Looks like it won't be Tucson anytime soon! (And we were sooo looking forward to it!) The DON from that facility never could be pinned down for an interview with me. Not sure what the problem was, but after talking to the state about the latest survey, it probably is just as well! Maybe we'll get to Tucson later!
Hi, Renerian! I am working with Jan Heath at TravStaff, but they tried to connect me to the DON at a facility in Tucson for about 2 months with no luck. First the DON was on vacation for 3 1/2 wks, then the state was in while she was gone. Not sure what the problem is, but I have asked Jan to submit me to different facilities, especially after seeing the results of their last 2 years worth of surveys! I am gettig frustrated, as I thought it would take about 2 to 3 wks to find a position after I received my license. (It only took 1 1/2 wks to get my Arizona temp license in hand, believe it or not!) Jan is great. This facility was new to their agency, so part of the problem was trying to find out who to talk to while the DON was on vacation. I have talked to other agencies that have offered me positions in LTC, but they only offered $13 to $16/hr! Needless to say, I didn't accept any of those offers. Part of my frustration is that I also have recent experience in Rehab and Med/Surg, so didn't expect it to take this long to connect with a traveling position! Are you an experienced traveler or are you new to it like me?
Janet I only did home health traveling and it was a major pain. I ended up getting so lost as I would have to drive in several counties. I think traveling is great when you only have to learn how to get to one place to start but when I drive in California and I am from Ohio it was not fun. I liked the job though. My problem is I have worked in home health since 91. I did work LTC from 97 to 2000. I am starting at a SNF tomarrow to update my resume so I can do some other traveling in rehab or something. I would not think it would be hard to find LTC or SNF work but it is. I am trying to get a dialysis internship since the base of my acute care is hem/onc/bmt and it is a total change so I would need alot of training. My recruiter says it may take several months to iron that one out. That rate you were quoted was really low. Did you look at cross country's website. I am actually listed with 6 agencies. ARe you listed with only l?
I am actively working with 2 agencies, Renerian, although I have listed with several others. I will be calling other agencies tomorrow to see if I can increase my likelihood of finding a position in the next few weeks! (As well as re-contacting the agencies I have already signed up with.) The agencies I am working with pay a minimum of $18/hr, which is CLOSER to what I currently make. I was surprised that, with the nursing shortage, traveling positions weren't offering at least what I can make WITHOUT going through an agency as an LPN!
Not sure what would be considered advertising on here...so if anyone is interested in finding information on an agency....please feel free to pm. I'm not doing LTC, but I know they pay more than $18/hr on LPNs on any of the contracts I have worked. And they have posted on my forum...postions for much higher.. http://forums.delphiforums.com/travelingLPNs/start