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For those contemplating the travel nurse field: The best way to learn about the travel nursing field is from those who are actually in the travel nursing trenches. This form was created to give travel nurses a venue to post their experiences.

For experienced travelers: Do you have a travel nursing experience? Share it by answering the travel nurse questionnaire!

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Name: CW
ResidentState: TX
Specialty: ER/Trauma/ICU/IR/Endo
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 1
LocationImportance: 1
RecuirterImportance: 1
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: 6-10 years
NOWTravelCompany: TruStaff
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany: Yes
NonFriendlyHospital: Yes
Favoritecity: Miami, FL
LeastFavoriteCity: Redding,CA
Date: 25 Mar 2014
Time: 17:27:43

FirstTravelNurseExperience

It was recommended that I work with a particular recruiter with a well known travel company. My recruiter treated me well but her company did not empower her to resolve issues that arose. For example, my second contract was terminated due to lack of need after I paid my rent & moved in on Friday with a scheduled shift Monday. It just went from bad to worse. It devolved into a mess. This IS NOT the company that I'm with now. I really enjoy my recruiter, Jennifer Endres-Zerhusen @ TruStaff. I couldn't be happier with her and TruStaff. I'm proud to be called "one of Jenn's nurses!" She Always takes personal care of us. We love our Jennifer-she's a 2 time Recruiter of the Year.

TellAFirstTimer

I'm an 8 year traveler in critical care. Please look at the entire value of a contract. What are you actually going to make for the whole thing?? Different companies package your compensation in different ways. Ask questions like: are bonuses taxed? what are all the housing options? Do your own research about the area including housing, furniture rentals, etc. when selecting a recruiter: ask other traveling nurses for the name of their recruiter. Ask questions about what this person does for them. Please try to remember your recruiter is your personal connection to almost everything. If you don't like them or you can't reach them in a timely fashion, imagine them holding your check, housing, etc in their hand. With all that said, I absolutely adore my recruiter Jennifer Endres Zerhusen with TruStaff. She keeps up with everything including CEUs, licenses, etc. She really gets it!! She's personable & trustworthy. I never have pay problems or any other issues. My contracts are carefully reviewed by both of us. Again, no hassles. She's always available, always! She refers to us as "her nurses" & treats us as such. She's a 2 time Recruiter of the Year. Choose wisely! Travel to the cool places of your dreams! See it all! Do it all! See you out there: )

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Name: J.J.
ResidentState: MS
Specialty: Onc/MS
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 3
RecuirterImportance: 2
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: Under 1 year
NOWTravelCompany: Trustaff
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany: no
NonFriendlyHospital: no
Favoritecity: The people are friendly
LeastFavoriteCity: there is not many things to do
Date: 26 Mar 2014
Time: 00:18:05

FirstTravelNurseExperience

This is currently my first travel assignment. Everything has been going well. Trustaff is an great agency and my recruiter is awesome as well. The agency has some great perks and the my recruiter is genuinely concerned with me and my well being.

TellAFirstTimer

Be thorough when searching for travel agencies. Having a recruiter that is on your side and cares about you means so much. That can make your travel experience much better

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Name: Claudia
ResidentState: Alaska
Specialty: Ped Hem/Onc RN
MoneyImportance: 3
BenefitsImportance: 1
LocationImportance: 2
RecuirterImportance: 4
Housing: I'll Take The Stipend & RV It
TravelingYears: Select One
NOWTravelCompany: Trustaff
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: Not yet
NonFriendlyHospital: Nope
Favoritecity: Los Angeles
LeastFavoriteCity: None
Date: 08 Apr 2014
Time: 04:39:52

FirstTravelNurseExperience

I thought my first travel experience was excellent! Trustaff vetted my opportunities, coached me and supported my all the way through. Never felt alone or out of the loop and if I had any questions, they were always ready to help!

TellAFirstTimer

Make sure you have guaranteed shifts! :>

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Name: Laura
ResidentState: South Carolina
Specialty: Emergency Department
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 2
RecuirterImportance: 2
Housing: Two Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: 1-2 years
NOWTravelCompany: PPR
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: Advance Med
NonFriendlyHospital: None
Favoritecity: Gallup, New Mexico
LeastFavoriteCity: Ft. Worth, Texas
Date: 14 Apr 2014
Time: 21:22:31

FirstTravelNurseExperience

It was an ASAP assignment which is not good for a new travel RN...it was also at a facility in a popular beach resort so finding housing was impossible. Lost money on that assignment. Now I get my agency to arrange housing as it just isn't worth the hassle

TellAFirstTimer

Do not travel with Advance Med. They withheld my last paycheck, which is illegal, and the entire experience with them was a nightmare from the beginning. I'm still fighting them over this...get everything in writing and find a recruiter who really cares about you, and sees you as a person, not as a moneymaker...if I wanted to be treated that way I'd work in a strip joint

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Name: Carol
ResidentState: Texas
Specialty: Med Surgical/Tele
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 3
RecuirterImportance: 2
Housing: I'll Take The Stipend & RV It
TravelingYears: Under 1 year
NOWTravelCompany: Trustaff
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany: None
NonFriendlyHospital: No
Favoritecity: Plano, TX
LeastFavoriteCity:
Date: 16 Apr 2014
Time: 14:32:49

FirstTravelNurseExperience

After many months of researching different travel nursing agencies, I chose Trustaff for my very first travel assignment. During this process, I have been contacted by many other agencies but decided to remain with Trustaff. Having a good recruiter can make the difference between a good or bad experience. My recruiter at Trustaff, Brenden Peterman, has worked hard to find me the best travel assignments and he has made the transition into travel nursing a smooth one. He has gone above and beyond to help with any obstacles and he has always been readily available to answer questions on my behalf. If you are considering a career as a travel nurse, I would highly recommend that you contact Brenden Peterman at Trustaff. He's great!

TellAFirstTimer

Get it in writing!!! Nothing is free. Have at least $1000.00 saved for unexpected expenses.

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Name: Amanda
ResidentState: CO
Specialty: ER
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 3
RecuirterImportance: 2
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: Under 1 year
NOWTravelCompany: American Mobile Network
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: Medical Solutions
NonFriendlyHospital: Ben Taub, Houston, TX
Favoritecity: Rockwall, TX
LeastFavoriteCity:
Date: 07 May 2014
Time: 19:42:56

FirstTravelNurseExperience

My first assignment was in a small hospital, the staff was friendly. Busy hospital for the size, but every staff member on night shift and doctors were amazing. Very welcoming. Enjoyed everyone there. Take time to go around the area you are in. I would recommend taking housing from the company, especially if you have an animal. I realized I wasn't going to make $$ after I didn't take the housing. You will have to pay security deposits for apt, utilities, and pet deposits. Be prepared for out of pocket expenses because Electricity was very expensive.

TellAFirstTimer

Do not sit on your butt and not help out. Being a team player makes everyone more willing to help you out. I hated working nights because the manager didn't work with my days in a row. Request off days you would like off. Make sure you talk with them re: your schedule and requests. You do not always interview with the actual manager, but you talk with a recruiter. Get an email and ask them if they can send you a summary of your conversation. Recruiters can make or break you. Keep in contact with them for everything. I had a great recruiter with AMN for my first contract. If you are ever told you have to take a PBDS test, know that your job contract will depend on you passing this. I was not told that on my second assignment and drove 900 miles and had not idea about this or else I would have not signed the contract. My 2nd contract, the story was to work in the ER but we all travel RNs were actually all put in a Holding area for patients that were waiting to be admitted and never worked in ER, but more as a tele RN. The recruiters for the facility do not really know the ER, so be careful and have answers written down and ask for an email to have it documented what you were told about patient ratios, where you will work and schedules . Medical Solutions had a very aggressive and rude recruiter that i had to report to their team lead.

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Name: Nick
ResidentState: AZ
Specialty: ICU
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 3
RecuirterImportance: 2
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: 1-2 years
NOWTravelCompany: Trinity Healthcare Staffing
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany: Not yet.
NonFriendlyHospital: Phoenix Baptist, Phoenix AZ (also, all Phoenix hospitals)
Favoritecity: No Favorite
LeastFavoriteCity: Florence, SC
Date: 18 May 2014
Time: 15:51:33

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Small hospital with very limited resources. No intensivist for ICU at night or Pharmacist. But staff and patients were very nice - so this made for a great experience.

TellAFirstTimer

It's only 13 weeks. Just because things are different doesn't mean that they are wrong. If the environment isn't safe for patients or your practice, THEN that is the only time I would suggest leaving. YOU WILL get used to different charting systems - just give it a chance. A great recruiter can make all the difference at a company and same for your attitude. Stay out of unit politics - don't attempt to change anything because you won't. Work hard and be helpful to others - it will make all the difference. Remember, it's just 13 weeks. You can do it!

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Name: Rachel G Pinson
ResidentState: Oklahoma
Specialty: ER
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 3
LocationImportance: 1
RecuirterImportance: 1
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: 1-2 years
NOWTravelCompany: OSU medical Tulsa Oklahoma
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: Amber medical staffing Springfield Missouri
NonFriendlyHospital: CMH bolivar Missouri
Favoritecity: Sedalia Missouri
LeastFavoriteCity: Bolivar Missouri
Date: 19 May 2014
Time: 14:56:31

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Awesome loved working for atlas med staff!

TellAFirstTimer

No

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Name: Sue
ResidentState: MA
Specialty: RN Tele/ICU
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 4
RecuirterImportance: 3
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: 2-5 years
NOWTravelCompany: Atlas Medstaff
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany: I don't like bad mothing companies. I believe in not burning your bridges.
NonFriendlyHospital: Just be open minded in all the hospitals.
Favoritecity: Northern California
LeastFavoriteCity: San Joaquin Valley very boring
Date: 20 May 2014
Time: 23:23:22

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Scary wasn't sure if it was the right decision, didn't understand how to negotiate for best maximum benefits or pay. Figuring out the best shift for me and how to get acquainted with new locations. It's always fun to meet new people though.

TellAFirstTimer

It's exciting and you get to meet a lot of people, experience different learning programs,and of course make great money!!

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Name: Terry
ResidentState: Colorado
Specialty: Med/Surg
MoneyImportance: 3
BenefitsImportance: 1
LocationImportance: 4
RecuirterImportance: 2
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: Under 1 year
NOWTravelCompany: Atlas MedStaff
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany: No
NonFriendlyHospital: Sidney Reginal Med Center
Favoritecity: Cambridge, Nebraska
LeastFavoriteCity: Sidney, Nebraska
Date: 21 May 2014
Time: 03:13:10

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Liked the new small hospital in Cambridge. The staff was welcoming. Hospital was up to date.

TellAFirstTimer

be pro-active, adapt to staff and take changes in stride.

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Name: Judith Suess
ResidentState: MO
Specialty: ICU
MoneyImportance: 2
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 3
RecuirterImportance: 1
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: 2-5 years
NOWTravelCompany: LRS Healthcare
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany: Liquid Agents
NonFriendlyHospital: Kaiser CA
Favoritecity: Hawaii
LeastFavoriteCity: OKC
Date: 22 May 2014
Time: 13:49:07

TellAFirstTimer

Do your research on the company and your recruiter.

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Name: Lisa
ResidentState: Missouri
Specialty: L&D
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 4
RecuirterImportance: 3
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: 1-2 years
NOWTravelCompany: Atlas Medstaff
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany: Yes Valley Healthcare
NonFriendlyHospital: Yes Drew County Memorial Montecelo Arkansas
Favoritecity: Nashville Tn
LeastFavoriteCity: Montecello Arkansas
Date: 24 May 2014
Time: 10:56:10

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Wonderful. My recruiter made sure I had all that I needed. The hospital and all of the staff and physicians were very welcoming.

TellAFirstTimer

Don't be afraid to ask for help when needed and call your recruiter with any problems/concerns. A good recruiter really does not mind and mine is the BEST!

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Name: Crystal
ResidentState: KY
Specialty: Dialysis
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 3
RecuirterImportance: 4
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: Under 1 year
NOWTravelCompany: Renal Reserve
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: no
NonFriendlyHospital: UK, Lexington KY
Favoritecity: Christiansburg/Radford VA
LeastFavoriteCity: NA
Date: 26 May 2014
Time: 16:06:30

FirstTravelNurseExperience

small town (Radford), tried depositing money into checking acct and part on pay card - was wrong two weeks in a row so I had to have money western unioned to me

TellAFirstTimer

make sure your housing is close to hospital. the address to the hosptial I was at was Christiansburg but it was actually in Radford - so my first housing was over 20 miles away. Had them move me

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Name: paul best
ResidentState: Ohio
Specialty: ICU
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 4
RecuirterImportance: 3
Housing: Suite Is Fine
TravelingYears: 10+ years...
NOWTravelCompany: Fastaff
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: NIGHTINGALE!!!
NonFriendlyHospital: Providence Medical Cnt/ University Maryland MC
Favoritecity: Anchorage
LeastFavoriteCity: Hartfod CT
Date: 31 May 2014
Time: 17:58:31

FirstTravelNurseExperience

It was great extended twice. Roanoke VA. Great progressive medical center. Felt like family. Great manager. Still keep in touch after 20 years.

TellAFirstTimer

Nightingale will totally screw you over. Intentionally or not, I do not know. They will leave you high and dry and not financially compensate. Then they will trash you.


Name: Sara
ResidentState: Indiana
Specialty: Med/Onc
MoneyImportance: 2
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 1
RecuirterImportance: 3
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: 6-10 years
NOWTravelCompany: seasonal-Lee Memorial
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: AMN
NonFriendlyHospital: Yale New-Haven
Favoritecity: Palo Alto, CA
LeastFavoriteCity: New Haven, CT
Date: 03 Jun 2014
Time: 01:46:13

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Terrifying! Overwhelming when you hear all the details of your first contract and try to make sense of it all! Went from a small outpatient oncology clinic to 1,000 bed teaching hospital. Gorgeous area in NC with the southern hospitality overflowing.

TellAFirstTimer

Put yourself out there, be friendly, smile, and even when you feel like crying in a corner somewhere...dont! Always remember, this too shall pass, and you will be stronger for it! Most importantly, explore as many new places and have as many new experiences as possible. When it comes to dealing with agencies, remember its business and not personal. Dont be afraid to ask a recruiter what their experience is and why they think their company might be a good fit for you.


Name: Denise
ResidentState: TN
Specialty: Labor and Delivery
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 3
LocationImportance: 4
RecuirterImportance: 2
Housing: Two Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: Under 1 year
NOWTravelCompany: Atlas Medstaff
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany: N/A
NonFriendlyHospital: Lea Regional Medical Center
Favoritecity: haven't found it yet
LeastFavoriteCity: Salem, VA
Date: 15 Jun 2014
Time: 11:19:36

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Very short staffed. Great divide between day shift and night shift. Not appreciative of someone coming to help them. Horrible Director. I was lied to by the Director when asked to come back that staffing was better. Staffing is even worse now and I have 11 more weeks to go with a Director that hates smokers and wants to cancel my contract due to this. Was told by Director that I could not even smoke while driving in to work on my own time. I will never give Lea Regional a third chance. I am out of there when my contract expires if she does not get rid of me before this time. I worked somewhere for 20 years straight before my unit was closed down and am a hard worker, follow rules, very competent with my specialty and not a complainer as this sounds like I am. Just an unbelieveable experience that I am having. Have never had to worry day to day if I still have a job.

TellAFirstTimer

Make sure you interview your potential assignment also. The interview is not just for them to interview you. Also, don't believe everything they tell you. I have unfortunately found this out the hard way.


Name: Nicki
ResidentState: IL
Specialty: Medical ICU/Tele
MoneyImportance: 3
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 2
RecuirterImportance: 1
Housing: I'll Take The Stipend & RV It
TravelingYears: 1-2 years
NOWTravelCompany: PPR now but LOVE Fusion Medical Staffing
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: No- I've gone though Millenia Medical as well and have nothing bad to say
NonFriendlyHospital: Louis A Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Travelers in the past have made a really bad name for us and it is a very tense environment for travelers now. Constanly getting grilled for something.
Favoritecity: Northwest Montana!!
LeastFavoriteCity: Las Vegas
Date: 19 Jun 2014
Time: 01:08:39

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Not horrible, quite an adventure. We opted for finding our own housing and taking the stipend to save a bit, and this was before we owned our 5th wheel. It was just a small hastle at first with utilities and renting furniture. I'm a control freak and really wanted to pick out the place we were living before rather than take the housing. The hospital had over 50% travlers on their staff so it was a really outgoing crew and friendly for the most part.

TellAFirstTimer

Well we live in our toy-hauler as we travel with a dog and treasure having our pleasures of home. I'd say once you get your rhythm of learning protocols and procedures quickly, learn the who's who and stand your ground. After quality nursing care and being the patients advocate, chart, chart and chart(cya). Be a team player! I've found what comes around goes around and I always help when I can and find people have my back when I need it. Get a good accountant who has knowledge in travel nursing to help you cya in that regard and as far as agencies go...you may make a dollar or 2 more with some but the small difference won't be worth it if you aren't being listened to, or if someone doesn't have your back. I have so many over the top good things to say regarding Fusion Medical Staffing as the've taken care of me in so many ways. I feel as though family is watching out for me with their honesty, transparency, understanding and above and beyond service.


Name: Angela
ResidentState: Mississippi
Specialty: tele/ortho/neuro/ms
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 3
RecuirterImportance: 4
Housing: I'll Take The Stipend & RV It
TravelingYears: 1-2 years
NOWTravelCompany: the right solutions
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: aya healthcare
NonFriendlyHospital: n/a
Favoritecity: phoenix, az
LeastFavoriteCity: fort smith ar
Date: 10 Jul 2014
Time: 00:25:06

FirstTravelNurseExperience

I was anxious about starting a new computer charting system within a weeks time.

TellAFirstTimer

Just do it!


Name: Cheryl
ResidentState: Texas
Specialty: L&D
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 3
RecuirterImportance: 4
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: Under 1 year
NOWTravelCompany: The Right Solutions
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: no
NonFriendlyHospital: no
Favoritecity:
LeastFavoriteCity: Espanola, NM
Date: 12 Jul 2014
Time: 06:12:52

FirstTravelNurseExperience

This was truly an eye-opening experience for working in a small hospital. Out of the standard comfort zone was the norm.

TellAFirstTimer

Prepare to be challenged.


Name: Jane
ResidentState: la
Specialty: RN
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 3
RecuirterImportance: 4
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: Under 1 year
NOWTravelCompany: none
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: no
NonFriendlyHospital: no
Favoritecity: new orleans
LeastFavoriteCity: west monroe
Date: 21 Jul 2014
Time: 03:53:42

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Never done it before

TellAFirstTimer


Name: Suzi
ResidentState: NV
Specialty: M/S/tele
MoneyImportance: 2
BenefitsImportance: 3
LocationImportance: 2
RecuirterImportance: 1
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: 6-10 years
NOWTravelCompany: AYA
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: AB Staffing "Run Fast and Furious"
NonFriendlyHospital: SPH Homer,AK
Favoritecity: Anchorage
LeastFavoriteCity: Homer, AK
Date: 21 Jul 2014
Time: 19:33:46

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Great in Northern CA Sacramento CHW the best of the best!!! They are now Dignity...

TellAFirstTimer

Stay away from AB Staffing they are our for themselves and their pocket and not the nurse. They are horrible treat you horrible your not a nurse your a number. The management and staff are a disaster and they will cancel your assignment if they don't like you and LIE to other companies that may call them and ask about you. They will say it was the nurse that left the contract and not admit to the way they handle things. Watch out for the Sandwich brought to you and the handshake. Believe me they are out for themselves!!!!!!!!!


Name: Suzi
ResidentState: NV
Specialty: M/S/tele
MoneyImportance: 2
BenefitsImportance: 3
LocationImportance: 2
RecuirterImportance: 1
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: 6-10 years
NOWTravelCompany: AYA
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: AB Staffing "Run Fast and Furious"
NonFriendlyHospital: SPH Homer,AK
Favoritecity: Anchorage
LeastFavoriteCity: Homer, AK
Date: 21 Jul 2014
Time: 19:34:09

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Great in Northern CA Sacramento CHW the best of the best!!! They are now Dignity...

TellAFirstTimer

Stay away from AB Staffing they are our for themselves and their pocket and not the nurse. They are horrible treat you horrible your not a nurse your a number. The management and staff are a disaster and they will cancel your assignment if they don't like you and LIE to other companies that may call them and ask about you. They will say it was the nurse that left the contract and not admit to the way they handle things. Watch out for the Sandwich brought to you and the handshake. Believe me they are out for themselves!!!!!!!!!


Name: Suzi
ResidentState: NV
Specialty: M/S/tele
MoneyImportance: 2
BenefitsImportance: 3
LocationImportance: 2
RecuirterImportance: 1
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: 6-10 years
NOWTravelCompany: AYA
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: AB Staffing "Run Fast and Furious"
NonFriendlyHospital: SPH Homer,AK
Favoritecity: Anchorage
LeastFavoriteCity: Homer, AK
Date: 21 Jul 2014
Time: 19:34:11

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Great in Northern CA Sacramento CHW the best of the best!!! They are now Dignity...

TellAFirstTimer

Stay away from AB Staffing they are our for themselves and their pocket and not the nurse. They are horrible treat you horrible your not a nurse your a number. The management and staff are a disaster and they will cancel your assignment if they don't like you and LIE to other companies that may call them and ask about you. They will say it was the nurse that left the contract and not admit to the way they handle things. Watch out for the Sandwich brought to you and the handshake. Believe me they are out for themselves!!!!!!!!!


Name:
ResidentState:
Specialty:
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 2
RecuirterImportance: 3
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: 2-5 years
NOWTravelCompany: Soliant
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany:
NonFriendlyHospital: Bateman, Huntington, wv
Favoritecity: Baltimore
LeastFavoriteCity: Huntington
Date: 27 Jul 2014
Time: 11:39:58

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Make sure it is in writing. Double check the money stated in the contract. Don't trust what is said, no matter how nice the person seems to be.

TellAFirstTimer

If it isn't in writing, you're screwed.


Name:
ResidentState:
Specialty:
MoneyImportance: 2
BenefitsImportance: 3
LocationImportance: 1
RecuirterImportance: 4
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: Select One
NOWTravelCompany:
SwitchCompanies: Select One
DisasterCompany:
NonFriendlyHospital:
Favoritecity:
LeastFavoriteCity:
Date: 31 Jul 2014
Time: 16:55:04

FirstTravelNurseExperience

I have never traveled before.

TellAFirstTimer


Name: Jordon
ResidentState: Pennsylvania
Specialty: Operating Room
MoneyImportance: 2
BenefitsImportance: 3
LocationImportance: 1
RecuirterImportance: 4
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: 2-5 years
NOWTravelCompany: PROLINK
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: No
NonFriendlyHospital: No
Favoritecity: Lock Haven,PA
LeastFavoriteCity: Columbus,OH...but only because of it's size.
Date: 14 Aug 2014
Time: 22:26:14

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Small hospital. Treated like a savior. Staff happy that I could do any job in the OR including swinging a mop.

TellAFirstTimer

Don't act like a know it all...even if you do know it all. Things are done differently at different hospitals. Unless it is a patient safety issue... it's probably best to keep your opinions to yourself unless asked. Show up for your shifts and show up on time and ready to work.


Name: Kristine
ResidentState: Florida
Specialty: Stepdown/Progressive Care
MoneyImportance: 3
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 4
RecuirterImportance: 4
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: 2-5 years
NOWTravelCompany: Cross Country Trav Corps
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany: Yes
NonFriendlyHospital: No
Favoritecity: Anchorage
LeastFavoriteCity: Palm Beach Gardens
Date: 23 Aug 2014
Time: 13:50:03

FirstTravelNurseExperience

My first travel nurse job was a local assignment at a hospital in the northern part of town I lived on. I worked on a PCU unit and it was great. Staff was friendly and helpful. The best part of this assignment was that I had to float one day to Mother/Baby, hadn't been in that arena since nursing school some 7 years before, when JACHO just happened to be doing a site visit and of course we all know what happened. They chose the Traveler who happened to have a patient that was a fall risk, and proceeded to do their investigation. Well it went very well, the JACHO inspector gave raving reviews about the unit and the Manager offered me a job which I declined since I was just starting out as a Gypsy and wanted to spread my Gypsy wings.

TellAFirstTimer

Over the course of traveling the past 7 years off and on I have learned so many things. First and foremost, connecting with your Recruiter is vital in this industry. Be flexible and be able to roll with the punches. It's not always about the $$$ but about the ride. Don't compare what you make to what another traveler on your unit is making, you don't know how their piece of the pie was divided and it just might make you frustrated and bitter about the company but in reality it probably is the same. Finally, use the resources that are available on the Web....I didn't have them when I first started, at least not Facebook, and no one had told me about Highway Hypodermics, Pan Travelers, or The Gypsy Nurse and I could of used the wealth of information that these fellow travelers so freely share.


Name: Susan
ResidentState: Missouri
Specialty: Obstetrics
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 3
RecuirterImportance: 4
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: Select One
NOWTravelCompany: TRS
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany:
NonFriendlyHospital:
Favoritecity: Gilbert, Az after 37 years as an RN this was by far the most positive workplace I have been in.
LeastFavoriteCity:
Date: 08 Sep 2014
Time: 10:25:36

FirstTravelNurseExperience

Was treated as an outcast, bedside nursing and labor support was not practiced by peers. I stayed true though to myself and my patients. Stuck with it and extended one time. Loved the Navajo people and learning about their culture. Amazing. Learned so much. So glad I had that experience.

TellAFirstTimer

That 13 weeks is not your life. Your life is so much more. Give freely of yourself. Keep upbeat. Your patients deserve a smile.


Name: Salina
ResidentState: IN
Specialty: Medical Surgical
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 4
RecuirterImportance: 3
Housing: Suite Is Fine
TravelingYears: Under 1 year
NOWTravelCompany: Liquid Agents Healthcare
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: Not yet
NonFriendlyHospital: Not yet
Favoritecity: Polacca, AZ
LeastFavoriteCity:
Date: 09 Sep 2014
Time: 18:30:52

FirstTravelNurseExperience

I have been so fortunate to have an awesome experience at the Hopi Healthcare Center in Arizona. I've extended my contract twice!!!!

TellAFirstTimer


Name: Dee
ResidentState: Ms
Specialty: Tele
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 2
RecuirterImportance: 3
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: 2-5 years
NOWTravelCompany: Onward
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: Integrated Healthcare
NonFriendlyHospital: UT southwestern Med center
Favoritecity: Miami
LeastFavoriteCity: Houston
Date: 24 Sep 2014
Time: 01:44:04

FirstTravelNurseExperience

It was a very small hospital with hardly any up to date equipment. The money and accomidations from the agency were great but the hospital was very scary to work in.

TellAFirstTimer

Ask questions and read your contracts thoroughly!! Never get pressured into signing if they don't give you what you want!!


Name: Susan G.
ResidentState: CA
Specialty: Home Health
MoneyImportance: 2
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 1
RecuirterImportance: 1
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: 1-2 years
NOWTravelCompany: Atlas Med Staff
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: American Mobile
NonFriendlyHospital: no comment
Favoritecity: San Luis Obispo, CA
LeastFavoriteCity: Sacramento, CA
Date: 24 Sep 2014
Time: 22:58:05

FirstTravelNurseExperience

I was recruited with 1 year experience only into HH and upon research I thought a take home of $1400/week, including housing stipend was great considering it was Sac. Thinking it was cheap, but the HH orgz wasn't. If you can identify the biggest orgz in CA, that's it. I do not want to name names. Their patients are so entitled you can barely touch these patients without getting a call from the agency director. My supervisor was great, their LVNs are such a snitch and confronts RNs? The culture is snutty and kinda arrogant. I found a room to rent, drive home every weekend to see my kids. other than being able to hang on to almost finish the gig the director is very condescending, worked out a story to get me out, just like that. You have to learn to hang on there but you have to love where you are, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION because after the end of the day you can't always go home to feel better and never take 26-week assignment.

TellAFirstTimer

Highlight your experiences, challenges, and driving distance (if applicable). Start with a minimum/base of $ 1500, take home if taking stipend, and increasing from there depending on specialty and years of experience. Make sure mileage is included on travel to and from after contract completion, ask for bonus completion. However, if taking housing, caveat emptor, know the restrictions, limitations esp. if contract is discontinued/cancelled by either parties. Lastly, know the penalties, meaning if you get sick, unable to continue assignment for any reason(s), READ A DRAFT CONTRACT BEFORE NEGOTIATING THE RATE, READ BLOGS ON THE COMPANY YOU ARE SIGNING WITH AND AGENCY/HOSPITAL YOU WILL BE PLACED. And from there, decide what's best for you. But more than anything else, during your interview, ask as much questions to the interviewer like patient load, etc.


Name: April
ResidentState: Kentucky
Specialty: Med/Surg
MoneyImportance: 2
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 1
RecuirterImportance: 3
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: Under 1 year
NOWTravelCompany: Trinity Healthcare Staffing
SwitchCompanies: Select One
DisasterCompany: Not yet
NonFriendlyHospital: Not yet
Favoritecity: Nashville is my first travel assignment and I love it!
LeastFavoriteCity: I will update you when I know
Date: 29 Sep 2014
Time: 21:57:17

FirstTravelNurseExperience

I traveled to Nashville and was scared to death but so excited. My recruiter practically held my hand and did not let me down. Chelsea at Trinity rocks! I took an assignment at the Sara Cannon Cancer Center, gyno post surgical and I have been treated very well. The staff were in great need and appreciated the help. The hospital is very nice and up to date and the city is full of fun. I am always having a blast on my days off. I recommend!

TellAFirstTimer

Make sure you find out what time to arrive for your first day of orientation. If you don't want to float, get it in writing or you will be the first to float. I floated my first night but I didn't mind at all. Getting your own housing is not easy. There are some real dumps out there. If they wont let you see the room first, don't rent it. Pack your lunch and stay out of the restaurants or you will gain serious weight if your not careful. Stay positive and keep a smile, even when your biting your tongue til it bleeds. A positive attitude helps to change other nurse's attitudes about travelers and it really starts a chain reaction. Research your hospital thoroughly before you sign!


Name: Rebecca
ResidentState: MN
Specialty: OB
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 4
RecuirterImportance: 3
Housing: One Bedroom Paid For
TravelingYears: 2-5 years
NOWTravelCompany: american mobile
SwitchCompanies: No
DisasterCompany:
NonFriendlyHospital:
Favoritecity: san antonio tx
LeastFavoriteCity: san francisco ca
Date: 30 Sep 2014
Time: 10:31:26

FirstTravelNurseExperience

working at a gov "Indian" hospital.was nervous but it went smoothly

TellAFirstTimer

don't get sucked into complaining about probs on the unit


Name: Kat
ResidentState: Ohio
Specialty: ED
MoneyImportance: 2
BenefitsImportance: 4
LocationImportance: 1
RecuirterImportance: 3
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: 1-2 years
NOWTravelCompany: tnaa
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany: n/a
NonFriendlyHospital: n/a
Favoritecity: St. Petersburg, FL
LeastFavoriteCity:
Date: 07 Oct 2014
Time: 08:59:08

FirstTravelNurseExperience

TellAFirstTimer

JUST DO IT!!!! You never know until you try! And if you find it's not for you, you can always return home knowing you gave it a shot :)


Name:
ResidentState:
Specialty: ER
MoneyImportance: 1
BenefitsImportance: 2
LocationImportance: 3
RecuirterImportance: 4
Housing: Give Me The $$MONEY$$
TravelingYears: Under 1 year
NOWTravelCompany:
SwitchCompanies: Yes
DisasterCompany:
NonFriendlyHospital: St Johns Hospital Springfield IL
Favoritecity:
LeastFavoriteCity: Springfield, IL
Date: 20 Oct 2014
Time: 00:05:41

FirstTravelNurseExperience

It was horrible, the staff used and abused the traveling nurses. We would have the heavier load, stay with same pod of patients while staff got to switch assignments to triage, CDU, minor emergency,

TellAFirstTimer

Ask for higher rate of pay, you are worth the extra money.


 

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