I’ve been listed in the ajooja travel nursing directory!

I think I’m going to enjoy this blog thing.  I just have to find more time to write!  Today, I discovered that I’m listed in the ajooja directory under travel nursing.

Thanks guys!


New Assignment in Sunny SoCal!

I just got a new travel assignment in sunny Southern California!  I will be living near Laguna Beach and I am sooo excited.  I am also traveling with a new company, one of the big ones out of CA.  I think they will be good for me because they are based in the area and probably will know more about housing in the area and hopefully can help guide me some, too.  The unit I will be working in is not my favorite (Telemetry) but I think it will be fine for 3 months and the pay is really good.  I will be away from home for Thanksgiving this year, so that will be a little strange, but I can’t wait to see the coast, lie on the beach, and try out California restaurants and night life.  I leave in 3 days and have so much to do.  No time for California Dreamin’.  It’s soon going to be a reality!

Choosing a travel nursing agency

Choosing the right travel nursing agency isn’t always easy, but it is a very, very important decision for the travel nurse. There are a lot of agencies out there, and they are definitely not all created equal.  Some of the “mom-and-pop” agencies offer great rates because they have lower overhead but the trade off is usually that they have fewer assignments to choose from, may not have assignments in “choice” areas or facilities and, since they’re small the risk of tem going out of business and leaving their nurses unpaid is a real concern.  I know this may sound crazy but I have heard many stories about agencies closing their doors and leaving their staff without paychecks.  The larger agencies have a reputation for being less service oriented and treating their nurses “like a number”.  I think this may be true of some of the larger agencies but not all of them.  What is important is that you do your research, ask the recruiter lots of questions and get everything in writing.  Do some research and determine what you’ll need going in to the contract negotiation.  Do you need housing provided? What about the bills, who will pay?  Do you need relocation assistance? Will you need to obtain a new license?  What will that cost and can the agency reimburse?  Do you need health insurance? 401k? etc, etc, etc.  Of course, the more you need provided to you for your assignment, the lower your hourly pay rate will be.  Again, do your home work, shop round, ask questions, get it all in writing, and make sure you are dealing with an agency you feel good about and with a recruiter you trust.

What a life!

As a travel nurse, I am able to enjoy a very privileged lifestyle. But it also has its share of challenges and obstacles.  With my first assignment, I was so excited about visiting, living and working in San Francisco, CA but this first assignment was not without its draw backs and scary moments. I was pretty home sick on my first assignment and missed my friends and pets.  Also, the company put me in housing in a less than desirable area and I was not used to using public transportation.  I plan to use this blog to document some of my experiences which I’d like to share so that others who may be interested in working as a travel nurse can learn from them.