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Susan D. in West Warwick, Rhode Island

88 months ago

Well, in order for agencies (and hospitals) to accept you as a healthcare traveler, you need to have solid skills with more than 1 year experience (as a minimum.. for example, I have 12 years exp in adult critical care, ER, trauma), excellent professional references, and interview well by telephone. CRT's can get work however most hospitals prefer RRT's when recruiting respiratory therapists.

Sarah.. I'm assuming here you are a Respiratory Therapist credentialed by the National Board For Respiratory Care? As travel therapists/contractors, we provide exactly the same services as any therapist in any provider location. We are merely temporary employees.. if you will. We do NOT work for the hospitals we are contracted to, but instead are employed by agencies who mediate the contracting process. Most contracts are generally 13 weeks but some may be as short as 2 weeks and I've seen 26 week contracts offered also. We are there to fill a need whether it be for vacation coverage, a staff shortage, to fill in for someone on medical leave, or if you really want to be bold, as a strike breaker, if you are available and willing when they occur. (which pays exceptionally well)

In order to survive as a traveler, you have to be quick to adapt, be able to blend in seamlessly with the full time staff, and open to new and sometimes really odd ways of doing your job. You have to be extremely dependable and committed to completing any contracts that you accept, whether you find yourself in a 'hospital from hell' or a very nice facility. Walking out on a contract is very damaging to a healthcare travel career.

The upside to all this? The opportunity to work all over the country, allowing time to really see and explore an area, living in great housing, and seeing how other hospitals 'do it'. Time off? Well you only get that BETWEEN jobs but you can take off as long as you wish, whether its a few weeks or a few months.

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Susan D. in West Warwick, Rhode Island

85 months ago

Honestly, I like Aureus and thats who I currently work for, but they don't pay for a rental car or have at least never been willing to do so that I know of, so yeah, if you don't take your car it would cut into your pay. They do pay for your milege to and from your assignment, and the rate is quite decent. What I like about Aureus is that since I travel with a family, I need a much bigger place to live and they always provide and pay for all of it, which many companies won't do, and instead try to charge me for excess rent, extra furniture rental, and only pay a portion of utilities. Aureus has NEVER done this to me.

If you don't want to drive your own car and you want a rental car paid for, then try Maxim or Soliant because I know other RT travelers that they always do this for. Me? Well with my kids I would rather have my own vehicle there and not stuck with some compact rental.

Oh, and I do like their health insurance although its a bit pricey for my family coverage.. if your going solo, yours should be pretty cheap.

Gotta love their rewards program too! Points for hours worked redeemable for all kinds of neat stuff and gift certs for airline tickets, gas, and alot of stores like Gap, BestBuy, Walmart, Target and so forth.

Housing (Aurhomes) is awesome too.. always nothing but the best locations and amenities. Funny, sort of, but on my next contract I'm going to a city where my oldest daughter lives and I requested a place near her (a safe & decent, but 'gasp' working class area) and they are hesitant, but willing.. they would rather have me in the nicest (i.e. most expensive) area in town. I can't complain, they really try to make sure everything is perfect.

Good luck with your first contract!

Susan

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

81 months ago

Absolutely! I travel with my school age children. I see from your post that you are posting Tennessee (my home state too). I home educate my children through a church related school and submit their grades online. Check with the HLDA regarding laws pertaining to home education of children. I also discussed my situation with an attorney before I started traveling. Since it would be quite difficult to keep up and comply with the laws in each state we travel to, and we are legal TN residents we abide by the TN laws.

If you have any more questions, just let me know. Traveling with children certainly adds a twist to things, but with a little planning, it has worked well for us and my kids get to see and do things that most children don't get the opportunity to experience.

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wu in Dyer, Tennessee

81 months ago

Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky said: Absolutely! I travel with my school age children. I see from your post that you are posting Tennessee (my home state too). I home educate my children through a church related school and submit their grades online. Check with the HLDA regarding laws pertaining to home education of children. I also discussed my situation with an attorney before I started traveling. Since it would be quite difficult to keep up and comply with the laws in each state we travel to, and we are legal TN residents we abide by the TN laws.

If you have any more questions, just let me know. Traveling with children certainly adds a twist to things, but with a little planning, it has worked well for us and my kids get to see and do things that most children don't get the opportunity to experience.

how do you structure your schedule for work? Do most places just schedule you certain days or can you self schedule when you travel? sorry to ask so many question, never traveled before. Really wanting to look into it.

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

81 months ago

Well, as with any hospital.. you work when they need you, but some larger hospitals with lots of open positions will allow you to choose your own schedule (like where I am at now). I personally prefer 12 hour night shift contracts, but if I really like the facility, I might consider taking a contract which requires 8 hour shifts.

If you don't like what they are offering, then don't accept. There are plenty of contracts available for days or nights and hundreds of staffing agencies out there so there is bound to be something that fits your individual needs.

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K.B. in Phoenix, Arizona

81 months ago

Catalina in Houston, Texas said: Has anyone ever worked for PRCS? I have been speaking to a recruiter and am kinda hesitant to sign on. This will be my first travel assignment either to Tucson or Hawaii. Any suggestions or comments about the agency and/or the cities...? Any details would help
Thanks,
-Catalina

I work full time here in the Phoenix Metro Area. Every year during the busy season, usally December to May, we get alot travelers from PRCS. Because of this I get the opportunity to ask what travel companies are good and which ones are bad. I would say, with a rough estimate, that 95% of the travelers I talk to say they are very pleased with PRCS.
However, keep in mind PRCS's primary focus is the Arizona market. As result if you are going to travel in AZ I would try PRCS first because there is no travel company out there that understands the Arizona RT market better than PRCS.
A little history about PRCS is that the company was started in 1981 by a couple of RTs here in the Phoenix area. Thus their main headquarters is in Phoenix. They have in recent years branched into the Las Vegas market, and they claim they get travel assignments nationwide. However, from what I have been hearing from travelers is that the Lion's share of assignments coming from PRCS are still in the AZ and Vegas area. In fact, (I do not know the reasoning behind their decision) PRCS a few years back had broken into the California market, and then decided to get out of the Cali market.
I personally have been trying to find a travel company that specializes in the California RT market. I think because California is a complicated market that a RT traveler would benifit most by going with a company that specializes in the California scene similar to the way PRCS specializes to the AZ scene.
P.S. Catalina I noticed you are from Houston. What is the Houston market like. My Dad keeps bugging me to move out to Houston because he lives there.

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sue in Clackamas, Oregon

80 months ago

Susan D. in West Warwick, Rhode Island said: I'm still guessing that your friend who was offered $26/hour is not adding in housing, perdiem, insurance, and travel payments and that this is just the 'hourly rate'-- not the whole pay package, which must be evaluated to decide if a travel contract pays enough.

I'm sure I posted a reply on here somewhere on how to calculate your complete compensation package and break it down into an hourly rate which includes all variables for comparison.


I am trying to find this can you help. I am trying to decide on contracts and dont know whats best a lower wage and more tax free money

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

80 months ago

Sue,

While the tax free income is nice, remember that the tax free portion of your income will not show up on your w-2's (won't count in applying for mortgages, and some other big ticket loans which require proof of income.) Also, the IRS is quite adept at detecting what is basically income tax evasion when an hourly pay rate is way below the area standard. I knew a traveler who took most of his income tax free and had his hourly rate at around $6/hour, even though he brought home about what I did. I sure wouldn't work any overtime if I were him and would be praying not to get audited.

The tax free money that the IRS allows is to OFFSET part of the expense of working away from home... like the 2nd place to stay. To qualify for tax free housing, you must have a permanent residence (regular mortgage or rent etc.) which is NOT rented out (available for your use at any time)

Some agencies really push the rules on what they call 'tax advantage plans'. I personally would never work for some of those agencies.

I recommend making sure your hourly rate is comparable to what the area average is. Then I would go to www.gsa.gov and see what the government allows as far as housing & perdiems for the area you are going to work in. The maximums listed is what can be paid out by your agency on your behalf without them having to show reciepts and also makes for a good negotiating point if you opt to find your own housing and take a stipend instead (tax free if you qualify).

If you need further explanation just let me know and I will try to help you.

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Nicky Alanis in Pleasanton, California

79 months ago

I don't like what my company is offering and i was sent a Professional service agreement that stated Verbally accepted opportunities shall be binding upon me.I said yes before i saw what was offered in writting. Do i have any room to negotiate?

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Stacey in Sherman Oaks, California

79 months ago

You absolutely have room to negotiate. hat company are you through? Being in Pleasanton I assume they are putting you in Nor. Cal. emember that there are really no respiratory school in nor cal and the ball is very much in your court. I would say that 40% of all opportunities I'm presented with are up there.

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

79 months ago

Nicky,

You may have heard the saying "It aint over til the fat lady sings" and trust me, 'it aint over'.

You have every right to negotiate with them and their statement about all verbals being binding.. well its a pipe dream of that agency. You tentatively accepted an offer in good faith before they presented the real offer to you, which you now find unnacceptable. If you don't like what they are offering, then by all means, don't accept (sign) it.

Yes, you may piss off that agency and they might choose not to work with you, however, if they are in the habit of promising then not delivering in writing, then you probably wouldn't want to deal with them anyway.

Good luck! Stick to your guns and don't let them bait and switch you on contract terms.

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Tonya in Prescott Valley, Arizona

79 months ago

Not to be too intrusive but I am a recruiter, have been for years and I can tell you that a verbal is just that. What would they do with you if you were half way there and the hospital called and cancelled the contract? You MUST get everything in writing and make sure you understand what you are signing. It is good you are all chatting here and another good site is on delphi forums, the tnt recruiting board. The nurses there have a lot of experience and you will learn a lot in how to protect yourself.!!
Tonya Beauchamp
Director of Recruitment
Gemini Medical Staffing, LLC
866-296-8164
tonya@geminimedstaff.com
www.geminimedstaff.com

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yong ko in Paragould, Arkansas

79 months ago

i been looking for a good agencys but i realy dont know what to look for... i've never travel for this job bf but wanting to see other places and meet new ppl be and get out of this little town.. so what should i look for in a good agencys.. and what should ask

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

79 months ago

Yong Ko,

Please read some of the earlier posts on this same thread. About 10 months ago I posted a list of questions to ask prospective agencies and some other info when I was still on a contract in Rhode Island.

In my opinion, a good agency is one that has a good reputation, backs up what they promise in writing, and meets your own personal needs, whatever that may be. What may be a great agency for one person might not be a good fit for another.

Do you personally know any other RT's who travel? If you do, then they might be helpful for you. I know its difficult, but try to decide what is most important to you.. working in a particular location, day or night shifts, 12 hour shifts etc. Will you be traveling solo or bringing children, a pet, or a significant other? Will you need the standard 1 bedroom apartment or something larger? Do you need medical insurance-- and do you need it to be in effect from day 1 or can you slide by until the first day of the month following a contract start? Do you want to drive your own vehicle there or would you rather fly and have them arrange for a rental car? Do you prefer larger teaching facilities or smaller community hospitals? In order to negotiate a contract that suits YOU, decide whats most important and then start contacting agencies. Talk to them and see what they have available and can offer you, then make a choice based on your needs and skill set.

Other factors to consider are income taxes. Any seasoned traveler can tell you that taxes can become a little complicated, so it would be to your benefit to speak to a reliable tax professional before you start so you have an idea of what you would be dealing with. Some so-called 'tax advantage pay plans' can get you into hot water with the IRS so be careful, but they certainly aren't all bad.

Read the past posts on this thread and I'm sure you will find alot of the information you are looking for.

Good luck to you. I'm happy to answer more ?.

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Liza in Houston, Texas

79 months ago

My question is for Susan. Hi, I am in my second year of Respiratory school and have two small children that are not quite school age yet. My question to you is how is it done with school age kids? Do you feel like your kids adapt well with each new assignment. I understand what you are saying about your kids getting to do/see many things most kids do not get to see/do. I just wonder/worry about adjustment and finding daycare you can trust when you do go to different assignments? I am a single mom, btw, so if I did traveling it would just be me and my two kids. Just curious how that aspect works out. Other than that traveling sounds like a fun thing to do.

liza

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K.B. in Phoenix, Arizona

79 months ago

I was wondering if anyone that is in the San Francisco area know if the travel oppurtinities are still going strong in that area.

I know there has been alot of recommendations floating out there, but I can tell you from experience it depends what area of the country you are traveling. For example if you want to go to Arizona or Nevada then you would want to go with PRCS because they have that scene locked up. If you want to go to northern California then you would want to go with Per Diem Staffing because again they control that market. Club Staffing seems to have alot influence in Florida and by the way they are based in Florida. Aureus Medical seems to deal primarily with central and eastern American. At one point I wanted to deal with Aureus Medical because I heard alot of good things about them but I gave up on them because they never seemed to have anything in California.
If you are looking for a travel company that is a Jack of all the travel scenes but master of none then I would go with Cross Country. I would steer away from CompHealth because I have heard too many travelers say that have gotten screwed by those guys.
Despite what anyone tells you in this forum your best bet is finding out what travel company has a foot hold in that particular area and going with them.

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

79 months ago

Liza (I've got several replies for you) Good childcare is a major concern of a single traveling parent, obviously. Some agencies will attempt to help you find someone at your new contract, other companies won't due to fears that they could be held liable if the childcare turned out to be unacceptable. I don't ask my agency to help me find anyone.

Here is a list of places I look and ask for childcare referrals:
Children and Family Services (or whatever its called in the state I'm going to), the manager of the department that I will be working in (who usually puts me in contact with future co-workers with children), HR at that hospital (sometimes they will give you the hospital discount or allow you to use their daycare, if they have one for employees), www.sittercity.com, www.mamasource.com, by answering and posting ads on the local craigslist for the area that I'm going to. Believe it or not, some of my best sitters I've found through craigslist, churches in the area I will be in, just about anywhere I can think of to be honest.

I will email and talk on the phone extensively to prospective sitters, finding out their qualifications, what they charge and if they are available for the times and hours that I will need them. I then select 5 or so prospective sitters to interview in person as soon as I arrive in the area.

The ones that I choose to interview, I let know that I require their permission and information to run a background check and yes, I run one on each one of them (at my expense). The wellbeing of my children are very much worth it to me.

So finally, we arrive in a new area, I've got all the background check information and meet in person with the selected caregivers then choose a primary and then another one for backup. It takes planning but it is doable. Single parent travelers are a minority but our numbers are increasing.

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

79 months ago

To Liza,

I feel that my children adapt very well to a mobile lifestyle. I do tend to take longer assignments, 20 or 26 weeks instead of the typical 13 week one) and have extended at times. When we started, of course there was no real way of knowing how well it would work for us, so we simply agreed to try it with my promise that if they didn't feel comfortable that I would take a permanent job and we would not travel. We have been traveling since May 2006, and they are still as enthusiastic about it as they were from the first day we got to my very first contract.

My children do not attend the local schools but instead are home educated and enrolled in a private school which is located in our home state. They always manage to make plenty of friends no matter where we are. We do tend to travel to the same geographic areas and they are always excited to be able to reunite with friends from past contracts. They do keep in touch by phone, snail mail, and email, with friends they have made during our adventures. My children make friends in the apartments where we live, at church, and I also set up play dates with similar aged children of co-workers. My daughter stays active in dance lessons and my son is in scouting.

Just as a side note, we do keep a scrapbook, highlighting each location we travel to and all the things we see and do. This scrapbook is set up as sort of a bio of their life and begins with pages on family. They really enjoy going back through the pages, seeing where all we have been. I know they will really cherish that book when they are older also.

I also ask my children about places that they might like to see and experience, so yes, any contract I take is a group decision and they know that if they say they don't want to go somewhere, then I won't accept a contract there, but that has not happened yet. Their first request was to go to Alaska so that they could see Denali and beluga whales. We've seen belugas but not AK yet!

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

79 months ago

To Liza (more on childcare),

More creative options on finding childcare include hiring someone who is single and in your local area and having them travel WITH you and your children as an au pair. College students who are taking a break are sometimes available to do this.. who wouldn't want to have free room/board and a small salary to spend the summer at the beach, etc.? I've also had offers from friends who are fellow travelers to travel together, work different shifts, share housing, etc. in exchange for them watching the kids while I work. This works expecially well if you prefer opposite shifts (days/nights)and go to a larger hospital that has multiple travel contracts available.

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Liza in Houston, Texas

79 months ago

Thank you so much for responding, your info was very helpful.

liza

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Ketra in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

78 months ago

I'm glad to have a forum such as this one...
I am a 19 year old female looking to attend a two year college and receive an AAS in Respiratory Therapy (Associate of Applied Science). The other thing is that I was considering becoming a traveling respiratory therapist, but no one in my area (that I know of) can offer first hand insight. Being that I have no family of my own yet, this is a career choice that I am very serious about. Something that I HONESTLY want to know is "Is this really a good career choice?" I've enjoyed reading everyones comments and this question may seem a bit repetitive, but it's something that I really want to know. My other questions are "How much does a traveling respiratory therapist make," because I could only find information on a "stable" resp therapist in my area makes and according to salary.com they make roughly between $48,000-$55,000 a year. Which I deem as pretty good with an Associates Degree. My other questions were as far as traveling, do you pay the upfront traveling cost <including rental car, food and gas> and are later reimbursed or does the agency take care of that right then? (Including as far as if you choose to fly, who will pay for it) And my last question is about the agencies. Is it true about you being contracted for 12 hour shifts and for 8 of those 12 hours you receive the normal payrate but for the last 4 hours you receive "double overtime?" or is that just a hoax? I think thats my last question and I thank you all in advance for your replies.

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yazee in Ballwin, Missouri

78 months ago

Hi, Just wanted to know what is pay range for RRT in California with 10+ years of experience for travel RT without adding up the benefits for travel agencies.

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ralph in Oregon City, Oregon

78 months ago

I am trying to find informatipn on local contracts how does that work when you live 10 minutes from a job to take a contract. I was thinking same money just have to pay taxes on all. Any comments or tips much appreciated

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

78 months ago

ralph in Oregon City, Oregon said: I am trying to find informatipn on local contracts how does that work when you live 10 minutes from a job to take a contract. I was thinking same money just have to pay taxes on all. Any comments or tips much appreciated

Friends of mine that have worked local contracts typically agree to work at a facility with a guaranteed regular work schedule for a set number of weeks and receive the agency per diem rate for that area. The per hour pay rates are generally higher but of course no housing, travel, or anything like that is included and all of your earnings will be taxed.

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Student CRT in Houston, Texas

78 months ago

I am currently organizing a seminar at a 4 yr college in Houston, Tx that offers B.sc in RT and the theme of the seminar is "Travel RT" and i'm looking for a volunteer from any agency that can be the keynote speaker and talk to the RT students about a position as a Travel RT and what it entails. Does anybody have an idea of anybody that will be willing to be the spaeker.

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Vern in Newport News, Virginia

78 months ago

I have noticed that there are fewer travel assignments available as compared to a couple of years ago. I have been traveling for three and half years now and have several licenses. Wanted to know if anyone else has noticed this trend, or if the national economy will cause a hospitals to cut back?

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

78 months ago

What I've noticed is that as there are more and more agencies wanting in on the game (who place travelers), competition for the job listings amongst agencies is pretty fierce, so they are fairly tight-lipped about which hospitals they do business with and rarely advertise most of the contracts that are available. What I find is that as long as you remain flexible about location, hours, etc., there is plenty of work available. The need for qualified RT's certainly hasn't diminished, but it does seem that what is hot right now are NICU/PICU specialists.

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

78 months ago

You would have to catch one of us who is available.. (between contracts) and I can't imagine that anyone would volunteer without some sort of arrangements to cover their time, travel, & hotel expenses. Maybe you should contact some agencies directly. Of course that won't get you an RT traveler but someone in sales/recruiting who markets us to facilities. Very few of us know what we are going to be doing 3-6 months from now.

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Tonya in Prescott Valley, Arizona

78 months ago

Travel RT's can make anywhere in the range of $22 - $28 per hour, housing, travel, car and per diem. Each state does differ a little but not too much for travel techs.

Tonya Beauchamp
Director of Recruitment
Gemini Medical Staffing, LLC

tonya@geminimedstaff.com
www.geminimedstaff.com

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CiCiR in Albemarle, North Carolina

77 months ago

I'm in my mid 20's and I'm single, no kids, etc. I have been a therapist at a small community hospital for 3 years. I'm an RRT and I only have my North Carolina's license as of now. Its time for me to move on and I'm thinking of becoming a travel therapist to see the country for now and to determine where I want to lay down permanent roots in the future-should I decide to do so.

I was just wondering about any good companies to sign up with. And is there a lot of paperwork in the process of moving? Any helpful hints would be appreciated though, since I'm new to all of this.

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

77 months ago

CiCiR,

There are many good companies out there, some not so good, and even some have had bad experiences with so-called good companies. Confusing? Absolutely it is. You just have to find a company that is a good fit for you, in terms of what you need as well as what they can offer you AND having a recruiter/account manager that you like, trust, and can deal with.

Do you need day 1 insurance? Do you need to be paid weekly or is every 2 okay with you? Do you want a company that will pay for your licensing up front or are you able to take care of your own licensing?

Personally, I like being paid weekly, and I want my travel paid BOTH TO and FROM an assignment. When I first started to travel I went with a company who would pay for and process all my licenses up front... these days thats not an issue for me as I have many licenses in states I enjoy traveling to.

Contact a handful of agencies and talk to them.. see what contracts they have available and what they offer you. Also, there is nothing wrong with registering to work for multiple companies, to make sure you can find a contract in a location you are willing to go when able to go. Timing is everything. I've been wanting to go to Alaska for a while now, and there are normally contracts available there, but never seem to be any when I'm available... I will get there one day.

As to your question about "lots of paperwork in the process of moving". I really don't understand at all what you are asking. You aren't moving. You're taking a temporary assignment away from your home. Sure you need to have someone take care of your mail for you, or pay a service to handle that. If you go to a new agency, obviously there will be pre-employment paperwork (I-9's, W-4's, insurance or 401k enrollment and tada.. the signing of your contract acceptance) and last but not least, you must be licensed in every state that you work in, unless you happen to get a contract at a VA facility or with IHS.

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CiCiR in Albemarle, North Carolina

77 months ago

Okay, thank you Susan D. As far as paperwork is concerned, I was wondering about just what you described. I was wondering if we filled it out for our company[ies] or if it was at each hospital. You answered my question anyway and so much more. Thanks a lot.

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

77 months ago

In addition to Aureus, which is who I work for, Other good agencies to talk to might be Soliant, Maxim, Titan, Resources On Call, Onward Healthcare, Favorite Staffing, Intellistaf/MSN (Medical Staffing Network). Yes, I've heard that some have had bad experiences with CompHealth, but you know, I took a couple of contracts with them and they treated me VERY well. Just know that they only pay every 2 weeks and only pay travel to but not from an assignment. They have, in my opinion, the best licensure assistance department in the industry, so if you dont have many state licenses it might actually be a good place to start. Incidentally, most RT travelers that I talk to.. and I've experienced this myself, any offers from American Traveler.. let's just say the pay they offered RT's was ridiculously low, but they do seem to have lots of contracts.

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Jason in Austin, Texas

75 months ago

Hey guys and gals, I have been traveling now for over 3 years. Being single, wanting experience in every setting possible and living in different locations to scratch my traveling itch all make the traveling life amazingly fulfilling, professionally and personally. However, through my own experiences and talking with other travelers, one thing became very clear: the current set-up of the industry is very slanted towards the companies benefit, at the expense of your informed choices. We really do not have a good way of knowing what situation we are going in to, unless we have had a friend work at the facility, or its close to home. I, literally, drove across the country with the *hope* that my assignment was going to be exactly what my company and my 10 minute interview with the facility had alluded to.

So, I have started a website, solely for traveling therapists (PT, OT and SLP), which will hopefully right the ship, and tilt the information in our favor. It aims to provide details and rankings on companies, recruiters, facilities, etc. so that if you are in Florida and wanting to travel to Seattle, you can check out previous therapists rankings of the area, the job, the leadership... all the way down to the specifics of the benefits of the various companies that can place you there.

So, if you are a traveler, or are wanting to travel professionally, please come by www.medtravelerclub.com/

The site is growing, and therefore, the accumulated knowledge in this very rewarding part of PT is as well. Join us in sharing your knowledge and experiences from your past travel assignments, and use the "collective" to make a better choice for your next one.

Thanks,

Jason

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Jason in Austin, Texas

75 months ago

To answer a few of your questions: The site is heavily slanted towards PT/OT, but since we all use mainly the same travel companies, it applies to RT, Med Tech, even locum tenens MD's. Certainly, RT leadership would be separate from PT/OT leadership in most cases, but you would still be able to glean much information about the job environment and definitely about the travel companies.

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Sare in Rocky River, Ohio

75 months ago

Just wanted to throw out a THANK YOU to all the folks that have posted helpful information on this thread. There are 3 RRT's here looking to get into traveling since we're single with no kids. I may be back with questions and hopefully some of you folks still revisit this site to provide answers.

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Jason in Austin, Texas

74 months ago

Sare in Rocky River, Ohio said: Just wanted to throw out a THANK YOU to all the folks that have posted helpful information on this thread. There are 3 RRT's here looking to get into traveling since we're single with no kids. I may be back with questions and hopefully some of you folks still revisit this site to provide answers.

Waiting on the questions...

Hope all 3 of you join up at www.MedTravelerClub.com, as many standard questions about the traveling gig are answered there.

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

74 months ago

Okay, I know some people have asked about agencies.. which ones are good, which ones not so good. I also told someone that I would not be upset about not getting a contract with Club Staffing. I have NEVER heard anything good about them from other travelers. A few days ago I spoke with a friend of mine who travels like I do... but she hasn't been traveling very long. She told me she had just started a new contract and absolutely hated it. So I asked her if it was the facility she didn't like or the agency and where she was at, which agency she signed with, etc. and she gave me all the dirty details. The facility is some backwoods place, where to be nice, let's just say that AARC guidelines aren't followed. She is seriously concerned about the quality of care here. OK, many of us seasoned travelers have been there. Some places you love and some you don't. I told her that if the facility was that bad, then why didn't she just walk? You can usually bail on a horrible contract within the first 30 days without too much of an issue. Unfortunately, this poor gal who is a wonderful RT, signed a contract with Club Staffing (YIKES!) They had her sign her own lease on the apartment!?! I personally would have walked away on the spot without signing. Worse yet, they are deducting the cost of the deposit for the apartment OUT OF HER PAY! The most I have ever signed for a leasing agent was a form saying that I was aware of and agreed to follow stated rules of that particular complex.. such as no noise late at night, etc... just general stuff.

If any of you other travelers out there have anything good to say about Club Staffing, or could offer an explanation of the lease/deposit thing, I would love to hear it.

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

74 months ago

For anyone who is looking to travel and has a Montana license in hand... Kelly is a great person and Triage is a wonderful agency. I don't normally do this but I'm posting a job notice I got a few hours ago as I don't personally know anyone licensed there who is available....

Hi Susan,

I've included you in a mass email (sorry) with the hope that you can help us find a RRT, Montana licensed Respiratory Therapist avail ASAP for a contract job!

This is a day position, 3 12's, running thru mid May...........approx 18 weeks or so in length.

Again, must be RRT, avail pretty quick, and have Montana license.

Help???

Kelly Murphy
Triage Staffing,
kelly@triagestaff.

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Jason in Austin, Texas

74 months ago

Hey Susan, I hope that you send your friend over to our site, as it is stories just like that, that the rest of us traveling therapists need to know. It is a perfect format, with rankings, ratings and comments all done by therapists about the companies and facilities, that is compiled and displayed for all current and future therapists to view. It basically a way to hold the companies accountable for being honest, truthful and respectful of the therapists, as well as paying us what we are worth.

My hope is that ALL traveling therapists join up and give and use these ratings and comments, that way we will all know BEFOREHAND what we are getting ourselves in to.

www.medtravelerclub.com/

This site was created by, run by and intended for traveling therapists only. And, its totally free. Its just open information that needs to be out there and hasn't been up until now.

Hope to see all of you guys join up...

Jason

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sue in Portland, Oregon

74 months ago

i am having a hard time finding a contact number for kelly can someone help

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

74 months ago

800 Kelly Murphy: indeed wouldn't 259 let me 9897 post the number ext 201. Hopefully you can fig this out.

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TN blogger in Boca Raton, Florida

74 months ago

Jason in Austin, Texas said: Waiting on the questions...

Hope all 3 of you join up at www.MedTravelerClub.com , as many standard questions about the traveling gig are answered there.

Hi Jason - how do you get agencies listed on the database page? Are thos epaid ads to oyur site?

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Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky

74 months ago

Okie dokie.. I joined :D

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Jason in Austin, Texas

74 months ago

TN blogger in Boca Raton, Florida said: Hi Jason - how do you get agencies listed on the database page? Are thos epaid ads to oyur site?

You can email the administrator at: admin@medtravelerclub.com

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Jason in Austin, Texas

74 months ago

Susan D. in Louisville, Kentucky said: Okie dokie.. I joined :D

Thanks for joining up! I hope that you are able to find some helpful bits and that as the site grows, more can be gleaned from it. Obviously, any ratings and comments you guys can give to help the rest of us travelers will be greatly appreciated!!

Cheers!

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Bridget in Houston, Texas

74 months ago

PRCS

I worked through them in 1982! I'm happy to know their company has flourished.
I am in Houston now and would welcome any insights as to which hospitals are good to work for.

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Mark in Moses Lake, Washington

74 months ago

I want let all know, these are my personal experiences,and what I have lived through,and had to put up with , some good and some very bad.
I want to start by saying, what I do. I have been a traveling rt for about a yr or more, but have been an RT for 10yrs, 18yrs in healthcare(critical care tech,pham tech,corpman..US Marine)..My experiences,even though, something, I would not have been able to do,without traveling as a healthcare worker. But if look back at the stress, dissapointments ,that I have faced.. would make anyone cry. I have endured, some of the worst living conditions, rude hospital employees, poor pay, damage to my suv,and all for what. The need for RT's are not as good as for Nurse's.And the stress you have to endure to get a RT license for everystate , you would like to work in.

The work was good last yr for travel, but now, in dec 08, its very slow. I know that all are finding it hard to secure travel positions. This is stated by my travel recruiters.

So my point, is and like to get out. Before you consider, the travel field,as as Respiratory therapist:or other allied heallth.

Look at all possiblities, contact more than one travel healthcare company, I have 10 or more that I talk to , on a daily basis, not all have the same contacts or contracts, consider pay-- the pay is not that good, the only perk is your housing is paid for, remember you will be dealing with disgruntal employee's or employee's who honestly hate travelers(its very well known fact,not all like a traveler), because you being paid more than them, or you may be taking away their OT pay, your on the road every 3mo or more, unless you extend your contract, not all assignments are in the best locations, and hospital size varies,not all hospitals have the latest and greatest equipment(you have to be very inventive sometimes), your housing may be in a questionable area, so do your homework( I have had to look at apts online,after the housing person , thinks it looks good to them,

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Mark in Moses Lake, Washington

74 months ago

I wanted to now, know does anyone know which hospitals in the Dallas area, or Houston,San Antonio region, are good to work for.This will be my last travel assignment and due to the economy and travel is falling off, I want perm, stablilty and benefits.

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Mark in Moses Lake, Washington

74 months ago

This is a addition to my posting, it only allows so many words...
call the chamber of commerce,and when they do find you a place,ask about utlity's, are they being paid for,all except cable. One company of late, told me I would be paying for my electricity,but be reimbursed, which is unheard of by other companies.So be careful.., stay away from companies that use a 1099( no taxes takes out)from your pay+++ beware, you are liable for your taxes. Pay is biweekly for some,and weekly for most.
So I wanted to get this out and make it known, to all potential travelers, do your homework,just be very cautious, check out the city or sm town you may be going (city-data.com). Make sure the company is JCAHO certified, not all are, and they are the fly by night companies.
If you have questions or good or bad experiences, share them with me. My experiences, were all good ,till I started traveling again in july 08. So now, I am looking for perm ,to be secure, and not have to deal with all the stress and lack of work.
I want to add, some recruiters have or have no Medical experience, so be cautious, they cant nor understand your needs or pain. There only focus is their bonus, for placing you, the truth is they work for you, without us,they would have no Job. And in todays economy, alot of companies are closing, due to hospitals, wanting prn or full-time employee's.
My list for top companies ; (just from one experiece)
Aureus: all tops, good recruiters,call everyday to check on you, pay is good, timely paper work.
Look for the JCAHO seal, on there website, some companies are not and are fly by night types.
I will not post the bad companies,due to possible reprecussions. But I have worked for 6-7,and dealt with more. But keep your options open, you can be signed up with as many as you want, it helps in your travel chances.I use to feel bad with being with more than one, but recruiter,know I talk to more than, just one,and they encourage it.

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