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    lvnforschool likes this.

    As far as I know yes that is still true. Have a friend in CA that got her RN on-line through Excelsior and is licensed out of Texas I believe. She works for the federal government at the military base in San Diego. CA doesn't recognize the degree from Excelsior is what I understand.

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    AtHomeNurse: Did you also have to record yourself doing a head to toe assessment?

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    Nursling17 likes this.

    Quote from Nursling17
    That's my dream!!!!
    I want to travel with the fam while nursing, husband would home school the kids.

    Any tips, advice, how you make it work????

    Research, research, research. Join lots of different on-line groups (nursing and RV), read through previous posts, ask informed questions, etc. It can be done. But you need to thoroughly educate yourself. Good luck!

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    Quote from idodialysis
    Also ascertain whether or not there is a charge RN who can assist in the day to day function of the floor and cover call offs. If not you will have to do it and will be unable to get your own work done without working a 60-70 hour week. Ask how recently a CMS survey was done and what if any were the citations.
    You are awesome!! Thank you!

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    Quote from idodialysis
    Are you currently working in dialysis? Really it depends on several things: is your facility staffed with reliable and competent nurses and techs? Is the person who would be your direct supervisor involved, experienced and engaged? Is there good technical (biomedical) support? Is the medical director involved, approachable and willing to work with you.
    Not currently in dialysis but have worked as an RN in a facility previously. Those are some darn good questions for an interview so thank you!

    Just don't know much about this company so was curious of others thoughts. I have previous management experience and hoping to advance in the future. And I was contacted regarding this job so I didn't seek it out but always like to keep my options open.

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    Looking at a clinical manager job with Fresenius. I read the thread from 2009 (oh my!). Was curious if things had changed, thoughts about the company, general pay (it was mentioned pay would be significantly higher than 60K/year), etc. Any insight is greatly appreciated!

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    Parallon is the vendor management company for HCA facilities and they are a legitimate company. They handle per diem and travel contracts for HCA facilities among other things. There are a wide variety of opinions regarding them. Research some of the travel nurse forums for further info. I worked with them for a per diem contract in Texas.

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    I wouldn't take a taxable hourly rate less than $18/hr which is pretty standard "thinking" in the travel world. The hourly pay needs to be a little closer in line to what staff makes, which for Texas nurses is on average $25-30/hour. Your recruiter should be able to reconfigure the pay package with an hourly of $18 while keeping take home pay close to what you've been quoted. If you get audited the tax man won't be happy seeing your base pay at almost half what staff RN's make. Not good.

    With a lower base pay that benefits the travel company A LOT bc their payroll taxes are lower, etc, etc. See if you can research previous threads concerning this because I know it's been discussed. I'm not usually up at this hour so I hate to go into further detail and it be confusing.

    A take home of $1200 for Texas (M/S/Tele) is pretty standard. Might be a little harder in the larger cities though to make any kind of money because rent will be higher. I'm currently at a small hospital in TX and $1200 is close to what I take home. But rent for my RV site is very reasonable compared to other areas of Texas I'd looked at.

    Good luck to you! Hope this all makes sense.

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    My husband and I travel in our RV. It can be a lot of work finding campgrounds close to the job and not paying an arm and a leg. And we're restricted by the weather sometimes. Really wanted to take a job in Cody WY but no RV parks were open the first month I'd be there for assignment. But we like having all our stuff with us and we both have motorcycles so our toy hauler works great for us!

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    MsConstrued likes this.

    Quote from NedRN
    The consequences are that you will get off your butt and line up some better recruiters!
    That was awesome!!! LOL!!!

    MsConstrued: my base pay rate is $18/hr and my holiday rate is $27. Not sure what the "rules" are. Pluses and minuses to holidays. I actually prefer to work them bc it's usually slower, admin is gone, & I don't like to do "touristy" things on holidays. I'm not really worried what everyone else is getting paid, staff wise.

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    thewandereRN likes this.

    New recruiter time if he/she has any condescending tone in their voice like that. Those are straight up hard sales tactics and that's the last thing you need in a recruiter. It should be a professional relationship, on both ends.

    I'm still new to traveling and I'm sure there are disadvantages in not having another contract lined up after one ends but that's for each traveler to decide for themselves. People take time off between assignments all the time.

    I've got 2 recruiters I work with and if you'd like their name/number PM me. They've both been a huge help to a new traveler and are extremely patient and have never pressured me. As opposed to a 3rd recruiter I WAS working with who has pulled some stunts that I refuse to put up with.

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    Quote from RobotNurse
    This makes sense. My problem was when I got the contract and read it, my gut feeling was that I shouldn't sign it as-is...but I did, because I only had 24 hours and the recruiter was not answering my email that I sent stating I had concerns about some of the terms in the contract.

    The recruiter is pushing me to let him submit me for something else ASAP; I'm not sure how to say "I'm waiting to make sure you don't do anything shady before I agree to work with you again" in a professional and polite manner.
    So your recruiter won't respond to your messages when you have concerns about a contract presented to you but the recruiter pushes you to make decisions about your next assignment? Sounds like a car salesperson to me. The recruiter didn't call you back or answer your questions - on purpose. If it were me I'd find a new recruiter. If you have doubts there's a reason why.

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    Lovelymo79 likes this.

    To the OP: there are lots of great places in Texas to work. And there are some places that suck (Conroe I've heard). It's just like everywhere else. Usually it comes down to specific facilities. If you're on facebook join a few of the nurse travel groups & ask some questions there bc you'll get a much more diverse response. I see people posting all the time about places they've worked in Texas that they love.

    I'm on my first travel assignment in south Texas and these people are AMAZING. The first day on the floor the hospitalist introduced himself and welcomed me to the facility. He treats the nurses like family. All the staff say hello and I've had so many people stop by to say welcome to town and thanks for taking the assignment.

    No we don't have unions, not every hospital is HCA, yes you're going to work for every penny you earn, very few of the doctors are rude.... I could go on and on and counter what others have said. Everyone has their own personal experiences and opinions. Some people refuse to work for HCA facilities. I worked for one and while some things I wasn't crazy about overall it wasn't bad.

    Be more concerned with the specific facility, not the state.

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    Just wondering if anyone knows anything about the facility. Looking at a job there. Thanks!

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    Quote from nursetaminator
    According to a friend who lives in CA and received her degree from Excelsior (and got her RN license from Texas) you can apply for endorsement but it's pretty much a lost cause, at least for now.
    To clarify: lost cause for getting a CA license/endorsement at this time.