HELP! 1st time travel help - page 2

I'm a critical nurse with 4-5 years experience. Just got my Cali license. I've been working with Travel Nurse Across America. I picked them because they had high ratings on multiple sites. But the... Read More

  1. by   NedRN
    Quote from Du3du3
    What is the difference in pay between a hospital nurse and a traveling nurse?
    $3.27 per hour.
  2. by   wanderlust99
    my "blended" rate in CA has been around $40/hr for the past 2 years. I've done 8 assignments in CA. You should be making in the high 30s or low 40s. Lower in San Diego, like 20s. Try a different company.

    And I take the company housing, so that's not included. I would bring home more if I took the stipend, obviously.

    I would never work at Oakland Kaiser.
  3. by   NedRN
    I not only would work at Kaiser Oakland, but I did, and I went back. Liked it.
  4. by   palmbeachRN
    NedRN - Im starting at Oakland Kaiser in less than a month, so I'm glad to hear that! I've heard mixed things about all Kaisers!
  5. by   NedRN
    The big issue at Kaiser hospitals for travelers, especially new ones, is floating. Staff works 8s, travelers work 12s. Do the math and it is easy to be floated Q4. It will make you a better nurse but griping about it is to be expected.
  6. by   letsgosavelives85
    Thank you, NedRN for the positive words. I did choose to go to Kaiser, Oakland, for the location and the experience. I have also heard mixed reviews. palmbeachRN... remember... it's only temporary. 13 weeks can be a long time if you make it that way. That's what I keep telling myself. This is my first travel assignment and I'm really not expecting to thoroughly enjoy everything about it. I experience cold feet every 15 minutes. I think this is part of why they say your first travel job is always the hardest. I am going to try to find the positive and make it the best experience I can.

    I appreciate everyone's input very much!
  7. by   leaannf
    Any suggestions for a "good recruiter/travel agency" for a wannabe traveler?
  8. by   leaannf
    Quote from leaannf
    Any suggestions for a "good recruiter/travel agency" for a wannabe traveler?
    sorry..this was not appropriate...
  9. by   bagladyrn
    Not really an inappropriate question if you post it on it's own thread.
    However, it is not an easy question to answer. The best agency for you depends a lot on your own needs, wants, preferences, geographic area of interest, etc.
    Post a thread with some of these details and you should get some answers.
  10. by   RNWhit07
    letsgosavelives85- Let us know how you are liking Kaiser Oakland. I just got my Cali license and plan to start traveling in January. My recruiter keeps telling me Kaiser is 1st time travelers friendly...but like you, I've heard mixed reviews... biggest thing seems to be the floating. Good Luck! Cant wait to be on that side of the country. Can you PM?
  11. by   palmbeachRN
    Letsgosavelives and I work together at Oakland i enjoy it, of course we float a lot. That's what you do as a traveller. Be flexible! I have had an overall positive experience here.
  12. by   palmbeachRN
    Rnwhit07.... Trying to write you back but your inbox is full!
  13. by   RNWhit07
    I did a lot of deleting! try again or email me