Salary & experience

  1. Hello, I was just wondering about the average hourly wage for a traveling nurse? Do most companys provided housing for the traveling nurse? What part of nursing is the demand for traveling nurses (e.g ICU, OB,ER, Med/sur)? How much exerience is recomm. b4 becoming a traveling nurse? Do NP's,CNM, CNS, CRNA do they also do travleing nurses or just RN and LVN.
    THanks u so much all information will be great.
    Last edit by foxyhill21 on Apr 22, '05
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  3. by   suzanne4
    CRNAs do what is called locum tenens.
    Most travel positions are for Rns, though there are some for LPNs.

    Advanced practice nurses require special credentialing, so there are not usually travel assignments for them as the paperwork could take months and months.

    Please do a search on the travel forum for answers to the rest of your questions concerning salaries and housing.

    But remember, you should pick an area that you like to work in, not what is popular at the moment. Something that you really want to do........

    And you should have at least two years of work experience before attempting any travel assignment.
  4. by   cathlabtraveler
    the company should provide housing and pay for the utilities/phone/cable. if they don't i would find another co. as far as exp., you should have at the VERY least one year exp in the area you are wanting to work. because you will be expected to hit the floor running and handle a full load within a couple days. the amount of exp that you should have vs the amount of exp that a company is willing to accept might not be the same ,if you get my meaning. 2+ years exp would be nice but you will prob find that some companies will accept 1 year exp. and frankly some companies probably don't care. they just want to fill a position just like some hospitals. but some companies actually do care. as a nurse i would hope that you would not take an assignment until you are secure in your abilities to perform at a highly competent level in the specific area you are wanting to travel.
    as far as salary, i would expect to bring home at the very least 5-6k/mth. and i agree with suzanne about working in an area that you like. if you don't like where you work it'll get old even if you are getting paid well.
  5. by   rnrdms
    Quote from cathlabtraveler
    the company should provide housing and pay for the utilities/phone/cable. if they don't i would find another co. as far as exp., you should have at the VERY least one year exp in the area you are wanting to work. because you will be expected to hit the floor running and handle a full load within a couple days. the amount of exp that you should have vs the amount of exp that a company is willing to accept might not be the same ,if you get my meaning. 2+ years exp would be nice but you will prob find that some companies will accept 1 year exp. and frankly some companies probably don't care. they just want to fill a position just like some hospitals. but some companies actually do care. as a nurse i would hope that you would not take an assignment until you are secure in your abilities to perform at a highly competent level in the specific area you are wanting to travel.
    as far as salary, i would expect to bring home at the very least 5-6k/mth. and i agree with suzanne about working in an area that you like. if you don't like where you work it'll get old even if you are getting paid well.

    HI cath lab

    Please help I am a l&d nurse with 22 yrs experience. what travel company(or suggestions ) for the big bring home PLEASE help thank you
  6. by   cathlabtraveler
    Quote from rnrdms
    HI cath lab

    Please help I am a l&d nurse with 22 yrs experience. what travel company(or suggestions ) for the big bring home PLEASE help thank you
    you could try club staffing, amstaffinginc.com, medsource travelers for starters. i think i talk to almost a dozen different companies. i've worked with club. i'm hopefully gonna have an assignment in june with amstaffing. and a traveler i'm working with now has used medsourcetravelers and said they pay well and are good to work with. i've even had a good contract with MSN before. just talk to alot of different ones and find out what they offer. good luck. let me know if i can help.

    Mark
  7. by   suzanne4
    Before deciding on an agency, decide where you want to go.........Not all agencies have contracts in every state. You will save yourself quite a bit of time that way. Certain specialties are handled more frequently by certain agencies..............

    Also depends on the perks that you want and need............do you need a 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom apt, do you travel with pets, do you want to fly and have a rental car provided, or drive your own.........These are things to be concerned with first, then look for a company that meets what you want. Not the other way around. You should be in the driver's seat, so to speak.
  8. by   sandi917
    Quote from cathlabtraveler
    the company should provide housing and pay for the utilities/phone/cable. if they don't i would find another co. as far as exp., you should have at the VERY least one year exp in the area you are wanting to work. because you will be expected to hit the floor running and handle a full load within a couple days. the amount of exp that you should have vs the amount of exp that a company is willing to accept might not be the same ,if you get my meaning. 2+ years exp would be nice but you will prob find that some companies will accept 1 year exp. and frankly some companies probably don't care. they just want to fill a position just like some hospitals. but some companies actually do care. as a nurse i would hope that you would not take an assignment until you are secure in your abilities to perform at a highly competent level in the specific area you are wanting to travel.
    as far as salary, i would expect to bring home at the very least 5-6k/mth. and i agree with suzanne about working in an area that you like. if you don't like where you work it'll get old even if you are getting paid well.
    I was interested in your response. Does that salary apply only to ICU nurses? Have you ever worked in Boston or Rhode Island? Any info on that, as I am planning my first travel assignment and welcome all info. Thank you.
  9. by   sandi917
    Which is better, flying to an assignment and renting a car there or driving your own car? My guess is that for big cities like Boston and Chicago, it may be better to fly....but how close is housing? Any info is helpful, thank you
  10. by   LoriRN911
    Quote from cathlabtraveler
    the company should provide housing and pay for the utilities/phone/cable. if they don't i would find another co. as far as exp., you should have at the VERY least one year exp in the area you are wanting to work. because you will be expected to hit the floor running and handle a full load within a couple days. the amount of exp that you should have vs the amount of exp that a company is willing to accept might not be the same ,if you get my meaning. 2+ years exp would be nice but you will prob find that some companies will accept 1 year exp. and frankly some companies probably don't care. they just want to fill a position just like some hospitals. but some companies actually do care. as a nurse i would hope that you would not take an assignment until you are secure in your abilities to perform at a highly competent level in the specific area you are wanting to travel.
    as far as salary, i would expect to bring home at the very least 5-6k/mth. and i agree with suzanne about working in an area that you like. if you don't like where you work it'll get old even if you are getting paid well.

    5-6K a month?? Where would this be working? State and speciality?
  11. by   cathlabtraveler
    Quote from LoriRN911
    5-6K a month?? Where would this be working? State and speciality?
    i'm work in the cath lab. from alabama, to arizona, to the northeast. not all the assignments i've been offered pay that well, but i only accept the ones that do.
  12. by   suzanne4
    Pick a company that will fly you to your assignment, as well as pay for a rental car...............

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