travel nursing help...please

  1. hello all. I am at a point in my career where I would like to do some travel nursing, specifically to east Maine. I am here looking for some input on which travel agencies you recommend I should use or totally avoid. tips with coordinating the development of the contract once I've found the agency I want to use. also, any pointers on things that you had come up that were unexpected with regards to travel nursing. thank you.
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  3. by   Been there,done that
    You will need to do your own research on travel agencies. Apply with 3 of them and compare and contrast offers.
    Make sure your contract includes travel pay to get back home. Know the safety of the area and level of housing you will be offered. I always had very nice accommodations. Classy apartments and condos on the beach.
    The salary is usually comparable, anything extra you need will depend on your recruiter. You need good vibes from your recruiter.

    Talk with your accountant to make sure you get the best tax breaks before you take any assignment.

    Make SURE you are licensed to work in your state of choice. My nightmare was, I had traveled to AZ and ready to start an assignment, the AZ Bon would not allow me to work without a birth certificate. The agency should have known that. I had to wait 2 weeks to get my birth certificate, the hospital waited and the agency paid my housing, but the agency dropped the ball on licensure requirements. Still missed out on 2 weeks salary.

    Keep in mind.. the agency does not get paid until you work... they should treat you like gold.

    P.S. I love my Glock too.
  4. by   guest4/24/17
    Many agencies are very similar your best bet is to get agents' numbers that have been used by your travel nurse buddies. Also use social media to market yourself and find travel jobs in the areas you're looking for. Have more than one profile and shop around a bit to make sure you're getting the most competitive pay. Don't forget to ask for reimbursement for your license, travel, parking, etc. - those expenses can add up quick.
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the Travel Nursing forum