Travel RNs working only one assignment for an agency?

  1. I'm currently planning a relocation to a new city, and am considering trying to get a travel contract to start out with. That way I figure I'll have time to "shop around" and learn about the various hospitals and neighborhoods before making any permanent decisions!

    My question is, how do travel agencies feel about this type of travel nurse? Are they okay with nurses working only one assignment, or would they prefer someone who'll be with the agency for the long-haul? Would a recruiter be reluctant to work with me?

    Thanks in advance?
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  3. by   jskgx2
    Honestly, it really doesn't matter. If the hospital has a position open then the agency is eager to fill no matter how many assignments you plan to take with them.
  4. by   NedRN
    Agreed. There are some "gotcha" issues here though. The biggest one is if there is a "non compete" clause in either your contract with the agency or the agency's hospital contract. These clauses are more common than not. They effectively block you from going perm after a travel contract. That could be disastrous if that turns out to be a dream job. Discuss the issue both with the agency and the interviewing manager.

    There are also tax issues that may mean you make less than staff on what is effectively a "local" contract since you have moved there. All of your compensation will be taxable no matter what your recruiter might suggest to you.

    You will possibly come out ahead by interviewing with local hospitals and committing for one or two years. There could be a substantial sign on/ relocation bonus. The California hospital where I just finished an assignment was paying $15,000! So carefully explore all your options.
  5. by   V-Neck T-Shirt
    Ned, would you feel comfortable posting or PM me the hospital in Cali offering the signing bonus? Just for certain specialties? I'm currently on assignment in CA and might be interested in relocating here permanently. It's always interesting to hear about different options. Thanks!
  6. by   NedRN
    St Josephs in Eureka. Operating room. Two nurses (and they choose very poorly but now are stuck). Can't speak to any other specialties. It might be based on experience and current needs. In general before 2008, most hospitals countrywide paid relocation expenses. I've read that the total average cost of recruiting a new nurse is over $20,000. Just confirmed that figure with a simple Google search.
  7. by   V-Neck T-Shirt