I guess I have been naive, because I was all pumped up, thinking I would make some extra money at an in-between point in my life by switching to travel nursing, yet I wanted to "travel" to a local hospital. I just talked to a recruiter, however, who said that you must live over 50 miles from the city in which you want to travel, in order to qualify to be a traveler. Is this true? I am not trying to get out of paying taxes--if the only difference is that I would not receive the fancy "tax-free stipend", that's no problem. But there are other things I liked about the idea of traveling, so I was really bummed when he told me I wouldn't be able to do it.
The main appeal to me was that, aside from making more money, I could accept a short-term assignment and still get benefits (unlike per diem nursing, where I believe you can't get benefits, and where you wouldn't be guaranteed hours). I really have to get out of my current job--I just hate the floor I'm on, mainly because of a horrible manager and "politics". However, I am thinking of going to grad school, and I don;t want to start up a new perm. position, when I might just end up leaving it. Since I rely on benefits, I thought travel nursing would be a perfect temporary solution for me. Does anyone know if that recruiter was telling the truth, or if he was basically trying to save himself money, because I simply wouldn't qualify for the tax-free money? Or, does anyone have any other suggestions about temporary agencies similar to traveling, that might be an option for me? I live in San Diego, CA, in case anyone knows anything local
Thanks so much for any help!
Aug 11, '06
That's not true. I am a "local" traveller. I do assignments close to my home. It means you probably would have to pay taxes on the housing subsidy is all. Some hospitals or companies have the 50 mile requirement, but it's just them as individuals. You just need to find a travel company that doesn't have that requirement.
Last edit by nightingale on Aug 12, '06
Sep 12, '07
i think that many nurses with families reluctant to travel far would benefit from this information. i never hear anything about local travel and find this to be very interesting. it gives so many other personal opportunities to someone settled with a family or any other obligation. please tell more if any other nurses do local traveling!
Last edit by RNratched on Sep 12, '07
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