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    Can't get a mortgage because I travel???

    My solution to the problem has been to take a staff position to avoid the "instability". I have now been employed full time at a hospital for a little over 6 months and have saved a sizable down payment. My serious house hunt begins again in the spring and I anticipate that any of the previous obstacles will no longer be an issue.
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    Can't get a mortgage because I travel???

    I have continued to research and talk with banks and other travelers since I originally posted. Here is what I have found out since then. First, try getting the mortgage thru a small town bank. Stay away from the big lenders. The smaller places more likely to lend. Second, a large down payment helps alot. I was told to plan on 30%. I am still looking for the right place to settle and will update about the process once I attempt it again. Best of luck and feel a bit better knowing that I am not in the boat alone!
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    Is NovaPro basically the same as Cross Country?

    Yes. They are owned by Cross Country and will have access to the same assignments. No need to deal with both.
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    Moving to the UP

    My husband and I are considering a move to the UP. My husband has family from that area, and we have always loved it when we visited. We are looking in the Marquette, Escanaba, Munising areas. The biggest consideration is, of course, finding a job. I am an experienced ICU nurse who has been working as a traveler for the last 5 years, and I have done a variety of specialties. So, I guess I would consider myself fairly marketable. Are the hospitals hiring? Any recommendations or which to avoid? What can I anticipate for a pay rate?
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    Letter from the Illinois Eye-Bank

    Stories like those, remind me of why I love being a nurse. Thank you for sharing.
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    Can't get a mortgage because I travel???

    I have been traveling for the last 4-5 years, and recently have decided to buy a home and stay in one place. My husband and I have wonderful credit scores, a respectable income with a very low debt to income ratio but I am having trouble getting approval for a home mortgage. The reason given is that "travel nursing is not a steady income." I guess technically that is true, since nothing is garenteed after the end of a contract. It doesn't seem to make a difference that I have NEVER been unemployed during my years of travel, except for the time off to travel from place to place. Has anyone else encountered this and how did you convince the mortgage underwriters to give you a home loan?
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    Best Hospital in Dallas for work

    I have never worked in Dallas, but I have heard very good things about Parkland and Baylor. Both were from people who's opinion I hold in high reguard.
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    Who died and made Joint Commission "God"

    I have been feeling the same way about JC for some time. It seems they have been the "only fish in the big sea" for so long, that they have become rather demanding and sometimes unreasonable. Hopefully as DNV becomes more mainstream and hospitals start using them as an alternative means of accredidation, it will put JC back in check.
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    Traveling RV style...

    We pull our 5th wheel with a Ford F350 truck. It gets the job done, for sure. Problem is that once you are parked, that is definately overkill for doing your daily errands, getting to work, etc. I have met people who also take a motorcycle or moped along to use for this purpose, which is an option. We chose the large diesel truck because our 5th wheel weighs about 14,000 lbs and we often travel cross country, sometimes over mountains etc,and we would not ever encounter a situation where we would not have enough towing capacity. Fuel mileage is HORRIBLE to say the least but is just the cost of doing business, I guess.
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    Traveling RV style...

    I have been traveling for 2 1/2 yrs now and have been a full-time RVer the entire time. My husband and dog are with me as well. I consider it one of the best decisions we ever made, and it is a really fun lifestyle. I feel like I get paid to be on vacation, or at least most of the time. It does make finding an assignment a bit more challenging because you have to consider if there is an RV park/campground within a reasonable commuting distance of the hospital. And like one of the other posters stated, weather is a consideration. Taking the housing stipend has increased my salary alot and I consider it one of the biggest benefits. Because we use our RV exclusively for work, it is entirely tax deductible as well. The 5th wheel vs. class A motorhome debate is one I still have with myself. I can appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of both so you have to decide which is a better discision for you personally. Anyway, happy travels to all of you. It is nice to hear from others who are out there.
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    Pt./Family Comments that Leave You Speechless

    Of course I handled it with the utmost kindness and compassion. I'm not that calloused! However, this is the same lady who was found sitting naked in the waiting room and had to be escorted out of the unit on an almost daily basis, for her erratic behavior. I have a feeling there was a bit more going on then just the grieving process.
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    Pt./Family Comments that Leave You Speechless

    Once I had a patients wife that showed up the next night after her husband had died and requested to see the body. I guess she thought we were going to let him keep the room forever.
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    Renown in Reno, NV

    Has anyone been to Renown in Reno recently? Every agency I talk to has them listing several needs, some for 48hr guarentee. Being the eternal pessimist, and the state of the travel industry...it makes me suspicious. Any insight into the situation?
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    Something sent to me by a recruiter

    Good article. Thanks for sharing.
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    traveling in this economy

    I agree. It would be wise to stay put for now. I know it is disappointing, especially if you have been planning this for awhile. Unfortunately the lack of jobs and the stress of finding a good assignment, is taking alot of the fun out of travel. It would be even harder for someone who is new to travel and just starting out with a new agency. Dont put yourself thru that! The timing will be right eventually. They will always need us, just not as much right now.