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    pending Compact legislation in PA

    Compact Licensure is pending in PA. It passed the Senate last week 50-0. We need nurses to write their state representatives in support so the House will vote on it. Are you with me? You can write your state representative by using this form. Only takes a few minutes and your voice could make a difference! https://nursecompact.com/take-action.htm
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    traveler's conference-live scan for california

    NedRN, Thanks for the update and your efforts. BTW, googled your name and found the IC forum. Thank you. Some great information. Classicaldreams
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    Cannot find housing, HELP! (Boston)

    Michlynn, I'm preparing to travel this fall and have bookmarked the following for future reference. Have you checked any of these links? Hotel Engine - HotelEngine.com Find Corporate housing for Traveling Nurses and other medical professionals throughout the United States here InnerCity Residences Short-Term Rentals and Furnished Apartments For Rent - CorporateHousing.com Serviced Apartments, Furnished Housing & Apartment Finder by ExecuStay Travel Nurse Housing - The Gypsy Nurse http://www.furnishedfinder.com/members/map.aspx Classicaldreams
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    traveler's conference-live scan for california

    NedRN, Thank you again for the information. Will google you as suggested! I know it is possible, so planning while learning the travel nursing ropes will hopefully help me land in a better financial place. Yes, going 1099 seems to give me the headaches without the benefits, except for the marketing aspect of it, which perhaps could be more difficult than I imagine. Professional Credentialing Services in Nashville TN processes the endorsement license for MA. I'm a ICU nurse, so thought MA's recent 1:2 ratio mandate would have benefits. Summer on Nantucket would be great and flying to Boston is cheap from the NE corridor. Boston is a great city, but no thanks in the winter. NE cities in the winter are not fun, they just don't know what to do with the snow. Again, thanks for you insights. Classicaldreams
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    traveler's conference-live scan for california

    NedRN, That sounds very interesting! Thought about contacting some of those livescan mobile facilities, but instead decided to just fly to Sacramento and do it all in person. I want to start traveling asap. I'm busy doing my homework and plan to have several state licenses in hand before starting. Just feel like it gives me more control and options in negotiating. Received my NJ license today and it only took two weeks. So now I'm just trying to decide what other states to apply for endorsement. Already applied to WA. A MA license costs $275, so I'm a bit hesitant to shell out that kind of money without a contract in hand. I'm staying away from TX for now. (I don't live in a compact state.) I operated as an IC, LLC years ago, prior to my nursing experience, and it really nags me the way these agencies do business. Honestly, there has to be a better way, I just haven't really figured it out yet. Do you know if the conference addresses travel nursing as an IC? While I'll go with agencies for now, I just know the whole business model will eat at me. Classicaldreams
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    traveler's conference-live scan for california

    Hi NedRN, Yes, I've read about CA verification, so that is why I'm applying now to AZ, MA, and WA, to avoid that whole waiting on CA mess. NJ has three different checklists to complete for license endorsement, all three being different. I had to consolidation them all before submitting. Received a notice from them yesterday that I had left out two items. Called them today and, of course, they have them and was told to ignore the notice. This is New Jersey after all. Thanks for the info about Medscape CEUs. Classicaldreams
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    traveler's conference-live scan for california

    Hello, Sorry for the late reply. I was locked out of my account for a week. Just a quick update. Looks like Needles, CA, is the closest livescan station from Vegas. Here are my notes; Needles Sheriff Colorado River Station Needles CA 92336 909-326-9200 Per telephone conversation, bring $64.00 in cash. Cash only. Recommends making appt., even as late as day before. However, I have decided to fly to Sacramento for 48 hours before attending the conference. Will apply in person. Anyone's experience or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. My husband and I are making this a business/vaca trip. We will be celebrating 30 years together during the trip! (No, we won't be in the air on our anniversary, so no media reports of a travel nurse cited for inappropriate behavior while flying. At 30 years, I'm sure a bystander's view of us on our anniversary would be considered inappropriate or maybe just plain awkard!) I've also applied with the traveling VA Corp, although I don't expect to travel with them anytime this year. From what I have read, the process can take a long time. Just deciding now on what other state licenses I should obtain. I understand that CA license verification is a slow process, so I want to get my other licenses in now. I'm thinking about AZ, WA, and MA. I'm licensed in PA and my license in NJ is pending. FYI, spoke to NJ today, endorsement is taking two to three months. Thank you for the encouragement. See you in Vegas next month! I'm excited to start this new journey! Classicaldreams
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    traveler's conference-live scan for california

    Ned, Thanks for the info. I plan to take everything with me so I can overnight it in Vegas after the LiveScan is completed. Will be sure to send receipt. Looks like the Bartow Sheriff's Dept. does LiveScan. Will confirm here after I call them tomorrow. Only drawback I see is I must still send a check. I'm sure it must clear before processing. Too bad they don't accept credit card numbers. Classicaldreams
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    traveler's conference-live scan for california

    I'm happy to say I've registered for the Vegas Traveler's Conference. Very much looking forward to it! I also thought about renting a car and driving to Barstow California for my live scan while in Vegas. Anyone ever done that? Would be great if there was a mobile service set up at the conference, but perhaps they can't cross state lines. Classicaldreams
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    Any Help Appreciated!!

    Hi vanurse1022, Thank you for the list! How do you know if the job is day or night shift? How has your housing been? No, I don't work for the VA. Just knew someone who did and he had quite the story to tell. I'm in a Philly hospital right now. You keep talking about the pay and benefits, any info on that would be greatly appreciated! Best, Classicaldreams
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    Any Help Appreciated!!

    VAnurse1022, Yes, please e-mail me a list. Thank you! Are you driving to all these destinations? Do you rent a car if you fly? Have a soft spot for our vets, but was hesitant because of the horror stories I've heard about the Philly VA, and of course the other stories about the VA admin in the media. What has your experience been with the work environment? Patient safety is a big concern for me. I would be seeking mainly ICU positions, but have some skills in other units too. I like the idea of travel but not having to learn a new charting system, policies and procedures, every 13 weeks. Seems like a great way to transition into travel nursing. Sincerely, Classicaldreams
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    Any Help Appreciated!!

    Hello NedRN, I just wanted to thank you for the enormous amount of information you have provided here over the years. Thank you! I'm a fairly seasoned RN (10 years) in a city ICU and I am officially read to embark on my travel journeys! Was researching travel nursing in 2007, and then 2008 came along. So I have been watching and waiting since. Just wanted to thank you for all of years of advice you have given to newbies and seasoned travel nurses. I'm excited and nervous, but thanks to travelers like you, I'm feeling more confident about this next new adventure! All the best, Classicaldreams
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    Any Help Appreciated!!

    Hi VAnurse1022, I am ready to start travelling after 10 years in the ICU. Have thought about travelling through the VA for years, so will complete the application today. How long have you been with them and where have you gone? What is housing like? Would appreciate any insights you can give. They don't advertise much and their website is terribly out of date. (red flag?) Sincerely, Classicaldreams
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    I want OUT!!!!

    You are welcome. After a few years, it is interesting to look back over your development as a new nurse. You'll learn to tune out those negative comments that aren't valid and learn from those comments that have merit. I once worked with a brillant surgeon who took incredible risks. Sometimes those risks had amazing, positive, against the odds results. Other times those risks had deadly outcomes and resulted in a lot of pain and suffering. Of course, as a nurse, I don't take on risks like that surgeon, but there are occasions when I make decisions that have some element of risk. My point is, after a few years, you will have the confidence to make choices that are considered risky. Others may criticize you for your decisions, but ultimately it is you who must live with the outcomes. You'll come to master more of the science and time management of the ICU. After that comes the art, and for me, that is where the true challenge lies. Best wishes, Classicaldreams
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    I want OUT!!!!

    Kudos for you! You are not alone. Some of us feel this way too. I still cry, some times out of fear and some times out of empathy. Classicaldreams
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    I want OUT!!!!

    I think there are so many dynamics to hospital nursing, that saying it wouldn't have happened years ago easy to say. Nursing school is academic, yes, and too generalized. I would have much preferred to "specialize" in critical care nursing, rather than spend six weeks moving from subject to subject. But then, that was the trend in education when I was educated. She mentioned that she is a single parent raising a teenager. I assume she is no stranger to challenge. Finding a true zen and toughening up is different in my opinion. Isn't zen the attempt to find true inner peace? I've worked with tough nurses, but work with them long enough and you learn they are vulnerable just like everyone else. Negative comments should be rationalized. Some times they are justified and can help us grow. I think from a parental point of view, this works. But she is an adult and she knows her limitations. What is so wrong with saying as adults, I've met a challenge and I don't have the skills and courage to succeed at it? There are very few people who understand the challenges I am faced with at work. I do come to this board to reach out to others who understand. I am not running a marathon and I'm not in a Nike commercial. When you don't have much to lose, the LETS DO THIS attitude is great. Right or wrong, those orientees with this attitude scare me. Classicaldreams