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Nurses Taking Jobs in U.S.

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I have recently been approached by several hospital staffing companies in the U.S.. They seem to be offering a very attractive package. Has anyone had experience with these staffing companies? What has been your experience?

The jobs are in Florida, and Phoenix, and they are very interested in me because I am a Canadian Citizen.

live4today, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

Beware of those staffing companies. Their business is not about you the nurse. It's about what they can gain from all the contracts they land in various hospitals. It's big money for the staffing companies, and not as beneficial to the nurse as you might think.

I've worked with several staffing companies in my nursing years, and the one that did me right everytime is no longer in operation. The recent ones I've worked with are full of promises, but do not deliver what they promise.

Check them out really good before you buy into their "gift package". All gifts look good on the outside. Once opened, sometimes they don't contain what we had hoped for. :)

The reason that they are interested is that you can work with just a TN Visa, and do not have to go thru the long immigration wait.

As stated above, they are concerned with filling numbered slots, nothing more.

Be very, very careful....................

gchelak

Specializes in Pediatrics.

The reason that they are interested is that you can work with just a TN Visa, and do not have to go thru the long immigration wait.

As stated above, they are concerned with filling numbered slots, nothing more.

Be very, very careful....................

Yes, BE CAREFUL! I have heard that they bring you here with all of these promises, and you end up doing the "crappy" work that no one wants because you haev a contract.

I have recently been approached by several hospital staffing companies in the U.S.. They seem to be offering a very attractive package. Has anyone had experience with these staffing companies? What has been your experience?

The jobs are in Florida, and Phoenix, and they are very interested in me because I am a Canadian Citizen.

Hey, I'm Canadian and used to work in the US. If you have any questions, please feel free to private message me. Take care.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

I have recently been approached by several hospital staffing companies in the U.S.. They seem to be offering a very attractive package. Has anyone had experience with these staffing companies? What has been your experience?

The jobs are in Florida, and Phoenix, and they are very interested in me because I am a Canadian Citizen.

Some years ago before traveling nurses I worked for a very innovative hospital who went to Canada and recruited about 12 RNs and signed them to 6 month contracts to work at our hospital. They supplied them with housing--each had their own studio apartment. We had one of these nurses assigned to our medical floor, but we only worked with her about 50% of the time. These nurses were the first ones to get floated to other units. She began to get homesick after awhile and after about 3 months she asked to be let out of her contract and go back home. I was very sad to see her leave because she was a very nice person and I liked working with her.

I've had two friends who worked for traveling nurse companies. They were experienced med/surg nurses who had figured out that they were going to be the float pool at where ever they were assigned. They did it mostly to live in areas of the country where they could do some sightseeing and exploration of the area.

I applied to one of these companies that offered really attractive salaries and my own apartment, but when it came time to sign the first contract, the wage was way less than what they had been advertising and I had to pay part of the monthly rent on the apartment. The reason: well, you're just starting. Your wage will be increased after your first assignment. They told me that the apartment rents were more expensive than they had anticipated for that area. I didn't sign the contract.

Florida and Phoenix have very large populations of the elderly because of the huge numbers of people who retire and move there to be in warmer climates. Florida is especially known to have a nursing shortage. I'm not so sure of what it going on in Phoenix, but there are a lot of retirees there so the hospitals are probably very busy.

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