Fastaff Travel Nursing
Location: Greenwood Village, CO
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Fastaff was my first travel agency two years ago. As a new traveler I was a bit unprepared for the amount of paperwork and documentation required. But everyone at Fastaff was very helpful and very patient. My recruiter has always taken my needs and desires into consideration for contracts, and they have been very forthcoming with information about some of the issues I might encounter and how to avoid them.
After two years of traveling I have particularly learned to appreciate the non-blended pay rates and the quality housing offered if I choose to take it. I usually don't need to because the per diem stipends are generous.
I particularly set out to gain specialized ICU experiences not available to me in my smaller hometown hospital. I have had no difficulties with obtaining many valuable ways to stretch and grow my skills and practice. Plus, in traveling I am learning to confront some of my own weaknesses in flexibility and adapting to variable management styles.
I am becoming the best possible nurse I can be and seeing the country while I do it. I could not imagine a better fit for my professional goals.
I have been traveling with Fastaff since 2013. Have had assignments in NY, Pa, Northern and Southern Ca, and Nv,.
My recruiter Rhieannon, has always tried to place me in the location that I wanted to be at. Housing is very important as my husband always travels with me. If there is a problem they have always taken care of it to my satisfaction,
In the past I have traveled with other agencies but Fastaff is now my exclusive agency. In the 4 yrs with Fastaff I have never had a payroll issue. They have always done what they have promised.
I enjoy the excitement of a new assignment and making new friends. Since we always drive to our assignments we get to see the many wonders the United States has to offer.
I would recommend Fastaff to any of my friends or any new travelers, because they always keep there word.
I have worked with Fastaff in the past and again in the fall of 2017. The housing has always been wonderful, the pay is fair, bonuses are paid as promised, airplane ticket paid for .I really wonder about the very negative reviews I am reading. I would work with Fastaff again anytime.
I am on my second assignment with Fastaff. I find this company to be professional and efficient. I was never promised bonuses except the $500 for working a holiday but got a $1000 for signing up for my first assignment and an additional $500 for working 3 holidays. The cost of acquiring my license was reimbursed as well as the cost of my checked luggages. They also took care of my airline ticket and will be flying me home after my assignment ends. They never limited the cost of travel. My paycheck was always deposited on time every Friday and never had issues. I had a very effective recruiter, John, who was promoted manager so I have been assigned to someone else. So far it has been satisfactory. I don't care for followup calls unless I have a problem. I like the hands off approach and being treated like a responsible adult. I've dealt with payroll on taxes issues and IT for portal issues and they have always fixed my problems quickly. I love the myfreece perk where they pay for my membership. I will be using it to renew my licenses. The health insurance is more than adequate for me and my husband and have a HSA to use for prescriptions. They are affiliated with Optum RX that saves a lot of money on medications plus they get mailed to us wherever we are. My assignment has been great. The hospital I work in is friendly to travelers and has a lot of overtime opportunities. I hope that Fastaff will broaden their assignment locations in the future. Please feel free to email me in LinkedIn if you have any questions. For nurses who want to work and get paid their worth, I highly recommend Fastaff.
LOVE MY RECRUITER ONLY COMPANY I WILL TRAVEL FOR.
I worked my first contract with this company in Beverly, MA in October 2016 and my wages were spot on, my bonuses were paid and my recruiter Rachel was great. I got my full holiday bonus that they talked about $500 per holiday that I was available (I didn't have to work) that was paid for me after my contract ended. My wages were never shorted and there was only a discrepancy if the hospital made one. The benefits were expensive $61/week for health. My recruiter Rachel always called me every week and made sure everything was going ok. They reimbursed me for my license and travel like they said they would. The only few problems that I ran into were: 1) they specialize in STAT nursing; which means they only have the hospitals that need nurses right now which limits how many choices and places you have; 2) they give you no leeway about missing a day; if you miss a day because you are sick not only are you out of the money you would've earned if you worked but they also take your housing out for that day as well; some agencies (like Onward Healthcare) allow you to bank any extra hours worked above your contracted hours and if you miss you won't get deducted; 3) most of your contracts are 48 hours per week; I found that if you don't have a good set schedule you could be sleeping most weeks instead of having quality time off. Housing was great they had us in the Towneplace Suites one town over; I was exactly what I needed. I didn't have to pay for cable or internet and like some travel agencies I didn't have a limit on my electricity (in which after $100 for both water and power I would have to pay the difference); I got free breakfast every morning (saves you money). It's all on how you make your experience and how much you pay attention to all the details. Everyone is not going to be pleased with every assignment or agency but if you do your homework ask where you will be staying before you sign and ask what hospital you will be working for and research them quickly you shouldn't run into any snags. The only reason I am not with them right now is they had limited ER jobs available with the licenses I had but as soon as this assignment is over I hope to be with them again. See my review for onward healthcare another great experience I had.
I've had great experiences with Fastaff, not sure where all the hatred is coming from with other people. My recruiter, Thampi, is always so helpful and amazing. They pay the most, and even though they don't have as many opportunities as some other companies, I would take Fastaff's assignments over anyone else's. The hospitals aren't the biggest and best but they are nice and the people have always been welcoming and friendly to me. The assignments are always close to a big city so there is plenty to do. My assignment now let me choose if I wanted 36 or 48 hours....I chose 48 because the OT is so good, but I still have plenty of free time to explore the fun things to do around here! The insurance is pretty expensive, that would be my only negative. I think there are pros and cons to every agency, but Fastaff has been pretty good to me.
Why do these women think we nurses less than human? Grandma ethel frumpy as all get out from ky with her yall this and yall that..woman pulease sit down and shut up! You are irrelevant. As for alisha who thinks she owns the company, you too my dear are disposable and replaceable. BELIEVE IT. They are in no way friendly,play favourites and if she just doesn't like you, you'll be blacklisted. Alisha exudes pure evil and should be replaced.karma is coming for you
They say the right words, they do outright pay the most. That is bacause they are in fact very expensive and are specialist in despirate need hospitals...AKA: HORRIBLE PLACES. You will make a lot of money working 48-60 hours a week at a high rate. But, they ultimately are useless if you have a problem. The attitude is; go there-shut up- make a bunch of money. If you dont care WHERE you go, and dont care about living and working conditions, then you will make a lot of money. Its not the job you keep. its the jhob you do if you HAVE to to pay something off. You will have no life whatsoever, and to keep employment will have to go places you never wanted to. in this day and age where agencies are literally EVERYWHERE, go find one that pays almost as much, with more choices, and cares a little.
signed up for six weeks with completion bonus. renewed additional six, then they were like no bonus-- you have to wait until the end. This is the job you want if you want to spend every week on the phone pissed off and complaining until they quit calling you. i broke contract.
look. they are a pimp/prostitute organization. they want to use you for the money. they will so screw you, and are utterly useless.you pretty much can go anywhere else, earn a little less, have hundreds more locations...... these people do not want to hear your problems. go to work, shut up.
I have to say I love Fastaff!! The pay is awesome. The only reason I travel is to make more money than I would on staff in Atlanta. Other companies have offered me ridiculously low rates, trying to sell me on their apartments. Who cares?? I have a home I need to pay for, pay me!! I don't mind staying in a hotel, I don't want to pay cable and internet while on the road so it works for me. I have completed 3 assignments with Fastaff and I can't imagine traveling with any other company.
I was reading the reviews and when Ranaldo's name was mentioned in a negative light I got angry. First and foremost he is the best Recuriter I've had in my 8 years of traveling. This is my third assignment with Fastaff and I've never been disappointed or taken advantage of. Ranaldo has always told me the truth about my intended assignment before I'm even submitted for any interview. He has always kept me inform from the time I'm submitted to the end of my contract. He calls me at regular intervals to check up on me. The contracts are written in simple words so we all can understand. Some persons want the world on a platinum platter and they get upset if they don't get it. Wake up people if you are on an assignment at a facility it will not be a bed of roses, since most places are short staffed. You have to make every assignment your own bed of roses. With your full time job it's not always the best, so why do you think that a travel assignment will be copacetic. I have had agencies offering me $1100/wk inclusive of my housing after taxes. So tell me don't you feel appreciated when Fastaff offers you in excess of $2000/wk after taxes for that same assignment. Majority of nurses who travel do it for the pay, so why do you think you will not have to work hard for it. Life is not an easy road so persons deal with it
IF YOU WANT THE CAVIAR LIFESTYLE STAY AT YOUR HOME AND DON'T TRAVEL.
I've had experience with several agencies, some much better and some much worse. Pay and housing subsidy are decent. Benefits are very expensive compared to others. My recruiter Shepard has been attentive and receptive to concerns. I appreciate that he keeps the communication line open. Main issues I've had is with Payroll making errors on my paychecks for a couple months. We put a double check process in place and no problems since then. I do wish they would seek out locations for us to travel to. I feel a bit limited to the list put out weekly, which is very short compared to other agencies. Other agencies I've worked with would beat the bushes for you to locations you wanted to go, to keep you with the agency. I've worked with a traveler who's been with this agency for many years and speaks highly of his overall experience.
I've done 4 contracts with Fastaff and have had an awesome experience. My recruiter Sheppard Johnson has been wonderful. From time to time little issues have come up and Shep gets it taken care of right away. I definitely plan to travel with them again.
Fastaff is a horrible company to work with. They CONSTANTLY LIE AND WILL STEAL YOUR WAGES. They were decent at one time but now it's all what they can get away with. The more money they can cheat you out of the better for them and the recruiter.THEY SUCK!!!!!!. Now the plan is to get people that have not worked with them before so they can divert their wages due to their newness to nursing and travel. The only people writing positive reviews are probably disguised Fastaff Recriters or Fastaff administration paid to go to this site write positive reviews.
Finishing up my first assignment with fastaff. My recruiter was great. They did everything quickly and efficiently to get me started working. I opted to find my own housing instead of staying in the extended stay. Airbnb people!! I personally think it's best to just find your own housing with any agency. You get what you want and you pocket more money in most cases. The only thing I didn't love was my 48 hours/week. But definitely the most money I could have gotten paid and it was worth it! Not trying to sound greedy. But they honestly are a good and fair agency.
I have travel with Fast Staff in the pass always had a GREAT experience, I am not sure what happened this strike November 2015 sympathy strike, I was told by the fast staff before travel I would be given $500.00 bonus for this strike because I did the pre induction for Kaiser truly mislead by the staff I did not received any bonus. I should have gotten it in writing (contract) my bad but I want get caught slipping next time. We were in California for 5 days not working because??? (prior to the strike start date) not sure why we had to show up so early this was a waste of my time and money. I am so disappointment in the This company not sure if I will travel with them in the future. 🙁
I am scratching my head at some of these reviews. I did the kaiser strikes and sympathy strike. NO problems. I got paid daily AND they told us it would be 2 weeks for balance to be paid. I also signed to stay on for CNA strike. I got the great daily pay and the balance as stated. I had no problems getting a hold of payroll - when I wanted to know the expected date of balance to be paid. Travel was not an issue - They knew I had to get back for the trial of my sons murderer. I was new to the strike work last year. But I had no problems talking or reaching anyone. I then did an assignment in California with fastaff in April and May. I had one glitch with payroll one time and they wired the money into my account the same day and terminated the person at fault as he had dropped the ball on a few nurses. my hotels were fine - some were pretty awesome. I had great roommates on strikes. I did hear one nurse complaining about bedbugs and was showing everyone - the only problem is - she had just arrived and there is no way she would've had that from the hotel - she just wanted to be at another hotel. I hate to say this - but she didn't look very clean and this was at the pre induction so we only flew in one day and had orientation the next day and flew back home the next. So she had only been at hotel for a few hours. Being from a state that we have a lot of bedbugs because of tourists and climates. I am very familiar with seeing these kind of cases in the ER. As far as the assignment goes - you are paid at a high rate to be at a hospital with critical needs. They are going to be busy. You will earn your check. I had a particular problem with one charge nurse and I called my recruiter Nick and he recorded every statement I made regarding her -in case it became a problem. They had my back. Any issues I had were handled immediately. Some of these posts about driving across country to a POTENTIAL job ?? WTH - why were you traveling without a signed contract ? By far the best company I have traveled with and the ONLY one I will do strikes with. Some of the demands made by some RNs were ridiculous. It clearly states that you must be flexible and willing to work any shift. Strike nursing is hard because of the lack of sleep. So if you can't put on your big girl or big boy underwear and work hard. Don't do it. The pay is high for a reason. You're going to earn your money !
I am writing this review because I believe the mean person writing everyone of these one star reviews is one and same and is unfair to this company. I have worked numerous assignments at different times over my 8 years of travel nursing with Fastaff and US Nursing. I have been treated very well each and every time. Helped throughout every assignment-- payroll does a great job and I could go on. Keith Aragon is the nicest person you could ever meet and work with. I have nothing but good things to say about everyone at this company. My suggestion to the negative reviews is you yourself needs to find your own help and job.
This is my first travel assignment. My recruiter Titus Thomas has been fabulous taking care of EVERY detail and checking on me regularly to make sure things are going ok. They are honest and have answered each and every question I asked. I feel very comfortable working with Fastaff and am looking forward to my next contract with them!!!
Bugs bugs bugs dirty bug ridden hotel room yes that's where they put me shame on Fastaff
I can't give them 0 stars which is a shame. When I signed up to do travel with these "People" my recruiter Ranoldo told me that I could get this specific job. He would call me twice a week sometimes more. I quit my job told him that I had a family and needed to have another job, and he assumed me that I would. When I came down to me moving across the country he stopped answering the phone or my emails. I tried to get ahold of him for 2 weeks and couldnt. I finally called the main number and after 3 days of them saying they were gonna call me back and didnt I finally talked to someone who said she would be my "new recruiter". She then told me there was no way that I could get the job I wanted, and that I actually couldn't get ANY job with them because I have only been a nurse for 18 months and they said I needed 2 years. So I quit my job, my full time nursing job to Nurse in CA because they told me I could only for them to tell me 3 days before I was supposed to leave to move across country and they told me they COULDNT GET ME A JOB! I have 2 small children and a husband. Luckily I had applied for a permanant job and got it, so I actually h ave a job, but I would NEVER work for these LIARS!
My extended stay is run by Abid and smells like week old curry. I'm the only English speaking person on the campus. My one towel and dish are from the dollar store and my bed feels like a slab of concrete. WTF Fastaff never again and I will be reporting all this on social media until someone moves me to standard housing
The management suck a donkey's ass. Why do people sell their souls to be exploited? I can't wait for us nursing to go under. The days is coming thieves liars and rudeness have no place it CA
To those wanting a company that is there for you at anytime and there response time is immediate. THEN JOIN THIS COMPANY! Taylor Dilley is my recruiter she has been the most incredible recruiter I've ever had. She has always had my back since day one. Travel nursing is not the easiest thing to do, pick up and drive across country and start working. But my time since joining FASTAFF has been a blessing. I want to give another praise to TAYLOR DILLEY for her incredible service, please never leave while I'm doing travel nursing.
totally unprofessional leadership. Dare to question them or complain and you are fired. They treat nurse like factory workers not professionals. Management sucks
To all nurses who want to travel this is not the company beware they are liars.
Worst company ever. They are liars and provide no support to their nurses. If your into travel nursing be warned--this is not the company you want to work for. Your "recruiter" will be very nice at first, then inaccessible, and then down-right threatening if you dare to question their shabby practices.
Horrible company..I just received a letter stating that I am no longer eligible to work for Fastaff or US nursing. You see, they booked me to work in Buffalo NY and guaranteed the facility without me even signing a contract. I had just completed an assignment at this facility and it was horrible!! Everyday , I had to work hard to make sure that I didn't lose my license. The facility scheduled me four nights in a row with one day off in between every week except one. And when I called my recruiter, he said oh well. And one night I felt ill, my recruiter told me that my assignment would be cancelled if I didn't go in. They absolutely do not care about there nurses. Nurses BEWARE!!
Getting old quickly!!!!! Pay your nurses and stop the crap