I am living in Texas and plan on moving to Northern California next March. I'd like to be a travel nurse so that my travel expenses and housing will be paid for; meanwhile, I can also sample hospitals before I choose a permanent one.
Does anyone have experience using travel nurse agencies? Any recommendations on specific agencies, general advice, warnings? Do the hospitals offer orientation periods? Is travel nursing as good as it appears to be?
I would greatlly appreciate your input!
Dec 19, '05
I am going to take the liberty and move this to the Travel Forum.
As stated above, you have to expect to hit the floor running and being able to function without any real orientation to speak of. You may get a few hours only to find out where things are and the paperwork. But do not expect the type of orientation that you would get as a new employee. This is why most of u keep saying that you should have at least two years of work experience as an RN before beginning to travel. The agencies say one year, but you really should have two for most faciliites and they do require that, at least the better places.
Last edit by suzanne4 on Dec 20, '05
Dec 20, '05
Yes, travel nursing is as good as it appears if you use the right company. My first travel company treated me horrible, but it was a lesson I learned. Now I love travel nursing and with the right company you will also. The company you pick should provide you with private housing, at least $38 to $45/hr and travel reimbusement. Some even provide rental car reimbursement. I have alot of friends travel nursing in CA. There are alot of jobs there and the pay rate is very good. I don't know if I can say the names of good and bad companies on here but I'll be happy to e-mail them to you.
some hospitals will give you a week or two of orientation and some will only give you 3 or 4 days. Your first assignment will be the hardest, after that, they get easier and easier. It is the best way to see the country and have everything paid for. I've made alot of friends all over the place. I hope you enjoy travel nursing!!
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Last edit by nightingale on Dec 20, '05