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cathy4nier has 6 years experience and works as a presently un-employed.

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I have been contemplating travel nursing after been UN-employed for 4 months, is there any-one who like to share their experiences about it? I have been a RN for 6 years (2yr. in med-surge, and 4 years in home care). I also would like to do home care.

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NYCRN6 has 4 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Hey there! Just finished with my first and last travel nursing assignment! I used it to get to NYC and love it to death!

I work now in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Columbia New York Presbyterian as a per diem RN.

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PM me so we can talk!

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Travel Nursing is a great way to stay employed, find your next permanent job, or travel (all expenses paid) around the country and see the sites.

There are some downsides to travel nursing. You really want to be sure the agency you pick puts everything in writing and they have staff who watch out for you.

I have a site I have created that provides some information about travel nursing http://www.the-travel-nurse.com/index.html

I talk a lot about the requirements, characteristics, and things like traveling with pets.

Chances are you are more likely to find a position in med-surg as clinical hospital settings have the most demand. Don't hesitate to ask any agency you contact if they have home nursing care positions. They might have them. :)

You might also consider what is called agency nursing. This is basically like working on call for a region or large city. The only agency I have experience with is called Favorite Nurses. I used to travel all over Washington and Oregon doing short term. The drawback is you sometimes don't know if you are working until the day before the shift. Extreme flexibility and the willingness to work in mulitple facilities or settings can be a big plus.

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cathy4nier has 6 years experience and works as a presently un-employed.

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What do you mean by "you really want to be sure the agency you pick puts everything in writing" ? do you mean the assignment?

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What do you mean by "you really want to be sure the agency you pick puts everything in writing" ? do you mean the assignment?

When you accept a travel assignment you are usually offered a contract. You want to be sure that all of the details in the contract match what you are being told about the contract and that it includes all the things you and the agency and the facility have agreed to about the terms of your employment.

It should include the details about salary, hours of work, overtime, bonuses, floating, standards of practice and professional conduct, housing, travel pay, travel arrangements, penalties for non-performance (for both parties), medical insurance, length of the contract, education, certifications (who pays?) and other details.

The agency may offer some of these details in a seperate package from the contract with the facility. For example, many travel agencies offer 401K plans and medical benefits.

Things you should discuss with the travel recruiter include: who pays for your travel to the assignment and when you end the assignment who pays for your return travel to your home base? What is the housing arrangement? will you live in a private apartment or will you be expected to share an apartment with another traveler? If you plan to travel with a significant other you may want to arrange private housing. :twocents:

http://www.the-travel-nurse.com/travel-nurse-contract.html

You should also check out the section here at allnurses.com about travel nursing.

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Honeynurse has 8 years experience and works as a Telemetry RN.

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I worked registry a few years ago and really enjoyed it. It's good experience working in different hospitals and environments. I am looking into travel nursing right now and it sounds exciting. New city, new experience, new adventure!!!

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cathy4nier has 6 years experience and works as a presently un-employed.

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Thanks for the advice and the website that I have been checking out!

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farmerRN works as a RN.

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Don't get me wrong, Travel nursing is alot of fun...but the travel/agency nursing sector has taken a big hit. Not alot of jobs and pay/benefits are seriously depressed. I am coming off the road again and taking a permanent job for awhile. It is quite common to make more right now as a regular staff member than travel nurses.

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