Archive for April, 2010

Travel nursing with pets – Getting there

Travel nursing with pets – Getting there

It is amazing how many travel nurses travel with their pets, but not really all that surprising, pets make great companions for travel nurses who may be in a new place on their own. Coming home to your loving dog or spending the night with a good book and your cat curled up at your […]

By April 30, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: Should I work at a facility on strike?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Should I work at a facility on strike?

An experienced traveler recently emailed asking about working at a facility on strike. In my book I have a section that covers strike work pretty extensively, but wanted to offer a few general facts that might be helpful if you decide to pursue this type of assignment. When you mention “strike work” to a travel […]

Design or Buy Your Own Nursing Wardrobe on the Road

Design or Buy Your Own Nursing Wardrobe on the Road

If any of the readers here were wondering where I’ve been the last couple of weeks, well let me just tell you. Maybe you’ve heard of this little contest that’s going on right now – and I hope you have, otherwise those two weeks have been wasted. The ‘Give It a Shot! Nurses Week T-shirt Challenge.’ has been my focus as of late and it’s the first contest of any sort that Medical Solutions and Fibers.com has ever hosted, so I’ve been working diligently on trying to get the word out to make it as big a success as possible. So far so good! As of today we have 78 entries and counting.

By April 26, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Find cool stuff to do during your next travel nursing job

Find cool stuff to do during your next travel nursing job

One of the coolest things about travel nursing is getting the chance to do new things in new cities. However since you may be new to the area and may not know anyone who can point you in the right direction, actually finding those exciting activities can be tough. Well not if you use this new […]

By April 23, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Check Out These Nurses Week Contests and Promotions

Check Out These Nurses Week Contests and Promotions

Nurses Week is still a couple of weeks away (May 6-12), but right now there are a couple of different contests and promotions going on out there celebrating it that are worth sharing. A couple are from travel nursing companies and the others are from other nursing related entities. Here are the links to them if […]

By April 21, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I negotiate to maximize my travel nurse contract?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I negotiate to maximize my travel nurse contract?

This week I wanted to take a look at how to get the most out of your travel contract. Now by “getting the most”, that does not always mean pay rate, but since that seems to be foremost on the minds of travelers, let’s look at that aspect first. When looking at your hourly rate, […]

Travel Nursing Checklist Item #18: Not getting the travel nursing job, now what?

Travel Nursing Checklist Item #18: Not getting the travel nursing job, now what?

So now you are discouraged, you have gone through all the work of working with your recruiter to get you an interview for the travel nursing job you want, you had a great interview and hit it off with the nurse manager interviewing you and you know you are qualified for the job, but you […]

By April 16, 2010 2 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: What things are included in the pay rate?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What things are included in the pay rate?

A recent question from a would-be traveler seemed easy enough to answer. She wondered, “How do you tell what things are included in the pay rate my travel company quotes me?”

My instant reaction was, “um, ask?” While that answer is essentially what I conveyed, her question does bring about an interesting point. When did a pay rate start to include more than what you are to be paid on an hourly basis? If that last sentence seems clear as mud, let me try to add some clarity.

Scrubadoo’s News: Where are My Dickies?

Scrubadoo’s News: Where are My Dickies?

You may find yourself asking just this if you purchased any Dickies Medical apparel over the last few weeks.  At least you won’t be alone.  For almost a month now thousands of people have been asking the same thing.  What’s going on?  A major shake-up in the Medical Uniform Industry is the cause of slow […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I set up my own travel nurse housing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I set up my own travel nurse housing?

Last week we discussed what the travel companies provide in the way of housing. However, there are some instances in which you will want to secure your own housing. There can be several reasons why you would want to secure your own assignment housing. The first, and one of the more common, is that you […]