Travel Nursing in St. Thomas - page 7

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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, perhaps share your experiences in... Read More


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    Does 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.
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    What do you think about RN Network after finishing one assignment? Will you work with them again?
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    Does 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.
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    Does 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!
    Deb
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    Thanks Deb. Very good info.
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    Hi all,
    We are waiting for an assignment to St Thomas. What are the issentials? What should we bring with us? I know K-mart is on the island but is there something we can't get at that Wal-mart that we might want to bring?
    Thanks for all your input!!
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    Bring clothes for warm weather only. Boots will be nice for the rainy season - late summer. Yes, there is a Kmart and you will find some convenience items there but they are very costly. Many nurses enjoyed package food items from home and many had someone from back home mail them.
    Good luck.
    Deb
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    Deb
    Thanks for the info. I take it we should take extra personal care items, toothpaste ect...
    When you say packaged food items you mean?? .......
    Thanks
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    I knew you were going to ask what I mean by "packaged items." Let me see, I don't eat packaged food. But my friends brought or had sent to them entrees and side items that were sealed, not frozen of course and needing microwave only. Ramen noodles comes to mind, there's other more substantial items too. Hope I'm giving you an idea.
    Oh, and of course bring money, LOL, or at least have some in the bank. I rented a mailbox - there's mail service business in the the Kmart plaza, and a car.
    And bring your passports. You may want to take a boating trip over to the British Virgins. Great trip! I had a great time there. What's your specialty and who is "we"? Kevin and Christine, I presume.:spin:
    Deb
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    A BIG warning to all nurses who come to USVI Nathaniel Hughes is a BIG con man. stay away from him.


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