Published Apr 29, 2005
i have narrowed down all my travel nursing company research to these two companies. has anyone had any travel assignments with any of these companies? if you have, please write about your experience. give me the good, the bad and the ugly.
Dixielee, BSN, RN
I just got home from work and am too tired to tell you all the best about RN Network....it would take all night. I love them. Have traveled with them for 5 years and have nothing bad to say about them. Check you PM and I will give you my recruiters name.I lucked out when I found them as my first choice to travel. I did one assignment with Intellistaf and would not work for them unless I absolutely couldn't find anything else.
Will give more specifics if you want them in a PM later, headed to bed now. Good luck.
I have worked for RN Network as well. I would recommend them. The immediate benefits are a big plus and they are quite helpful. Only had one bad experience with them out of many assignments. Their pay is quite low compared to some of the other companies tho.
I did one assignment with Rn Network and they were nice, but I hated the health insurance because they never would pay and I would have to keep faxing forms. There pay was crappy, and they told me that the hospital had " Double time for OT", but when I got there the hospital didn't let travelers work OT, so that way a lie. But my recuiter was nice, and most people do like them
I was turned off by RN network b/c my recruiter was like a snake. The benefits seemed good but the "double time for OT" was a lie as stated above. The hospital didnt allow OT for travelers.
I have a great recruiter at RN Network, so I dont' know how the others work, but I have been more than impressed. As far as the overtime, they tell you it is double on "most" premier assignments. You can't blame the company if the hospital does not allow OT for travelers. The company still may offer it, but all hospitals don't. Also, at least in Arizona, the Az. Hospital Asso. or something to that effect has gotten together and limited pay for travelers. I guess because the state uses so many travelers, they are trying to keep pay down a bit. They offer OT at time and 1/2 and all pay a set amount to the travel companies.
There is still competition, but the pay stays "reasonable" for the company.If you are strictly after cash, and housing, benefits, etc. don't matter, then you should go with the company that offers the most money, most opportunity for OT, etc. But if you want a company that won't lie to you, won't change the rules midstream, will stand behind you, then you need to look for reputation, not just cash.
As far as the insurance at RN Network, we have had everything paid quickly without a hitch. But we never did get Intelistaf insurance to pay, go figure??
RN Network told me that it was doube overtime for this specific facility and had it on my contract, not just as in general. So therefore yes they did lie about because the hospital is the one who chooses whether or not to offer that feature to try to recuit more travelers to that facility. When I got there they said they hardly ever give travelers OT because of the cost. RN Network I sure knew that, so therefore I am not impressed. There are other companies out there worth researching.
thank you for the input guys. fortunately, i am not looking to work ot. i want a travel company that i can trust while i am on assignment and i want to enjoy the places that i go to. ot would be nice, but it's not something that i do on a regular basis. too much work and no play don't mix well with me.
I would try CA then. Seriously - you get time and a half after 8 hours in a day so if you work a 12 hour shift, you get OT pay after the first 8 hours you work, even if you only work one twelve hour shift - it's the law!! I know a CA specific agency if you want to contact me!
People in my area (Seattle) continuously rave about HRN. I haven't heard of the 2 companies you mention.
would anyone be willing to share an awesome recruiter for cross country or rn network? i know they make or break a travel assignment so i want a great one!!
I am about to start traveling as RN and seems RN Network is on the ball. (?) Has anyone traveled with Trustaff or Medical Express? As a first time traveler it's tricky to pick one company when they all make alot of promises. How is the housing with these companies and do you usually drive or fly to your locations? I appreciate any information at all. Thanks!!
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