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Stacy Pavish

Stacy Pavish
PPR Travel Nursing
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Question 1:
In a large metropolitan area, Nurse Floating Flo contracts to float between three hospitals within a 10 mile radius of her housing. Starting in the 6th week, the company ask her to float to a hospital 15 miles away, the 7th week she goes to one on the other side of the city, that is 30 miles away, plus one that is 17 miles away. The nurse is willing to take the first few, but after the behavior continues, she has had enough and voices this to her recruiter.
Answer 1:

With large health systems, they often are allowed to float the nurse to sister facilities, within their specialty, however, this should be discussed prior to signing the contract.

Question 2:
Baby Nurse Betty is a skilled labor and delivery nurse, who also can float to post-pardum care after the delivery as well as the well-newborn nursery. At 7:30pm, the staffing company hotline gets a call stating that they want her to float to the NICU, which is beyond her competency level. What is your company’s response?
Answer 2:

PPR has an RN Clinical Nurse Manager on staff for any clinical emergencies, 24 hours daily to handle these situations. The nurse should decline the float to a unit/floor where she is not competent and call to speak us directly.

Question 3:
Nurse Roach is all excited about her first travel nursing assignment. She drives 750 miles to her new assignment housing. After getting the keys from management, she opens the door and three cockroaches scurry across the floor. After further investigation, she also finds a ring of mold in the shower. She can’t stand it and immediately texts you with pictures. How do you respond?
Answer 3:

Gross! PPR has a housing hotline for this reason! At anytime of housing emergency, the nurse should have a resource like this to call immediately. Of course, advise your recruiter so that they aware of the situation as well.

Question 4:
You have worked with Nurse Asthmatic for 3 years now and she has done a great job for you, when she takes an assignment in Southeast Colorado. She envisions magic mountains that reach to the sky, only to find that she has landed in wheat country. Not wanting to cause problems she continues to work and everything is fine, until harvest. She has an asthma attack, ends up in the hospital, and is told that she is going to miss at least 2 weeks of work related to asthma induced pneumonia. How do you work things out?
Answer 4:

Poor Nurse Asthmatic! We would need to reach out to the facility to explain the situation and push to have the nurse excused while she heals, adding 2 weeks to the end of her contract if possible.

Question 5:
You have worked hard to find Nurse Roulette a job in Las Vegas. You send the nurse a contract that she readily accepts, signs, and sends back. The next morning the bags are packed and Nurse Roulette is on the way to the assignment of her dreams. At 0800 she is out the door and to the hospital. Checking in with HR, they inform her that there is no contract between the hospital and the company, related to the fact that it has not been approved by HR. About the same time, the recruiting manager comes to you and tells you not to send Nurse Roulette on the assignment. This shouldn’t have happened, but unfortunately it does happen. What do you do?
Answer 5:

This should not ever happen, I'm surprised to hear that it has happened! This is not an easy answer. We will need to find out what the ETA is from HR on the contract being signed or what if there is a reason they are not signing it first. If the contract is going to be held up for a while, the company will need to work fast to find the nurse an assignment asap!

Question 6:
What would you like travel nurses to know about being a great traveling nurse and making your job easier?
Answer 6:

Communication is so extremely important between you and your recruiter. If you have a question or concern, no matter how small, please ask your recruiter about it before asking others. We are here for you and we should be your lifeline throughout every assignment and be able to respond to you quickly! Flexibility and keeping an open mind is very important in travel nursing. Keep a good savings in your account, things can change and this will help ease the stress when it does. Be prepared to make an investment on license(s), a lot of states are only allowing licensed nurses so if you are interested in certain state or location, apply for that license(s) early so that you qualify when the positions open. When on assignment try to obtain names, numbers and emails for references from charge nurses or supervisors so that your recruiter can obtain them for submitting to the next assignment. After you leave, you may forget them! We want you to be happy and have successful travel assignments and we are committed to you!

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