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Is this COVID-era travel money for real?? Sustainable??

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Specializes in ICU, Military. Has 18 years experience.

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anchorRN, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in ICU, Military. Has 18 years experience.

@NedRN Yeah I was expecting crappy insurance, I remember that from before.  Luckily I am in good health and rarely go to the doctor.  I mainly just need a policy to protect me from catastrophe, which can happen to anyone.  I'm already paying $250/mo for my premium at my current job and its not the greatest of coverage.  When I was staff at the hospital I worked at prior to becoming an FNP my insurance was BOMB.  I paid a very small premium since I am single with no kids (it was free up until the last 2 years I worked there).  I miss that coverage but not the job. 

As I said above in my reply to @allstarnurse1 I am taking these next 4-5 months to find a company and a recruiter who are ideal for me.  I'm in no rush, although I do hate my FNP job.  A $500/mo health insurance premium is a tough pill to swallow, especially for someone like me who rarely uses it.  But I get it.  Even if I am offered a small premium by a travel company, I have no doubt I'm paying for it in other ways such as lower weekly pay, etc.  I'm definitely glad there are still a few people still active in this sub-forum!  I still have yet to find a forum that is super active.  That facebook group I joined is very active, but again, I prefer the anonymity of a forum, as I'm sure recruiters and companies watch these pages that have your name all over it.  Not for me. LOL

3 hours ago, anchorRN said:

@allstarnurse1Do you recommend any companies to look into?  Or those I should avoid?  TYIA!

So clearly you don't want to try my procedure for finding agencies/recruiters! Fair enough. But let me give you some more caveats and other recommendations. First is that most recommending an agency is doing it for the referral bonus. You can also find many horror stories about agencies online. Take those with a grain of salt. Every single agency has such stories, and the bigger the agency, the more such stories. And every agency, even the worst of the worst, has fans. All you can really count on is having your own interactions with recruiters to see who you might trust and build a successful professional relationship with.

But if you want to hear directly from recruiters without calling them, try facebook. There are several "high pay only" pages there where you can at least get an idea of "tone" by reading their posts. That might be a good place to start finding recruiters. And email, FB, or text them for more if you must avoid hearing their voice.

You could also try Googling "travel nurse companies". I'd almost recommend skipping the first couple pages of results as those are the agencies who spend the most on marketing (which often means lower pay), but doesn't really matter. Those agencies often have good paying jobs, and depending on your recruiter, may also treat you well.

In the last twenty years, I've been asked a lot about "good" agencies. I firmly believe there is no such thing outside of some small agencies with a max of a couple recruiters including the owner. It is far easier to name bad agencies and I do that! Names fluctuate over time, but one does not. Avoid Aureus at all costs (unless you are allied health). Truly despicable practices for the last 20 years consistently. I could write ten pages on the topic, but try to Google Aureus reviews or the like - I think almost the only positive reviews will be by allied health travelers.

I'd also recommend caution with any Ohio based agency, at least those in the Cincinnati area like Trustaff. Never really heard much good about any of them. I used to say the same thing about Omaha area agencies (Aureus is the grandaddy in the Omaha area with most area agencies founded by ex-employees, but it simply doesn't hold water.

I'd also avoid Healthtrust. Primary reason is that they are owned by HCA, the for profit hospital chain big in the South, and 99% of their assignments are at HCA facilities. Absolutely horrible places to work. Even the couple facilities they manage in California are worse than average facilities in that state.

If you must work in Texas and not just visit, I still would not recommend Healthtrust. Virtually every agency has access to those same HCA assignment (although not first access) and will treat you better and usually pay better as well.

That's my short list of do not work agencies.

5 minutes ago, anchorRN said:

@NedRNThat facebook group I joined is very active, but again, I prefer the anonymity of a forum, as I'm sure recruiters and companies watch these pages that have your name all over it.  Not for me. LOL

OK, so Ned is not my real name! And is not associated with my real name in any way. And yes, in the past, many travelers have been terminated for online posts. Even when not giving up their real name, ongoing issues were described so specifically than anyone from that hospital unit or agency would know who they were.

Get your catastrophe insurance fast! Trump made it legal, Biden is likely to get that reversed. Catastrophe insurance is the very definition of high deductible, but it is not going to cover long catastrophes, like a liver transplant. Has many of the same characteristics as no insurance, and in my opinion is high cost.

anchorRN, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in ICU, Military. Has 18 years experience.

3 minutes ago, NedRN said:

So clearly you don't want to try my procedure for finding agencies/recruiters! 

LOL Not true at all, I actually really like your tactic for finding seasoned recruiters.  However I don't think that asking another forum member's opinion is in any way a bad idea.  I get that there are incentives for someone recommending another traveler, but I also have been around the block once or twice and can hopefully smell a rat if thinks start sounding dicey. I'm happy that others are engaging on this discussion and will welcome anyone's advice!