OR travelers..

by MadpeysRN MadpeysRN Member

Specializes in MedSurg, OR, Cardiac step down.

Please tell me what you hate most about traveling as an OR nurse. Is it hard to fine 12hr shift contracts in CA, without call and without scrubbing?



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Most travel assignments are no scrub, but scrub experience helps you get assignments. No call and 12 hour shifts is going to depend on luck. However, I did do an assignment at Kaiser that was just that. I don't seek out no call jobs though, I like the overtime and if you get lucky in open hearts, even minimal call pay can add up. I was on call at one assignment (not in California) and took 30 hours of call a week and didn't get called in once in 8 months. 8 months x $7 x 30 sure added up. A California assignment I had paid 40% of bill rate for call. But the hours were slim.

But each to their own. I don't hate anything about traveling except it takes a while to become really efficient at a new hospital. Thus I usually extend.


Specializes in Peri-Op. Has 10 years experience. 1,221 Posts

Its the same thing I hate about staff jobs really, well just one. Knowing where everything is can slow you down. Once I know the locations of stuff/places and get the flow of work I am good. Usually a few shifts is good.

I have noticed that being strong in everything is a love/hate thing. They will love you and respect you a bit more which is nice but sometimes I hate it because you can get quickly tossed in a big case without much or any prep. If you are in a place that does more in depth cases, that can be a sink or swim type deal, if your not a strong swimmer....... I also try to stay 6 months minimum if i like it.... I start with 13 weeks though and extend from there, there are alot that try and lock you in at 26 to start. I would rather have the option to go at 13 if the place blows.

my current place does transplant, cvor, robotics, ortho, gyn, ent, basically everything.... only a few travellers have the opportunity(i see it that way) to do cvor and transplant here.

12 hour shifts is more rare in CA but not impossible. I prefer 12s and no call and I request it. I got 10s and no call/weekends on this contract. I'm happy just getting my weekly pay, dont care about extra pay....