Travel Nursing in St. Thomas - page 5
I have accepted an assignment to RLS Hospital in the US Virgin Islands with Professional Nursing Services. I leave January 5th and was wondering if anyone could give me advice on car rentals,... Read More
0Apr 28, '10 by l&d_rnhas anyone worked on the post partum/antepartum unit here? what can you tell me about it, good/bad/indifferent? thanks
1Apr 28, '10 by davesAny inquiry Re St Thomas will garner a lot of replies because of the large number of travelers that have historically staffed that site. There is actually a school of Nursing at UVI, but those few grads usually promptly go to Miami or New York.
I was in the ER a few years ago, before Hugo, and did enjoy it quite a bit. Scuba diving every day, low stress, and a third world manana attitude that I personally don't mind. That said, some ICU nurses, who are generally a bit more tightly wound than ER folks, really had a hard time with the daily mindset there. For example, when we brought them a patient that needed telemetry, they might have to pull a set of cables off one patient to give to the new one. Not enough to go around.
In the ER, we would pass a hat around to go across the field in front of the hospital to go in a pharmacy and buy a big bottle of Tylenol for patient use. Sometimes the doc had only two or three antibiotics to choose from. At times there were only 24 guage or 18 guage angiocaths to select from. There was a lot of make-it-work there.
That said, it is quite an experience. Hardly third world - I was in the Peace Corps and have been in dozens of true third world "hospitals". But speaking of third world, if I'm not mistaken, Roy Schneider was Dr Roy Schneider, a neurologist while I was there, who got himself elected governor, and then named the hospital after himself.
RLS may not be the first hospital you should ever work in, but with an open mind and some cross-cultural experience, it may be one of the most rememberable ones. There were nurses there that had been extending for years.
Get a car from a local for 500 bucks, then sell it to someone else for 500 bucks. Don't even think about a motorcycle or bike; the cabbies will make short work of you. Have license in hand - you do not want to deal with this BON in person. We had a nurse from Scotland who sat around for weeks waiting for hers - reference manana attitude.
St Thomas was a great gig - I would go back, because it is so different. Where else can you finish your night shift, and go open the bars with your coworkers to greet the dawn? Thats good stuff.
0Apr 4, '11 by sheilalbissellI am trying to get to St Thomas. I have completed all my paper work, license is there waiting for me, Trustaff is ready to send me - but I am still waiting on the hospital to call for the interview - any advice? Trustaff also submitted me to Gulf Port just in case - has anyone worked at the Garden Park Hospital? If so where do people stay while they are on assignment?
0Apr 4, '11 by bonesrnSounds like a question for your recruiter at Trustaff? Trustaff has a liason at the hospital, so somebody should be able to tell you something? I called HR myself regarding a position and the nurse recruiter got back to me the same day? How long have you been waiting???
0Apr 4, '11 by sheilalbissellAbout 2 weeks. My recruiter said not to call the hospital. My recruiter wanted me to start today - now he had to push it back to 4/18 - my bags are packed just waiting. My recruiter has not heard back from the liasion
0Apr 5, '11 by RNERHOUSESUPORYou don't have a start date nor a job until the interview no matter what the recruiter "wants". Might need to start looking with another company. That's just my opinion though. How long can you go without working? Have you bought your ticket to the island? May luck be with you.
0Apr 5, '11 by bonesrnI agree with Rod. Until you personally speak with the manager and have offer and contract in hand, you are no closer to St. Thomas than I am. If the recruiter doesn't want you calling, is he/she calling on your behalf?
0Apr 6, '11 by davesPlease do not just show up at this hospital in particular, or any assignment in general, without a contact person whom you have already talked with. Get their number during this conversation, and possibly call back a few days later to confirm.
If you do end up going, have fun. The V.I. is all about good times. Get down island!
0Jul 10, '11 by mcknurseDoes any one out there have any info on Seaview Nursing and Rehab in St. Croix.Just filled out my 1st app with RN Network, and would like to do a travel assignment in VI. I have 5 Yrs. experience with rehab nursing and only 18 months med-surg in a small hospital, so I would like to start traveling with a rehab assignment where I feel most comfortable. Any feedback would be appreciated.
0Jul 18, '11 by RN ZekeWhat do you think about RN Network after finishing one assignment? Will you work with them again?
0Aug 17, '11 by palmeraDoes anyone have any information of PNS? I will do my first travel assignment with them to St. Thomas. I wanted to know what the housing situation is like. They told me they place their travelers in Sapphire Village. How easy is it to get a 2 bedroom unit? I love the beach and I have lived on other islands, so I am used to that type of living. But i am really concerned about the living situation. Does anyone know if that area is safe? I know each unit is individually owned, but in general are the units there nice? If I extend my contract will I be able to stay in my same unit? How much do 2 bedroom usually cost per month? Thanks.
0Aug 17, '11 by nursinadreamQuote from palmeraDoes anyone have any information of PNS? I will do my first travel assignment with them to St. Thomas. I wanted to know what the housing situation is like. They told me they place their travelers in Sapphire Village. How easy is it to get a 2 bedroom unit? I love the beach and I have lived on other islands, so I am used to that type of living. But i am really concerned about the living situation. Does anyone know if that area is safe? I know each unit is individually owned, but in general are the units there nice? If I extend my contract will I be able to stay in my same unit? How much do 2 bedroom usually cost per month? Thanks.
I did a contract with PNS in Washington DC. Very successful assignment. Not having much to compare PNS too, I believe they are a "small" company. For example, I conversed with a recruiter, and one other person only. She handled housing and payroll, everything was perfect, and someone always answered the phone. When recruiter on vacation the other lady answered the phone.
I worked in St Thomas last Aug-Dec, but I didn't live at Sapphire Village. All my friends (fellow travelers) did though. They were happy for the most part. Because of the individual ownership the units were in varying degrees of quality, furnishings and upkeep, etc. And the buildings are not new by any means. One friend had a serious roof leak and was moved to another. Of course none of his stuff was damaged, just kind of a pain. Internet is not available in each room. Some travelers used their smart phones for interenet access. Some bought an electronic attachment from Radio Shack - sorry don't remember what that is exactly, but even that did not work in every room of Sapphire. There is access in a public room - the laundry area, I believe, and maybe the bar on property. The property is safe and very beautiful. The views are magnificient from every room. The beach and pool are in very good condition. Lots of hospital workers there and lots of vacationers too. I don't know the price for 2 bedroom and I don't know how certain it is if you extend and want to stay or move to a different property. One nurse had a fabulous unit for 12 weeks but had to move because owner was coming down. Again that would be a pain. I think its a bit of a crap shoot how "nice" your unit will be. They are all safe and have adequate furnishings and space - small space lol.
Last year Trustaff had an exclusive contract. HOWEVER, there were a few exceptions, in fact 2 of my coworkers in the OR were traveling with PNS. They "seemed" to be making a little more, though I'm not sure, I find it hard to compare. I used Trustaff but found my own housing and paid it myself. I stayed just down the road in Pineapple Village, renting directly from an owner. I rented a car too, I wanted my independence.
I had a great time!