Odd Situation/Travel Nursing...Input, Please

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My close friend who is an RN and I work per diem for an agency that sends nurses to administer vaccinations for the US Armed Services. I am licensed in NY. From what I understand, you cannot work elsewhere unless you have applied for reciprocacy. I do love the job, it is fun, the nurses work great together and they love my hard work. Sometimes, they get assignments to work New Jersey and I know for a fact that two of the nurses that go are licensed for New Jersey. They used to send my friend to assignments like this also, to Jersey, but then, because her license out there expired, they stopped using her.

Now, today, I receive a text message from the person who normally works as a clerk with us (she works with the RN who runs this agency at a medical insurance underwriter company) asking me if I wanted to work an event in PA. I immediately sent an email asking if I am licensed to work there (knowing the answer was no) and basically, I put them off until I received a response from them regarding licensure. Then, my friend who normally works with me called me and said they called and asked her. I say the same "Do you have a license to work out there" and her response is "Well, they're desperate". I told her to forget it.

Now, it just may be that because this agency services Army men that there is a loophole somewhere, however, no one sent me anything in writing making this clear. I think this should have been the first thing that came out of her mouth...either "Pagan, I would like for you to work, and I am sending you information that will clear you", or even " Pagan, I want you to work, we are taking a chance", to give ME a choice. God forbid something happens out there, I cannot envision NSO covering me for practicing out of state, and then, like the other thread that is currently going on, that I, too, will be disappointed in my visit to the BON because I let greed interfere with common sense. What do you guys think?

This actually leads to another question;traveling nurses. How are you guys covered? Are you traveling within your state? Did you have to apply for reciprocracy to work in other states, or was there a clause because of the agency that you work for? If so, did they give you anything in writing?

Because this agency called me at the last minute, asking that I go this Friday, I said 'no' because this doesn't give me enough time to make an educated decision and I'd rather be safe than sorry. In addition, this gives me a chance to see where this particular agency (or rather the nurse, herself who I work with) is coming from. Don't risk ME because you get a big buck assignment, buddy. My license and way of life is NOT for sale.


Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

Oh, and I inquired with MY state board of nursing, who governs ME. That woman must be NUTS!

thank-you for the compliment. I remember one of my first tests in nursing 30 years ago was on Licensure- endorsement, reciprocity, examination - the only three ways a nurse can obtain or practice nursing LEGALLY. The opportunity sounds like a scam- because if the person offering you that position was a nurse or a legitiment NURSE. NURSING CAREER RECRUITER or SPECIALIST they would not have tried to intice you with the lure of money and already know the 3 wys i mentioned above. when i call the different travel agencies- all the usual players seen advertised- the second question they ask is where do you hold a license, the first ques is where are you looking to travel to. That woman in the situation you described sounds - to me- like she is trying to make money off your licen. maybe you should report the insident with her name, phone number to your BON and let them investigate/prosecute her- the BON has more money and means to operate then just you or me alone. The BON can also act to protect nursing (us) Read the BON 's purpose on their opening webpage- to protect the citizens and profession of nursing . never forget the basics we were taught in nursing school- i don't think they will stear us wrong. It seems like the scam artists have now invaded nursing practice. good luck and be wise- READ, READ and READ

just another thought- maybe that woman is a nurse who lost her own lices- possibly through drug diversion and needs money any way she can get it. another good reson to notify the BON with name, phone number and formal complaint- ( sorry that's the sherlock holms in me - or the ACLS- "hunt for a cause" )

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

She has an active RN license (of course, I checked). I suspect that she is greedy and does not consider the situation she places her staff in as long as she gets paid. Not a good thing.

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

Just to drop another update; after I received the email response from my state BON, I asked to be sure if I could not work in another state. She responded yesterday that it is up to the individual state, so, I sent an email to the PA BON, and their response was what I expected-that they do not allow nurses to practice without at least a temporary license...which, of course, would not have been made available within a few days.

While I can't say that I trust any BON, I can certainly say that I had two almost immediate responses from two different states, mine and PA. This is a word of warning to people...when you are not sure, contact them. You'll be better off at least knowing what risks you are taking before you leap, and let no one just tell you anything.

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