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Gary Mendoza

Gary Mendoza

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Gary Mendoza specializes in Emergency Department.

Founder and owner of GypsyReports.com and "Facilities Cancellation Database" on Facebook.

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    Cynet..good or bad?

    Never heard of them. Personally, I avoid unknown agencies. I suggest finding travel nursing groups and asking for recruiter suggestions. There are even websites that have recruiter ratings / reviews if you look / ask around enough.
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    Traveling for a PNR...

    I've never seen a traveler that worked PRN, but if they did I would imagine you would be at a huge disadvantage because you wouldn't have guaranteed hours being PRN. They would have to fill the schedule with staff first, next with full-time travelers (with guaranteed hours) and then you. They could work you as little as they wanted and I don't imagine you'd get full-time hours. If I were going to travel , I wouldn't even consider PRN positions. However, if you were just going to be local per-diem with a local agency you could probably work multiple hospitals and get enough shifts.
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    Traveling for a PNR...

    No guarantees with a contract either. I track traveler cancellations and a traveler can be canceled for any reason or no reason at all (shift or contract). Related to contracts, many times facilities will cancel a contract and give the reason as 'low census' so they don't have to pay a contract cancellation fee. Regarding shifts, often times they have a limit on how many times they can cancel your shifts. I usually see that they can cancel you 1 shift per two weeks. Always get guaranteed hours so if they don't cancel your contract your agency will still pay you. Reported cancellations dropped approximately 56% from 2017 to 2018, which is very significant. Of course reports are dependent on travelers actually reporting their cancellations, but I do believe cancellations are actually down so while traveling is still risky, it's gotten much better within the past year. If you want to learn more, check out my profile for the links to my website 'Gypsy Reports' and to the Facebook group that puts out traveler alerts to help travelers avoid bad situations. Travel safely.
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    Expect hardest assignment, no CNAs, no lunch break?

    mtnNurse, IV skills are always nice to have, but most places I've worked the Med/Surg nurses weren't very good with IV's nor were they expected to be. Most of them would call ICU or ER for hard sticks unless they had an IV team. I wouldn't fret if your IV skills aren't up to snuff. I've been traveling for many years and it's hit or miss with the CNAs / Techs. Some assignments you have no techs at all, some assignments you have one tech for the entire floor and a few assignments I had plenty of techs. That's always a good question to ask in your interview with the facility, but sometimes they aren't going to be honest with their answer so try to 'read between the lines'. baschaff , I have to say that most places I've worked at were fair with patient assignments, but there have been a few where the travelers got the worse of the worst and those were usually the smaller rural hospitals. I think the reason is two-fold. 1. rural nurses and doctors aren't as experienced as a seasoned travel nurse (usually) so they give the "scary" patients to the travelers 2. small rural hospitals are very 'clicky' and they rather shit on you than their neighbor, you're leaving eventually so if they piss you off, no big deal really. Overall, travel is very challenging, you have to be able to take some abuse (a lot in some rare cases) , but you also have to be able to put your foot down and say "NO" when things are dangerous and/or jeopardize your license. Only you know what you can handle and if it's getting to be too much you have to be comfortable speaking up because they don't know your limits.
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    Low Ball Offers

    Pay for California has dropped in recent years, I let my California license lapse because it's just not worth it to me anymore. If I can't make at least $2,000 / week / net after housing costs in California I'm not interested. It seems a lot of contracts I've been seeing are about $1800 gross / week without housing and that's a no from me.
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    Travel Agencies to use for NYC?

    Most agencies have many of the same jobs because they all pull jobs from a 'vendor' website/database. Some agencies do have exclusive relationships with hospitals and then will 'subcontract' out the jobs they can't fill to other agencies, but the best way to find out is to call a hospital you are interested in , ask for HR and ask them what agencies they work with, they'll tell you.
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    Never again with Cross Country TravCorps

    I'm so sorry to hear this happened to you. There's a site where you can leave reviews for your agency and recruiter as well as that facility you worked so future travelers will be aware of the situations and make informed decisions. You can leave your recruiter review at Recruiter Database There is a reporting link near the top and you can leave your facility review at Facilities Database Travelers need to know about facilities and recruiters like this, the only way we're going to fix these problematic entities is by communicating with each other.
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    Hospitals in LA

    Kaiser has a history of treating travelers unfairly. I would say peruse Facebook for the travel nursing groups and ask around. The travel nursing world is small and we love to share our experiences.
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    Emergency Nurses More Pro-Police?

    Before I was a traveler, the local police watched out for us and took care of us and in return we'd let them in the backdoor and help them get through the medical clearance process faster, but they cut off the mutual courtesy so our hospital stopped giving them preferential treatment. They started treating us just like any other citizen and we returned the treatment. Not sure what caused the change, but now they are put in the queue just like any other patient walking through and they get seen when it's their turn. They've always used the ER as a drunk tank, they are famous for saying "Do you want to go to jail or to the hospital?" , I've always hated that they do that. They need to put in the cell and allowed to sober up, but because the officers don't want to do the paperwork, they dump them on the hospital. I've noticed it's about 50/50 love/hate at most ER's I work. Personally, they don't get preferential treatment from me.
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    Has anyone else had a nurse manager swear during an interview?

    Yup, did an interview for a travel position and she said some curse words, I said some curse words. I took the job , she was the best manager I ever worked for.
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    DaVita hiring question

    I've been trying to get salary information regarding their acute dialysis nurses and they absolutely refuse to tell me anything. I've given up and told them that's probably why they have such a shortage of dialysis nurses, most nurses I know aren't going through the trouble of applying to a job without knowing the salary. So I just moved past them.
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    Security in ER??

    No, not all. I'm a travel ER nurse and many ER's don't have anything. When the crap hits the fan we just deal with it ourselves.
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    Confused with offer

    Insurance: included (Means it's already taken out of your salary) Relocation: 500.00 (A one-time payment for your travel expenses, probably get it on your first check) Weekly Housing Stipend: 636.02 (You'll get paid this amount weekly, check your contract to see how much you get charged for not working your contracted hours) Meals per week: 423.99 (You'll get paid this amount weekly, check your contract to see how much you get charged for not working your contracted hours) Average taxable hourly rate: 23.33 (This is your hourly rate, so $23.33 x 36 hours minus taxes) Total gross weekly pay for 36 hours: 1,900.06 - - - You'll get paid $500 one time for your travel expenses, probably on your first check. Your weekly check will total your weekly housing + your weekly meals + your weekly taxable hourly - taxes from your weekly hourly $636.02 + $423.99 + ( $23.33 X 36 - taxes) = weekly check. Assuming they take out 25% for taxes, your weekly check will be approximately: $636.02 + $423.99 + $629.91 = $1,689.92 / weekly net (assuming 25% taxes). However, keep in mind your tax obligation changes from state to state and city to city and your tax obligations might be different than others based on other variables; so that weekly might be off just a bit.
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    yes or no?

    Raindrop, Here's an authority on the subject: "How long can I stay? When can I come back? Please note that you will not find this guide anywhere in the IRS code. They are notoriously vague with their terms. As a result, we have striven to develop a few concrete suggestions for travelers. They are based on court cases (by citing records) and audits (personal experience). If you follow the guidelines below, you will be in a more defend-able position if audited. The things you need to look at is 3-fold. 1- Spend AROUND 30 days a year at home. - Not a magic number, it's just a goal. The main point being: 14 days a year is NOT enough! (And do not forget, you still need to be maintaining for some sort of residence there!) 2- Do not stay in any one area more than 12 out of 24 months. - This does not use a calendar year but 2 year look back. Also, 'one area' includes all places within a regional commuting / metro area. (that means surrounding towns also). Switching facilities or companies does not reset the clock! In determining how far is far enough to restart the clock, I usually ask if it is common for people who live in Town A to commute daily to Town B and work? If the answer is 'yes" then those two towns are too close and considered the same tax area. 3- Do not return to any one area a third year in a row. - You then create a pattern, and once you have a pattern, you have a tax home there, because it has become a primary/persistent place of income." Located at: TravelTax Traveler Page
  15. I would suggest you contact the ENA (Emergency Nurses Association) and ask if they have any evidenced based info. I know there have been studies and they should have them, if not them then the ANA (American Nurses Association) should have them. As far as a guideline for charges, that would be nice, but experience is the best guideline. You can have written guidelines, but they will never be able to cover all situations for an ER.
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    How hard is it to get with agencies

    It's not hard, it's super easy, but most hospitals want at least two years experience and I highly suggest at least that much experience too. Just imagine the worst patient you've ever had, now imagine having a full zone of patients like that, without help and without resources. If you think you can handle that, by yourself, then you are ready for travel. Not all assignments will be tough, but sometimes you will get dumped on and treated horribly and you need to be able to handle that. Again, super easy to get with an agency. Just contact a recruiter, send them your documents (on boarding) and get submitted to assignments. You'll interview by phone and usually know within a few days to 1-2 weeks if you got the contract. I recommend Fastaff and Atlas Medstaff, they are known for treating travelers well and for reasonable to exceptional pay. Make sure you ask any and every question you can think of during your interview with the facility (patient ratio:scrub color requirement: if they have pass/cancel testing [tests they have you take when you get to your contract and if you fail they cancel your contract]), make sure you have housing before accepting a contract, if you accept a contract and can't find housing, you could get DNR'ed (Do not rehire) from that organization and/or agency. Lots to know and be careful about. But I URGE you to wait until you have another years experience, for the safety of your license and the safety of the patients. The only exception to this would be is if you have lots of previous experience as a LPN or a paramedic.
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