Your next assignment starts here. Search jobs now!
By July 17, 2015 3 Comments

Ask a Travel Nurse: Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

Hi! I am possibly going to be starting a contract at a hospital that I’ve heard has cancelled contracts — including one of yours, from what I’ve read. Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled? What happened?

Thanks for sharing your experience!

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

The two contract cancellations I have endured (over two decades of traveling) were simply due to personality differences. Someone with the power to cancel my contract saw that it happened.

On my second canceled contract, they attempted to do it for cause, saying that I administered a med without a doctor’s order. This was because I gave an amp of D50 to a patient with a blood sugar of 63 before taking them to CT scan (I believe their protocol stated that an amp could be given for a blood sugar less than 60).

So, in this instance I went in to the hospital, on my day off, found the resident that was there that night and got the order from him after the fact, and placed it on the chart (he recalled the night as it was a fairly critical patient and we both worked hard to stabilize them … a lot of thanks it got me!

After the order was on the chart I called my company and said there shouldn’t be an issue. Then, the hospital’s stance changed from “having grounds” to “well, we just didn’t feel that David likes it here.” My response was that if I hated it so much, then why had I worked 60 hours the week prior? They, of course, had no answerbut still wanted to dissolve my contract.

The other cancelled contract, now that was purely a situation where the person who ran the unit did not like me. I have NO idea why, but they used my charting as the reason for termination. They said that I was not charting hourly, and took my flowsheet and Xeroxed it one night when I had a busy patient. They showed me a flowsheet with only my first assessment and two sets of vitals (that was Xeroxed at midnight). I then went to the chart and got the completed flowsheet which showed ALL of my charting the whole night (without any missing info). You would have thought that no one there had ever had a critical patient where you had to back-chart information. This one really astounded me, but then again, it wasn’t about making any logical sense; it was about wanting me gone for some reason.

In both instances, my travel company saw through the politics of the situation and had no issue working with me again.

I do believe I heard that this person at the second facility I mentioned did the same thing with several other Travelers and was eventually fired (but certainly not anything I can confirm). I don’t recall the hospital being a bad place to work, but the unit did seem kind of “cliquey” with the core staff assigned to patients on one end of the unit and  Travelers and agency on the other end.

I’m not saying it is a bad place to work, I obviously did not have the best experience, but the person creating the issue seems to be gone.

I did like the location and after my termination there, literally within one week, I had an assignment nearby at UCLA: Santa Monica campus, where I stayed for more than a year.

As with any assignment, get an early reputation of being “that helpful new Traveler” and try to lend a h and to anyone you can the first few weeks. Kill ’em with kindness and you’ll win over friends. There will always be troublemakers wherever you go. Sometimes you need to just do your job and fly low on the radar.

If you travel long enough, you will likely encounter a difficult contract. Stay in touch with your recruiter and use them as your resource within the company to try to deal with the hospital.

Bottom line, you should be okay, but have a conversation with the unit director about any concerns. Don’t be afraid to ask how accepting they are of Travelers.

Hope this helps.


About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

3 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled?"

Trackback | Comments RSS Feed

  1. I have read this blog your content is out of the funnel.
    It contains many important information for me about cancellation of nursing contract. Its true due to usability a user can learn what your website is about and make use of it.

    Please keep sharing such information with us.

  2. Ethel


    How do you handle your in come tax regarding stipends. Do you keep receipts of everything. Do you have to justify every penny or is a “stipend” something that is given and not a burden to prove you used the money in a certain way?

  3. David says:

    Hey Ethel. With the new tax laws hitting us this year, I think it may cause some disruptions in the way travel nurses accept assignments.

    Obviously, keeping receipts for everything assignment related will never be a bad idea. But the new laws, especially for those who itemize on their returns, could have an impact.

    While some of the rules governing the new laws are still being ironed out, here is a good article posted on Pan Travelers regarding the new laws:

    While this mentions that stipends may not be affected much, the new laws are enough that at least for this year, it might be worth while to consult a tax adviser familiar with all the intricacies of travel nursing.

    Joseph Smith has always been the person to whom I defer on all things tax. He runs the website and I think he may see quite an uptick in the number of travel nurses asking him for assistance in 2019. Joseph is well known in the travel community and well versed in the tax laws pertaining to traveling healthcare professionals.

    For now, it appears as if travel stipends will remain untouched, but for anyone traveling through 2018, I would continue to keep accurate records (including receipts) and read anything you can on how the new laws may affect those of us who travel.

    Another great article addressing these new laws can be found here:

    I hope this helps.

    David Morrison

Post a Comment