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8-ball BSN

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8-ball has 11 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU, and IR.

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    Using RV for travel nursing housing

    I should tell you my wife and I are getting out of the whole travel thing because we are ready to settle down and make a home now but its not related to the Rv living. We are selling our truck and RV and having a house built in California. It should be done Nov 1st. Do you have kids? animals? We had a dog and that was a big reason we went with the RV no pet fees.
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    Using RV for travel nursing housing

    I travel via RV and we have done so for the last 3 years or so. I have a fifth wheel 40ft Rv and I pull it with an F350. It has been great. There has been a few times where I couldn't take an assignment because I couldn't find an Rv spot but to be honest that has been rare. Probably harder in big cities and very desirable locations during desirable times. For example I had a gig in L.A and found a spot in the middle of the city no big deal but I wanted a spot in seattle in the summer and I could never find the RV spot for that. So there are some times where it doesn't work but for the most part its not that bad and the cost savings is better than housing in my case.
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    Per diem VS travel

    well that really depends. certs yes as long as they apply to your position. but experience can be tricky 5-15 years sure but when you get in the 20-30 years range you might run into a bit of issue 1) being age biases, assuming at that point you are more likely for injury and sick days. 2) If your pay is based on experience (and it should be) more experience means higher pay which also means a bigger hit to the managers budget. Where as many believe a nurse in the 10-15 year range might be just as good.
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    Choosing the Right First Assignment

    It didn't use to be that way but I feel more and more I am seeing travelers on the FB groups in PACU say they are being cancelled repetitively and not getting paid. Not sure if this is a contract issue or some other problem but I haven't noticed it so much with ICU nurses. I may have misread her post I thought this was a first assignment, didn't notice her experience. I just love my ICU so I am biased.
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    Choosing the Right First Assignment

    If it were me I would go with the actual ICU assignment. Sometimes recruiters will look at your last assignment and try to fit a round peg in a square whole. In others words if they aren't great listeners they may attempt to just use your resume as a guide to what you like which may influence future assignments. Also if you want ICU down the road you would still be considered a new traveler since you haven't completed an ICU assignment yet. ICU can do PACU but not always the other way around. Once your resume is filled with mostly ICU then look at a PACU job then its just an easy little break for you. Also if PACU is slow you get sent home (no pay) if ICU is slow you get floated and still get paid as long as you have guaranteed hours in your contract (make sure that you do). Starting out its hard to have extra in the savings acount, later when that situation is better you can take more risk with regard to being cancelled. I am making a guess at your financial situation based on how mine was starting out but you may be different. Just letting you know how it works.
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    Per diem VS travel

    Yes it is common but even still competitive. We had 10 travelers when I started here as a traveler last year. Of that 3 took positions at the hospital here and 2 took positions at other Kaisers the others did not have desire to do that. FT positions are difficult as well but the Per diem is really hard. I would say that the larger hospitals like Kaiser Oakland and SF always have openings so if you start as a traveler there you will have better luck. Once you are with them for 6 months you can move to any of the other kaisers if they have openings and you will have first pick before a non kaiser applicant.
  7. Can someone send me a link or explain to me the difference in practice states (full practice, reduced practice, and Restricted) for NPs. I am hoping to go to NP school next year and I am thinking of opening up my own practice in a rural setting one day. The thing is I don't know or yet care what state I settle in. I am currently a travel nurse and have enjoyed this but I do want to settle down soon. I found the map outling which states have different practice ability. It seems if i wanted my own practice I would need to work in a full practice state...is this correct? Also do these states ever change the laws regarding this. For example say I set up practice in Washington (currently full practice) is there a possibility it may change to a reduced practice or restricted in the future. How would that affect my practice? Could I do this in a reduced practice state? I am not planning on having a big staff at all or anything like that I was hoping to really just have a small rural clinic with myself as the only employee, possibly even make house calls with no real office. Thanks
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    American Nurses in U.K

    You might try this question in one of the FB groups dedicated to UK travel nursing. Sorry I have no experience in this and I doubt you will find many in this forum that do.
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    Hospitals in LA

    I can only speak for one but Kaiser LAMC on sunset was horrible. They treat staff like complete garbage. Made me want to quit travel. Only positive is you can work all the OT you want. Pay isn't enough though to make up for housing cost. The staff would have potluck and put a sign "no travelers" in the break room so you had to eat your lunch and watch them eat good food. Also no teamwork there at all.
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    Cancelling a contract

    True I am thinking more on the lines of boyfriend or GF situation not fiance or husband.
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    Cancelling a contract

    Also this time of year you can probably just buy a big tent and air bed and camp at a local state park or something like that. You will have bathroom, shower, electric and water. That should hold you over for 14 days until you have some money to put down on a place or on a vehicle. Not to be critical but never put all your eggs in one basket. It sounds like he was the one with a car and the place, so were you paying half his car and housing. If so it sounds like he was using you and never let that happen again. Get yourself a bank account and put your money away for times like these. Bad things happen but you can guard yourself from the severe outcomes with proper planning.
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    Travel nursing in Alaska

    I have seen a few. A travel Job group on FB reveals these but I know there are more. Rapid temps Empower nursing Faststaff Eminent Medical Allcare medical Onestaff Maxim healthcare AYA healthcare I haven't worked with any of these personally but its what I found on the FB group I follow for jobs. You will get faster results there.
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    Per diem VS travel

    I think your saying what he said. I may not have made that clear but he was encouraging me to take a travel assignment as well as a per diem.
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    Per diem VS travel

    FYI I talked to my accountant and he said I will not have to change my tax home until I have been in the area for 1 year, even if I take a travel assignment in the area as well. After the 1 year mark I will be considered a CA resident. He suggested that when I get near my 1 year to take a sabbatical or something like that and travel back to TN or somewhere else and work for a while then I can go back to my per diem job. Not sure if I can work that with the hospital but I don't have to worry about that just yet. I guess overall since the requirement is only 4 shifts a month I could go take a job somewhere a few hours away and travel back work my 4 shifts a month (just to keep the job) and do that for 1 assignment then come back. Although I meant to ask him, I think the requirement is actually no more than 12 months in a 24 month period in 1 place without losing travel status. If that is the case I will have to really reconsider this.
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    Per diem VS travel

    some what yes. I will give the hospital my availability and they will either confirm my hours or not. Most of the other per diem people said they give them like 5-6 days of availability a week and they get confirmed 3-4 days (8 hour shifts) once confirmed they cannot cancel you (at this facility). You can get confirmation up to a month in advance.
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    Per diem VS travel

    Actually I had considered doing exactly that. In fact I have an Skype appointment with my accountant (he has experience with Travel) this week so I will let you know what he says. I plan on picking up a travel assignment nearby