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  1. NedRN

    How much weekly pay should I aim for?

    You might be right. Good luck!
  2. Agency = independent contractor. Covered in the FAQs. Agencies don't need to be JC certified, but it possible some hospitals require it. I always keep a set of the requirements and state I'm compliant. That would include having a policy manual (I do) but if you are not certified, you cannot be audited. I constantly am asked the certification question when signing up with a vendor manager, but none have required it.
  3. Just to suggest that queries along these lines, starting a business, might be better off in the Entrepreneurs forum: https://allnurses.com/entrepreneurs-innovators-hub-c220/ I have responded many times there on business issues including a number of threads on starting an agency. I think of this forum topic as primarily about helping travelers with agencies and other travel issues.
  4. Search for my screen name on Google plus "FAQ".
  5. Hello NedRN: I have seen your posts about travel nursing and your experience. Could you give me some feedback?

    I have been a nurse for almost 5 years. My first job was at a med-surg/tele/ortho/burn/trauma/neuro floor, sorry, I know is very long but that is what I used to do there. I have always being excited about travel nursing, and I even took a job 2 years ago but when I went to my director she gave me a really good offer and I decided to stay. After this I have being regretting not taking that assignment. The problem now is that I have a baby, bought a house and transfer to another hospital. I feel stuck even though I just started my MSN but I really have not clue what I want to do once I'm done with my MSN. I have also being thinking about doing ED for a while, I feel bored on the floor and I know it will open my opportunities as a travel nurse. Any advice on what should I do first? Is travel nursing possible with a baby and a husband? Should I just sell my house and start travel nursing?

    Thank you in advance,


    1. NedRN


      Yow, you just joined and this is a new feature for me. No idea of where I am. Doesn't seem to be the public forum, nor is it a private message.

      If this is public, perfect! Others can comment. If it is private, I'd suggest posting your query publicly.

      Frankly, I don't know what to say. Sure, you can travel with your family. Sell your house? I'd not recommend it until you know travel nursing is for you or not. For tax purposes of a traveler, it is far better to have a home. Consider a roommate to defray costs - don't rent the whole thing out. That will preserve your "tax advantage" as a traveler.

    2. isa0789


      Thank you so much for your response. I don't know if is public or not, sorry. I found your responses to others on your profile and since you have the experience I asked. Thank you and have a great day.


    3. rnsss2017


      HelloNedRN. I have read your forums and I have a few questions if you don’t mind. I am wanting to start my own staffing agency but locally. Can I start it and work for my company and then expand and hire new people as I save up enough money to make sure I can pay all the employees?

  6. NedRN

    Leaving NYC to become a Travel Nurse

    I would try a free consult with TravelTax to check allowable rental use. The general rule is you must have a room that is exclusively yours you can return to at any time. Possible that AirBnB still meets that requirement. There is also a one time rental rule of which I don't know the details. I believe it helps those who exchange houses for some limited amount of time.
  7. NedRN

    Leaving NYC to become a Travel Nurse

    One other financial thought for you: a good bit of the "great" compensation of travel nurses is the tax free portion for housing and meals. To qualify, you must be traveling for business away from an established tax home and residence. For you, that is NYC. Absent that, all your travel compensation is taxable (you would be an itinerant worker, where anywhere you are is home for tax purposes). Yet to get the favorable tax status, you have to maintain a residence in NYC, which is to say the least, far higher cost than most traveler's home residence costs. Your recruiter may well tell you that you can "just use a relative's address", and indeed you can. But this is illegal and if you get audited, you will be responsible for back taxes, interest, and penalties. If you are just going to be doing this for a year, the risk may be worthwhile. More than that, definitely not! So yes, travel is not going to be appealing on a financial perspective to anyone residing in high pay and high housing cost areas of the NE, or the West Coast (including Hawaii and Alaska). In over twenty years of travel, I've never met another traveler from those areas.
  8. NedRN

    Leaving NYC to become a Travel Nurse

    Those advertised numbers are total compensation. You will have to pay for housing and insurance. Higher paying assignments are usually where housing costs are the highest. Pretty hard to pencil out an advantage, but you have better reasons to travel than money in your post. Just do it! Ideally, don't worry about the money (other than shopping agencies) but pick ideal locations or clinical compatibility so you can enjoy travel. You are right keeping your options open with per diem, and explore what maintaining your staff health insurance will cost you.
  9. Yup basics still the same. Industry has changed in that vendor managers are much more dominant now. Those are much harder to staff for a new agency without prior industry experience. No change for new agencies staffing hospitals with no VM.
  10. You could read my blog. Google my screen name and faq.
  11. Travel nursing agency? No laws specific to California - I've done a lot of work there. A couple of states require registration with the state BON. Rhode Island requires a physical presence in the state - I assume local law firms handle most of that using their address as the agency state presence. Any facility is going to require you have insurance up to their standards, both professional liability and general, and workman's comp. Some will ask you for a copy of your W-9 just in case. There are some technical details that you may have to meet if you get too large, but I've always flown below the radar successfully.
  12. NedRN

    Using RV for travel nursing housing

    Such information is far more readily available on large RV specific forums such as Escapees, RVnet, and iRV2. Look for subforums titled Working on the Road or Full Timers for the most pertinent posts for travel nurses.
  13. To contract at a facility, you need a contract with them, right? Lots of boilerplate, some can run to thirty or more pages (mine is just two but haven't need it for some years). They can be hospital written, vendor manager written, or agency written. Then to place someone there, you need to agree to those details - name of supplied professional, term, dates, shift, unit et cetera. I have a blog on how to start an agency and actually get yourself placed. A bit dated in these days of vendor manager dominance, but still provides a valid road map. Search Google for my screen name and "FAQ".
  14. I've been independently contracting since 2004 and there is no way I'd even consider this without a pre-existing contract with the hospital. You have to have your own agency with full agency insurance. It can take time to get the main contract and many hospitals have a vendor manager to handles agencies, which means you would need a pre-exsisting contract with them. Strike agencies do have a direct contract bypassing any vendor manager, but those are set up well in advance (months to years). Such contracts are not a simple hourly bill rate either, but cost plus. That said, you can certainly make a pitch to a manager. I might be wrong and you might be able to do something. I'd suspect they are not going to enter into a separate contract with an existing system employee though. Easiest route is signing up with the strike company, or going as an employee with some sort of bonus. From a practical standpoint, you are risking your relationship with your peers. It is bad enough undermining a union that is trying to help working conditions, but when you are actually a member of the union crossing a picket line to undermine a union negotiation... Unless you are angling for a management job.
  15. PACU, ICU. But the cases would likely have to be low acuity (even though you may have done ICU holds) and they cannot find someone with more experience. Also, agencies can be quite non-clinical and by the book and not submit you for such assignments. Smaller ones that have a good relationship with client hospitals can always ask if something is possible.
  16. NedRN

    Travel nurse benefits

    You've already asked both these questions in dedicated threads with extensive replies. Why not post additional questions to those threads? But as a quick reiteration of basic economics, you get what you pay for. Should you find a rare agency with excellent health insurance or retirement match (for which you will now have to stick with that one agency), your other compensation will be lower than other agency's average pay. No free lunch.