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  1. I'm hoping someone can provide a little insight on Utilization Management pay rates. I'm currently interviewing for UM positions and want to make sure I'm getting paid appropriately. I can't find consistent information when searching online. I have 13 years experience as an RN but I don't have UM experience. Is anyone currently working in this area who could give advice on salary? Thank you.
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    Rapid Response assignments

    I've taken 2 Rapid Response contracts. The first contract was 4 weeks in Palm Springs. It wasn't high acuity or a bad place to work, just a typical assignment. The 2nd contract was a 6 week EPIC conversion. We worked 48 hours a week with both contracts. Whenever there's a Rapid Response contract, definitely ask around to find out the good and bad about the hospital.
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    When am I ready for Rapid Response assignments?

    I've taken 2 Rapid Response contracts and it was no different from any other contract, besides the pay. I received the typical length of orientation. (1 or 2 shifts) With your experience, you'll be fine.
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    CA RN license question

    Are you applying for licensure by endorsement? If so, I doubt if they would check into something like that.
  5. I haven't had a permanent job since 2007 or 2008 and I'm finally about to start searching for jobs. Can anyone give me a little input on salary? I don't even know what I should be asking for. The last salary I can remember was about $40/hr and that included night shift differential on a Telemetry Unit in 2008. I have 8 years experience as an RN and I work Tele and M/S. The past 6 years I've been working as a Travel Nurse and Agency Nurse. I'm hoping to find a full-time position on a Tele Unit. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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    Is my experience enough?

    I had less than 2 years experience as an RN when I started traveling. It all comes down to the unit manager, but you shouldn't have a problem.
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    Is there such a creature as a traveling 'SNF' nurse?

    I used to work with FlexCare and I did a SNF contract with them. The SNF was within the hospital. I have also been offered LTC positions with this agency. Like NedRN said, check with American Mobile. American Mobile has ALOT of hospital contracts and if you need to go to a specific location, they most likely can get you there.
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    Henry Mayo in Valencia, CA

    I worked there a few years ago as a Registry Nurse. I never encountered any significant problems. I think the computer system they're using now is Medi-Tech (the updated version) It's a VERY nice location, the people are nice and I felt safe. (I actually used to live 5 minutes down the street from the hospital) It's only about 20 minutes from L.A. so you're able to get out and do things.
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    Palm Springs, CA

    I worked in Palm Springs last year and I had the same problem with housing. Thankfully, my assignment was only 4 weeks so I just stayed at a hotel. As the above posted stated, post your own ad on Craig's List. I posted my own ad (as recommended at the Travel Nurse Conference) and I got BETTER results. I've also met travelers who used http://www.airbnb.com to find temporary housing.
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    Bakersfield Memorial

    I was just about to post this same question, but decided to do a search first to see if there was already info on here. I'm just about to tell my recruiter to send my profile over. I've had assignments in Bakersfield twice. I just left Kern Medical Center in June, and I worked at Mercy (Truxtun and Southwest) 2 years ago. L.A. is 1 1/2 hours away and Vegas is about 4 1/2. The area has a small town type of feeling and the people were nice. I felt safe in the area over all. The second time I went, I was able to rent a furnished room for $425/month so I was able to save alot of my stipend money. As someone else posted, there are ALOT of travelers there. It seems like most locations that aren't close to the big cities have lots of travelers.
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    Moving to Las Vegas From California (license endorsement)

    I also live in California and applied for licensure by endorsement. I'm an RN, but I'm sure the process is the same. Nevada doesn't mail out an actual license, you have to check online. I think I saw my temporary license online less than a month from the time I mailed my application. After they do the background check, then they will be able to give the permanent license.
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    flexcare medical staffing...

    DingoRN, FlexCare does not set up housing, but you still get your tax free housing stipend. The fact that they don't set up housing is a deal breaker for alot of people. They also pay travel pay. (I've been paid for mine) I've worked with 4 companies and I find the pay at FlexCare competitive, BUT pay also depends alot on location.
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    flexcare medical staffing...

    I've worked for FlexCare Medical Staffing for 2 years and I absolutely LOVE them. I've worked with 3 other travel companies and FlexCare is the best so far. I use FlexCare as my primary agency but if they don't have an assignment in my desired location, I use one of the other agencies. FlexCare seems to have majority of their work in Northern California. I've had a few Southern California (my preferred location) assignments with them. The pay is competitive and always on time. I like that I have one point of contact if I have any questions. (I recently did an assignment with Century Health Services and I had SO many different people calling me about various things. My recruiter is extremely nice. I was actually able to meet her at the Travel Nurse Conference in Las Vegas last year. FlexCare is one agency that won't call you time after time with harassing phone calls. (I have an agency that I haven't worked with since 2009 and they STILL call me repeatedly) I also like getting my pay stubs and W-2 online instead of waiting for them to come in the mail as most other agencies do.
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    Travel nurse jobs in downtown Chicago

    I was trying to get a travel nursing job in Chicago before I moved there a few years ago. The only thing I could get was a Per-Diem/Registry type travel position through Aya Healthcare, which I would NOT recommend. The first week of my contract, I only worked 16 hours so I ended up having to cancel the contract because it didn't seem like I would be getting my hours...ever. I got cancelled just about every night. Chicago doesn't use a lot of travel nurses because they use their local agencies to fill contracts.
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    Getting an Illinois License by Endorsement

    The board of nursing for the state you're moving too typically verifies your license with your original state of licensure, they may check the other states but the original is most important. I'm originally licensed in CA and it took only 5 weeks for me to receive my permanent IL license, temporary should be shorter.
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    Travel to Hawaii..

    I have 2 travel friends who worked in Hawaii. They worked with Core Medical and Healthsource Global. I've heard Hawaii assignments don't pay well, which is probably because demand is high. I was thinking of just going for the experience.