Travel nursing experience - page 3

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To be a traveling nurse, is it true that you MUST have at least one year of experience?... Read More


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    Quote from suzanne4
    Could you just walk in to a facility where you have never been, get no orientation, and begin working?
    After 8 years of traveling, I never worked in a facility where I didn't get some type of orientation. One place tried that once, and I put an end to immediately - it was professional responsibility and accountability, IMHO.

    To the OP, I have spoken with companies that require up to 4 years of experience. When you go to these places, you might get, say, 3 days or orientation. Sometimes less, sometimes more.
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    Quote from sway
    I've been a nurse for just about 2 years, all of it in an ICU. I would like to work as a travler sometime in the near future, and am wondering how much experience most hospitals require their travlers to have. Most travel companies give me the standard "one year" answer, but it seems like most of the travlers I work with have much more. Also, just because a travel company will work with you doesn't mean a hospital will want to hire you.

    Also, most of the travlers I work with refuse to take fresh hearts, mostly due to the politics involved. Do most places require you to take fresh hearts?

    Thanks...
    It's hard to generalize and say "most places", because every place is different. I have been pushed to take fresh hearts and refused, and other places I have taken fresh hearts.
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    Quote from markjrn
    After 8 years of traveling, I never worked in a facility where I didn't get some type of orientation. One place tried that once, and I put an end to immediately - it was professional responsibility and accountability, IMHO.

    To the OP, I have spoken with companies that require up to 4 years of experience. When you go to these places, you might get, say, 3 days or orientation. Sometimes less, sometimes more.
    Exactly, most facilities will only offer a traveler three days or orientation at the bedside, and possibly a day to three with the regular paperwork, etc.
    But you have to feel comfortable with how to do procedures of all types, and be able to jump in to about any situation. Many new nurses are under the assumption that they will get a full orientation like they did when they first started at their original hospital being a traveler. And this just isn't the case.
    There are too many agencies out there now with snakes as recruiters and are just worried about how many bodies that they can supply and nothing about the nurse.

    You have been doing this for about eight years or so, if I remember correctly.
    Unfortunately, in that time there has been a change in many of the training programs in the US with fewer clinical hours, etc.
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    Quote from suzanne4
    There are too many agencies out there now with snakes as recruiters and are just worried about how many bodies that they can supply and nothing about the nurse.
    Like I've said, travel nursing has evolved into a money game, and RN's are a commodity. Nurses who go into traveling without doing their homework - calling alot of companies, asking alot of questions, being prepared - run the chance of getting burned, unfortunately.
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    My mother retired after 18 years and is now a traveler. she has always gone through an orientation and some type of med math exam. the companys she has used have taken nurses with 1 year but prefer two years experience. she has been to wisconsin. california, alaska, maine, and arizona. I would love to travel one day when my children are older. I wouldn't consider doing it unless i had at least a years experience.

    melissa


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