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RNERHOUSESUPOR specializes in Paramedic,ER, House Supervisor, OR, CVOR.

1989 Nursing Grad

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    IRS Audit

    I am going to try this again. I am not asking for free Legal advise. Just information about anyone else who may be going through or have gone through an IRS Audit. I won't go into the story, but have spoke with the person most often suggested on this forum. He is unable to help and has suggested a "Tax Attorney". I don't feel comfortable contacting the people who advertise on TV. My thought if they are making enough to advertise on TV they are making too much. I have contacted a few people I know in the Legal profession but they have limited experience with "Tax Lawyers". I think we all want that. If you know someone, who may be able to assist, please feel free to message me or send me an email. Thanks, Rod

    Hawaii travel nurse, emergency,queens or straub

    If you can and like to do Peds. Kapiolani was great. Rod

    Best credit card for travelers- most rewards

    Can't stand to see a post that doesn't have at least one comment. Credit cards are very private and personal. What may work for you, may not work for others. My philosophy is, put on your Credit Card only what you can pay off at the end of the month. If you need a loan, then visit your local banker and see if you really can pay it back. Remember, nothing is free. Someone ( and probably you in one way or another) is paying for everything that is labeled as free. I would like that every Travel nurse would visit and frequent a local business person for all their needs during a travel assignment, but doing that is quite difficult. I am trying to avoid large corporations, they are only concerned about the bottom line. A smaller company will be more receptive to my concerns and most likely will serve my needs in a way that I try to serve the needs of my patients. Rod

    travel nurse partner

    If you are afraid to travel alone, maybe Travel isn't for you. Trying to get two people a job at the same place may be very difficult. What if one of you gets the better shift. How will that affect your relationship? It can be lonely, being a travel nurse. But it's not up to others to include you, it's up to you to include yourself. There may be some gender bias on my part, and if so. I am sorry. It's how I think. Rod

    Jumping back into travel

    Can't tell you about travel in the ED any more, but can tell you that Travel Nursing has probably changed in the past 5 years. I am currently an atypical travel nurse (at least in my mind) I have been to the same position and location for the past 7 years for the winter only in South Florida. Have worked at the same hospital in Iowa for the past two summers. What I can say is distance doesn't always make things better with a relationship and how it affects your work. Unless you are working in the same job position or have to work together in so way or another, "being out of town" may not affect the issues you are having with the ex. I wish you good luck and check my other posts on some of the travel companies you have listed. Rod

    Highland hospital-Oakland CA

    Oh the memories. Highland Hospital was my first assignment and my First Nursing job in 1989. It was shortly after the earthquake and at the beginning of the Aid's epidemic and Crack Cocaine. I worked in the ER for 13 weeks and lived through it. I think on the night shift there were 16 nurses, 12 travelers and 4 staff. Worked there again in 1991 some of the same staff and Doc's. It was (and probably still is) a teaching hospital. Some of the Resident Dr's were Attendings when I returned with a new batch of Residents. You will learn a lot, if you decide to go. As far as Management goes, work nights you will never see them. Rod

    Scrub Nurse vs Scrub Techs

    Just do your best, don't get into a you vs them situation. You are only responsible for what you do, not what they tell you to do. Don't expect them to set up the case for you though. I'm an RN who learned to scrub before I learned to Circulate. I work with several RN's who were Surgical Techs before going to Nursing School. We all get along. Remember it takes two to argue. It's no fun arguing with yourself. Take an active roll in creating a learning environment. Even when you aren't scrubbing, pay attention to what happens on the field. A circulator who has experience scrubbing can anticipate some of the needs and are a real life saver at times. Rod

    Anyone Heard of Medefis?

    Forgot about this post not sure if I even read the responses. My apologies. Thank you to Tango and NedRN for their explanations. At times I think about the Independent contractor but keep going back to the same hospitals and can't afford to buy my contract or spend a year away. Rod

    Help with instruments

    If you read the name in the book it may be what it is called in the OR and it may not. I started in the OR several years ago after doing ER nursing for many years and was overwhelmed at the names and number of instruments at first. I have finally realized that there were just a few I really needed to know, depending on your speciality. Knowing where your knife is at all times, the type of handle for the various blade numbers, most of the scissors names and the differences between a mosquito, hemostat, kelly and tonsil cause the doc is always going to say "clamp". You have to decide which one depending on the case. Good luck, enjoy and don't be afraid to ask questions. Rod PS. If you get an instrument named after you in the or it's usually not a good thing. Took me a long time to find out why the Surgeon always asked for "Margarets Thing" when he really wanted a epicardial fat retractor. RL

    How hard is it to maintain consecutive jobs as a traveler?

    I would be cautious about accepting a position as staff without fully reading your employment contract, employee handbook and such with your travel agency. Most have a "non Compete" clause forbidding you from being employed at a facility without their placement. It's hit me twice. Had to skip a year at one hospital before returning with another company. Only place it worked was in Hawaii. Union maybe??

    Colorado Travel Nursing

    I worked in Denver for a HCA hospital with the companies travel division, used to be All About Staffing and now is Parallon Staffing. There is also this thing called Medifis it seems. They are a "clearing house" for travel assignments. Hospitals put their needs out to Medifis, (for a price) and Travel companies get notified about said needs (also for a price). Nurses out there wanting to work get stuck paying both of the prices in decreased wages and abilities to secure an assignment. Large companies seem to think they need more middle management to do the work they really should be doing (for there salary) and are preventing the end user of really making a living. Instead of speaking with my recruiter about a position I would like to have I have to speak to a recruiter, a compentency evaluator, a continuing education quality assurance specialist and multiple other people who I have no idea what they do or why they do it just to return to a job I have done for the past 6 winters, have been given excellent performance evaluations and am requested to return. But they can't just let me pick up where I left off, I have to go back through "orientation" wait for my computer access to be allowed, medication access and facility access to be processed. In additon, had to take two hours worth of online testing to make sure I could do the job before being submitted to a job I already had an agreement from the manager of a start date. Maybe that was a rant. Sorry. Call the hospitals in the area you are wanting to work. Ask to speak with the manager of the speciality you want to work in and ask them if they use travel nurses, what company and if they currently have a position open. You may be given an immediate interview or the cold shoulder. Cold shoulder you probably don't want to work for that person and you can cross them off the list and keep looking. I have been a travel nurse since 1989 and will travel as long as I can find work. Rod

    Can you truly save as a travel nurse?

    The old adage "The more you make the more you spend" seems to be what happens to most. Everyone lives differently. If you can save a quarter of what you make now, you will probably be able to save when you are on a travel assignment. If you live paycheck to paycheck now, you will most likely continue. It's human nature, history, education, consequences and circumstances. I have been a travel nurse most of my career. Love it. If I knew when I started what I know now I would have made different decisions. Didn't, couldn't and nor can anyone. Read (other peoples experiences), evaluate(how you may react) and plan to do what you really feel you can accomplish. If it will cause you stress, constant worry or you never feel like it's right, then it's time to reevaluate. Considering the cost of living, the price to travel from one place to another, the multiple licenses, the lack of benefits(maybe) and the sometimes stress of finding an assignment. There is a rather high overhead associated with travel nursing that you won't have if you maintain a full time position with one or two different employers. You get some of that money back in "travel reimbursements" (Same now as it was in 1989 though) and possibly housing stipends (or "free" housing), you just have to remember what someone may say is free, really isn't you are just paying for it in a different way. (Hospital pays company, company pays themselves , their staff, their rent, their expenses, your rent, your expenses and then you get the rest as your hourly wage.) And I think they call that the "Tax Advantage Plan" a way for them to pay the least amount in taxes and you to pay the most. So in answer to your question 'Can you save money as a travel nurse'? My answer is Only if you can save money with your current job, if not then probably not. Rod

    RV advice

    I agree with all NedRN wrote. If you have a permement place in addition to your RV, you "MAY" have a tax home, but most likely not it seems. Most of my initial beliefs were from speaking with Travel Company recruiters. It may have been OK back in the 1900's but not in the 2000's. Contact with a Tax Professional who works with Travel Professionals is a must. As far as finding your perfect RV, it's going to take a while. You will be drawn to the new models on the lot, they look very pretty all set up and "staged" and for the first 6 months to a year they will still look pretty good. I used my Brothers newer trailer for several months and "thought" I knew what I needed and didn't need. Spent another year looking at everything I could. Finally found a used Weekend Warrior 45 foot Toyhauler. It seemed to have everything I needed and has served me well. I am contemplating a replacement in the near future though. My tow vehicle is one I will keep for a very long time though, and it is also considered an RV. I use it for short weekend trips and overnight stays. It may not be for everyone, but most who have gone to the "dark side" will not go back to any other tow vehicle. A few that I have known have gone to a large Class A diesel pusher. So, depending on how long you plan to travel, where you think you will be working and how far you feel you might need to travel between jobs, will all need to be evaluated.Will you need additional transportation, or will you be wanting to use your " tow vehicle" for everything? You won't be making additional money having an RV, until it's paid for and is still providing you with a safe, dry and mobile home. It is nice going home every night to the same place, no matter what state it may be in. Good luck with your search. Rod

    West Palm Gardens Medical Center

    I believe you are thinking about Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. It is part of the Tenet Health Corp. Similar to HCA. You could probably work at two HCA facilities if you wanted.

    Passed the CNOR exam

    Congrats. Did you take for yourself or at the encouragement of your employer? My problem with it is the enormous amount of CEU required to keep it up and then you have to take the test again. I don't mine continuing ed but after so many years it all seems the same thing over and over. Rod

    RV's anyone???

    If you don't know about RV living, take a short vacation using one of the rentals. If you can survive a week or two in one of those you would most likely be OK in a "full time" style. So far I have found RV parks where and when I have wanted them. In South Florida I started out using the County Park, but they have a 180 day limit. Got lucky last year and found an excellent space where I can stay as long as I want and everything fit's on my spot. Don't have to park the truck or car off site and it's still close enough to work that I can bicycle. Only issue was Wifi but I was able to get ATT to bring me a dsl line last year. Some of the bath areas could be better but mine is if fine. I'm sort of spoiled with having a lot of waste water storage so I only have to empty maybe once a month. There was a break in last winter at the park I stay. It was an empty Class A that had been sitting empty for a couple weeks while the owners were on a cruise. Don't think anything was taken but their door window was broken for awhile. I am by no means an expert in RV life but am doing OK. Heading out to my first Escapees "Escapade" tomorrow morning for a short educational experience. Rod