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  1. I have worked two travel contracts in Nevada, one in Reno and one in Las Vegas. Let me tell you.........it is like working in Mississippi during the 1970's. Without nurse-patient ratio laws and the increase in patients at the hospitals, the staff is at the mercy of the corporate money-makers and suit-sayers. No designated triage nurse around the clock, the charge nurses taking a full patient load, some ratios are 7-1 and over. That's on the floors.........the icu's and er's are just as bad or worse. Some icu's are 3-1 and one er in Reno only has two RN's from 12am to 7am (and it is a huge er). So they only keep 10 beds open for the two nurses. (oh yeah, they have to triage everyone also because there isn't a triage nurse!) This is horrific staffing. I have finally realized that it is not worth it to renew my NV license. Other travelers have told me the same at the facilites they have worked at. Believe it or not, some of the staff nurses working at these facilities have actually been thought-led to believe that this is safe for patients and best for the hospital. It is just amazing to listen to them defend these staffing levels. Just unbelievable. So, I will visit Nevada for vacation and fun.............but not to ever work again as a RN. later on
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    CA Nursing Pay.............the way to go!!

    I like the Sacramento or Modesto areas. How long have you been a nurse? I think it is the way to go! I am in S. Louisiana.....u?
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    Any white middle aged travel nurses out there?

    Right on Zeke!!!!
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    Oldnurse......the only negative things I state in a post.......are against the low salaries/contracts that travel nurses are offered by the agencies today. I am very "pro-nurse"....and always be! A recruiter in San Diego told me years ago........... "P. T. Barnum could have made millions if he owned a nurse travel agency." I laughed and told him that I took offense to that. He said, "call me in about 5 more years and tell me that." We then played a round of golf, which he won. As I look back on that day, and see how things are today in travel nursing........I realize what he meant and just how "spot on" he was. Reading some of these posts, confirm it even more. Travel nurses have taken pay and benefit cuts over the past 6 years or so. Anyone on this site who states otherwise is just not being honest! (or they haven't been a traveler long enough to know that) And I will never mis-lead a nurse new to traveling.....by stating now great the pay is, or how good a contract is, by certain agencies. It is not going to happen. It is not my meaning to offend anyone. I am just stating the facts as it relates to my knowledge of travel nursing. Anyway, football season is about to start............and will be better!!
  5. That high cost of living stuff is for the Bay Area. It is true that land cost more............but I will have an apartment. I have allread checked......a nice apt in Baton Rouge cost more than in Sacramento! Every since Katrina in 2005....we have been getting raped in our area for sure. Some of the same items at at the grocery store in CA are cheaper than in Baton Rouge. I have been traveling to CA for 11 years....I am telling you! And gas cost more in CA.....that is true. But I am not worried about the cost of living outweighing my income potential. That's for sure! I am talking about a single person, I dont know what a married couple with kids would have to endure...lol. But, for me.....I am not worried about "the cost of living" in CA. I mean, if it was good for me on rinky dink traveler pay, it will be "bank" getting staff pay and differentials!!
  6. I have been a nurse for 21 years and a traveler for 12. I used to work full-time in the Baton Rouge area as a staff nurse in the ED. During my years of traveling and speaking with nurses in CA, NV, MN and many more...........they just could not believe the salary we were paid in Louisiana and the way we were treated by hospital administration. Just about all travelers are from the South for these reasons. Over the past 5 years, I have kept up with salaries in various states. I can honestly say that California is the best state to work as a RN, with Nevada a close second. CA is first because of their high salaries and their nurse-patient ratio laws. NV does not have nurse-patient ratio laws, but they don't have a state income tax either....so your take home pay is larger. I have decided to take a full time staff position in northern CA after the first of the year. A friend of mine from Arkansas did it five years ago.........and the profits were unbelievable. He has since moved back to Ark. enjoying life with his huge bankroll...lol. My plan is for only two years......and should reap the same benefits.... as I am single, (he is married). Just last night, I got a call from a nurse who works in the ER at a Kaiser Hospital in CA. She has 16 years experience. They just signed their new contract and she now earns $74/hr base salary. Sounds hard to believe doesn't it. Even at the Sutter Hospitals, my nurse friends all earn in the 60's. I have finally realized it is time to make the move. This travel lifestyle of taking pay and benefit cuts have made me sick. Fighting with recruiters at travel agencies to get $30/hr has gotten old.........and frankly I am just sick of it. The staff pay in CA is the way to go. It would be better if I could find a travel friend to share apartment expenses and do the same. But, either way, I am gone! wish me luck ShuShu
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    Our Lady of the Lake Hospital

    I was a patient at OLOL for an eye procedure in the OR. Once all the nurses found out that I was a travel nurse............they all wanted info on companies. Man, they dont get lunch breaks, earn low salaries (low 20's), and the way the administration treats the nurses is depolorable! Their nurse turnover rate is crazy! That's what they told me anyway........before I was sedated...lol.
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    anyone with good/bad experiences with PPR

    Old RN......are u a recruiter at Aur? u gotta be!! lol
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    anyone with good/bad experiences with PPR

    Old RN......are u a recruiter at Aur? lol
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    The last two posters........must be recruiters at Aur. lol
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    Advice about switching specialties to ER

    Go for it! Take the new job. Believe me hospitals are cold toward nurses, so u better worry about yourself. The hospital will have a new grad working in your spot next week! So, take the new job..............that way you wont have to wonder ....what if?