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  1. curlygirl8

    Tax time, any pointers?

    Hi, I too used Travel Tax & had the same very positive experience. I recommend it a lot!!!
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    Tax time, any pointers?

    Hi! This is my first income tax season as a traveler & I'd love any advice you have about filing. I found a website someone posted here, "travel tax" company and it seems helpful & reputable. I'm nervous about sending my info to a company, but I'm also nervous about filing by myself and totally screwing up. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  3. curlygirl8

    What do you pack?

    Honestly, you pretty much covered it. Well done! There may be a few odds & ends, depending on how furnished the studio is, like hangers or garbage bags, etc. You won't know that till you get there & it's easy enough to grab those at a local market. Have fun with your new assignment & your kitty!
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    how to "know" where you're going

    I agree with the other comments :) That said, if there's a specific hospital you're definitely interested in you could ask your recruiter to scope it out for you. OR, you could contact HR at that hospital and ask if they hire travelers and through which agency. Kind of reverse order, but it might get you where you want to be. Also, make sure you have record of your vaccinations and/or titers. All the best!
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    New traveler--many questions! Shipping car to LA?

    I shipped my car from Pennsylvania to California. It was pricey, but when I take into account what I'd pay for gas, hotels, and food on the road... plus wear & tear on the car, the stress of driving (I don't enjoy very long road trips nor does my cat), it was totally worth it for me. I had a great experience with Angels Moving Autos company and recommend them highly if you choose to have your car shipped. All the best!
  6. Hi all, Just discovered a website/ blog that I'll be using for sure as a first time traveler who also loves food and cooking! It's: stonesoup Deal is, each recipe has 5 ingredients and takes 10 minutes to prepare. I love cooking, and I'm missing my home kitchen & pantry. This website is ideal for us foodies with make-shift kitchens that get stored in our vehicles every three months. Making supper right now, cheers!
  7. curlygirl8

    Anyone ship their car cross country to a travel location?

    Update: I do NOT recommend Cascade. You'll see many positive reviews the car transport review webpage, but honestly I had the WORST experience with them and ultimately needed to switch companies. If you have further questions on the matter let me know. I'd rather not rant and rave randomly on here. But if you do need advice, I'd love to help. Thanks!
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    med-surg tele & step down unit... how are they different?

    Thanks! That's what I'm starting to think too. Scary thing is, I used to be assigned 5-6 of these patients on day shift. Granted, some weren't so acute, in with CHF management of something. But still, I'm starting to see how crazy unsafe that was. One last thing (and it might sound silly or obvious, forgive me)... is step-down strictly cardiac by definition?
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    med-surg tele & step down unit... how are they different?

    Thanks! As a step down unit ,what other types of patients, procedures, care do you handle that a regular med-surg unit typically wouldn't? For example, I've never done anything with a arterial line (besides removing femoral sheaths post cath). Would you in step down? Thank you again! You're helping me figure out where I belong :-)
  10. Hey nurse friends, My nursing experience for seven years has been on what my hospital called a med-surg/ tele unit. The hospital has only med-surg units and ICUs; no step down or progressive care unit. On the med-surg/tele unit we took care of patients on IV gtts like Cardizem, Amiodarone, Nitro, Integrillin, Heparin, Lidocaine, low dose Dopamine. We had patients immediately pre & post caths with interventions and femoral sheaths, PPM & ICD implantation, pre & post CV and EPS, in with chest pain, MIs, post-op day one CABG and valve surgeries... among others. I just took my first travel assignment & I picked a med-surg/tele unit, thinking it'd be a good fit. But at this hospital, all those patients pretty much go to the ICU. The nurse manager said when they renovate they're going to build a step down unit.... Would someone explain to me the differences? For my next assignment I may consider a step down unit, if I have the right experience. What type of care is provided there compared to that of med-surg? I'm not sure now where I best fit. :redbeathe
  11. Just finished orientation for my first travel assignment. I'll be on a unit somewhat similar to what I'm used to, but it appears there will also be things I'm not familiar with and I'm a little freaked out. I want to take good care of my patients and protect my license. Of course, I know to always ask questions if I'm not sure of something and that if I'm still uncomfortable to talk to the charge nurse about changing my assignment. That said, what resources do you travelers find helpful in your personal practice? Do you have a favorite, reliable website for clinical nurse info? Do you own a clinical standards of practice text? I want to really understand my patients' health issues, not just get by. So if I want to learn more about that, what good nursing resources are there? Thanks!
  12. curlygirl8

    Anyone ship their car cross country to a travel location?

    My update :-) Car: I flew from PA to Cali last week & my car has yet to be picked up to make to trip. Errr. Apparently the company is having trouble locating a carrier/driver heading to Sacramento. Larger cities are easier to arrange than smaller ones, I'm told. I'll be renting a vehicle for another week $$$! Naturally, I'm not happy. I'd recommend giving the company you choose many weeks notice, esp if the drop off location isn't, well, LA. I'll continue to keep you posted. Kitty: Not sure who was more anxious about my cat's being on the plane- me or him! It was a very long day for both of us, but with the help of a mild nausea med/ sedation from the vet we managed. He got a small meal four hours before the flight & then npo. I took him out of the carrier in the airport & plane's restrooms to do range of motion exercises :-) I also brought along a zippy of clean litter & foldable clothing gift boxes in my carry-on to use as a temporary litter pan when we made it to our hotel. Airline staff & flight crew didn't bat an eye. Do call the airline personally when you make your reservations. Most have a limited number of pets allowed per flight. Hope this helps!
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    Anyone ship their car cross country to a travel location?

    Cool coincidence! This will be my first time traveling with my cat. I'm super anxious about that part... about how kitty will hold up. Will most definitely pass along any pointers in that department too! Flying out the end of this week. Thanks for the well wishes!
  14. curlygirl8

    Anyone ship their car cross country to a travel location?

    Most companies ask that the car is free of your belongings, probably due to liability & maybe also weight. I was going to try to slip in a pillow & set of sheets... something light & not valuable. Hopefully I'll know more in a few days!
  15. curlygirl8

    Anyone ship their car cross country to a travel location?

    Mine will come to just under a thousand. Prices seem to vary depending on location. Feels like a lot, when I consider the wear & tear I'm avoiding on driving the car out, plus the stress of driving on me, cost of gas & hotel overnights I'm not shelling out, it seems somewhat worth it. Plus, I'm moving west with my kitty who hates, hates the car, so it was a no-brainer for me. Happy travels to you, however you choose to do it!!!!
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