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    Last Minute Requirement Changes

    It was not a requirement at the time of contract. The agency just recently told me that the hospital is changing requirements for ALL hospital staff to become PALS certified, and that would include me. So, since I have a week to get this done, I decided to just find a class and study up. I was eventually wanting to get this certification...Up until yesterday, I didn't know I'd have to get it done in a week is all!
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    Last Minute Requirement Changes

    First time traveler and almost two weeks after I signed a NICU contract, I am now told that the hospital/agency is requiring me to be PALS certified. They want me to get that done in a week, although I start in two weeks. This was not what was required at the time of agreement, and I am not ready to try to find a PALS class and become certified. Has this happened to anyone before? I think it's very unfair for them to change the requirements after I have already signed the contract and found a place to rent, etc. Thoughts? What can I say? Do I just try to get it done? I'm not exactly sure what the consequences are if I don't, but I'm guessing I would be replaceable.
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    Contracts and Cancellations

    Well, that makes me not want to say anything to staff! Sorry that happened to you, but thanks for letting me know. I will really have to watch what I say around others
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    Contracts and Cancellations

    I have good people skills and competency. I don't think I would be terminated for anything performance based..but who knows? And my finances are OK, so I should be fine. I'm just planning for the worst. It's just that planning my housing and paying deposits and rent and driving there seem so time/financially consuming just to get cancelled for some reason.. that's why I wanted to know if there was a way to avoid this or get some reimbursement. But, it is true that for the most part, it is just time consuming to do all that work for nothing!
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    Contracts and Cancellations

    Is there a way to add a clause in the contract to protect yourself in the case of having to cancel for unsafe staffing, family medical emergencies, etc. without penalty? Or, if the hospital cancels and you already paid for your own housing, drove to the city, etc...to get reimbursed for your money? Or, is this just a part of travel nursing? Let me know if you have put any clause like this in your contract, please! I'm just nervous about getting or having to cancel a contract.
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    Considering Travel

    I'm currently looking for my first assignment and do not have kids, so I'm not the best person to ask, but I think that would be a great opportunity! From what I've read on these forums, travel nurses with kids that homeschool really enjoy it and like being able to show their kids new things/cities. Plus, your husband is a stay at home dad, so that makes it 100% easier! As long as your kids and husband are on board, you have enough financial cushion for your family, and you like your specialty, I'd say go for it! Plus, pay is decent (from what I hear)
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    Completion Bonuses

    Wow! Great info! From what little information that I have read, many are against it because they say that the hospital can just fire you a week before your contract ends so that you won't be able to get that bonus. Great tip on adding the bonus into the hourly pay, but I'm not sure if my recruiter would do that for me as this would be my first assignment. I'm leaning towards a higher paying location, rather than the lower paying location with the added completion bonus. I think it's just too big of a risk for me, and I certainly do not want a hospital terminating me just so they don't have to pay me my bonus. Plus, if a hospital offers a completion bonus to attract travelers, I'm not sure if it would be a good idea to work that particular hospital?? That part kind of scares me too..
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    Completion Bonuses

    Yay or nay? What strings are usually attached and should these assignments be totally avoided? And I'm talking about a big bonus >$5K. Also, how do bonuses factor into pay packages? Let me know your experiences! Thanks!
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    NICU Assignments

    Thanks for the info!
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    NICU Assignments

    Hello! Can anyone give some information as to what kind of patients you get assigned to when you travel to a level 3 NICU? Mostly feeder growers, critical, level 2?? Any additional information would be appreciated. Thank you!
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    12 hour shifts- what give?

    I hate the 8 hour shifts as well...but 12 hour shifts seem pretty impossible here in the cities. You would have to coordinate with other RNs and work out a 12 hour work schedule with them...if they and your manager/HR are willing.
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    NWA RN Pay?

    In case people are still wondering. I just got a job in NWA area and with 2 years of RN experience, I am starting out at $23.78/hr.
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    Med-surg or specialize first?

    I have thought about this as well, and you do make a good point that it would be better to specialize now before becoming a travel nurse..in case it raises red flags. Thanks for the advice and I plan on specializing now for a couple years and see how it goes from there.
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    Med-surg or specialize first?

    Are you saying it will be harder to travel and then stop and specialize after having been a travel nurse? Or, harder to specialize in a new specialty as a travel nurse? And, how would it be more difficult?
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    Med-surg or specialize first?

    Thanks for the insight! I am leaning towards specializing in what I want to first and then maybe travel later in my specialty. I am terrified that I may end up miserable traveling in med-surg, since I don't particularly like it. I just hate to specialize/work in a new unit and then up and leave in a year or two to travel, but I'll see how I feel in the future.
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