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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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    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.
  9. I've always traveled alone and I do get lonely. I got VERY lonely while in Bakersfield because there's absolutely nothing to do there. I would spend my days off just laying around at my hotel. I took an assignment in Sonoma and there's lots to do in Northern California but I just wanted to have someone to do things with. I did alot of things alone and when my friend visited, we were able to do a few things together. I'm just starting an assignment in Southern California and I met a traveler in orientation and we've become great friends. We met and then decided to rent a apartment together to save money. If I bond with anyone, it seems to be the other travelers I meet on the unit or during orientation and not the permanent staff. You're there for such a short time so it's never really been a big deal to me as long as there's exciting things to do in the area.
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    CA Nursing Pay.............the way to go!!

    ShuShu, I
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    valley healthcare or flexcare??

    I'm currently on an assignment with Flexcare. I've been working with them for the past year and I LOVE them. I've taken assignments with 2 other agencies before them and I think they're the best agency for me. The bulk of their assignments are in California but they're starting to branch out. There are SO many travel agencies out there so shop around. With every assignment you take, network with the other travelers and ask about their agencies/recruiters. Recruiters are another thing.....your recruiter can make or break your entire experience and/or your view of the agency. I almost left Flexcare last year because my recruiter all of a sudden started to suck but after they changed my recruiter things changed dramatically. Oh, and most travelers think whatever agency they use is the best agency, so just be careful and make sure you get with a company that works for YOU.
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    Kaiser LA, San Jose, San Fran- who's been?

    No, I don't think it's the nursing culture in L.A. I've worked in a few L.A. hospitals and none compare to Kaiser. Kaiser is just SO extreme.
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    Travel Nursing in Chicago and Minneapolis

    I lived in Chicago for 3 years. Right before I moved there, I was looking for a travel assignment but there's not alot out there. I've been told that most hospitals just use agency nurses and the local nurses do contracts through their agency. I was an agency nurse and I did a few local contracts while I lived there. I did meet 2 travel nurses at Mercy Hospital, not sure who they were traveling with though. Travel work is there, just not much.
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    It varies from place to place. For the most part, I've had good experiences. The most traveler friendly place I've been was Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, CA. The people were SO nice and helpful, it was unreal. The least traveler friendly was LAC/USC County hospital in Los Angeles.
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    traveling to Cali for 1st time. Kaiser???

    Please read my response under the thread "Kaiser LA, San Jose, San Fran-who's been?" If you have additional/specific questions let me know. I just left Kaiser a short time ago.
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    location location location

    Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage, CA is really nice. The area is BEAUTIFUL and so is the hospital. The people are nice and it's traveler friendly. $$$$ is good too. :) It's in the desert but it's still a nice place overall. I'm not much of an outdoors type but I hear other travelers talking about hiking. Right now the Coachella Festival is going on so people are camping out in that area. The only negative thing is that it gets VERY hot in the summer. It gets to about 120 degrees I've heard.