel company and they said that a stipend for housing could be $2,000+ for the area I am going. If this is the case, doesn't it make sense that I could go staff and save the hospital money yet still get a stipend? Even half that amount would make me happy because housing where I am going is expensive.
I guess I don't understand how the hospitals can afford to pay these travel companies + give the RN all these nice benefits and perks.
All negotiating tips would be appreciated. Thanks.