Does anyone know if there are any travel opportunities for new grads out there, or do all of the agencies require at least 1yr experience?
I have seen ads lately from agencies taking new grads, and/or travel! STAY AWAY from them!!! And as for signing on somewhere for a bonus, I wouldn't advise it! I have run into too many new grads who did that, and were very sorry they did! In fact ran into one just last year, and she was ready to chuk nursing all together, after taking a relocation bonus, sign on bonus, and stipend for an apt.
And she came from a family of medical people, but had no idea that her orientation to critical care, would end up the way it did! She signed at a good hospital, but she ended up with about five different preceptors, and two who made sexual advances to her, both male and female!
She was alone in a strange city, that she came to hate, after being soo excited about relocating there. Plus she was in a bad position to boot, as the hospital and her parted ways within months of her arrival!
Plus many hospitals now want you to sign on for two years, and bonuses are cut in half with taxes! I would suggest being very careful about where you go, and get a lot of feedback from nurses who work and have worked in that hospital. And remember recruiters are professional sales people, and will say anything to get you to sign on the dotted line!
Last edit by Brownms46 on Dec 3, '03