Quote from msunderstoood
Do you let the units that you are traveling to know beforehand about your illness? I am typically very upfront about things and wondered if that has gotten in your way at all? Were you diagnosed before you switched insurance? Was that an issue at all? What happens when you have to call in do you just make it up at the end of your assignment or do you have to pay back money?
Thanks for all the great information there were things I didn't consider....
I have had UC for 15 years, and only been traveling for 5. So I did have to worry for a year that if something happened, it would not be covered.
All days that I have called in sick, I have always made up...but I frequently did that as a nontraveler.
I do not tell them upfront, but often an interviewer will discuss attendance policies or ask about hoe often that you call in sick. I also find that larger units can handle the occasional sick call better than small ones.
I am much more careful about taking care of me, to prevent flareups. There are many nurses with chronic illness that know that certain behaviors can increase flareups (for me, eating improperly/excess alcohol/skipping meds/not enough rest/overheating). I tailor my life that I do not do those things...no matter how tempting it is to slide on some bad habits. But I know of diabetics that screw around with their insulin/diet, epileptics that just have to have a drink or two...and then invariably pay for it with being "sick" alot and then wonder why they have trouble getting assignments.
There is less tolerance of sick time for travelers, and if you do not make up the time, you will pay for it...either by being charged housing costs and/or less jobs.
I also try to make myself so "valuable" as an employee (even as a traveler) that my managers want to keep me, and are not put off by one or two sick days.