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Old 03-01-2008, 06:24 AM   #1
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Really curious to know if there are any traveling (Locum Tenens) Physicians, Nurses, Rad-Techs., etc. out there who would be willing to share positives and negatives. We want to accept "temporary positions" and live in our future motorhome. Are staffing agencies and hospitals accomodating to this idea?
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Really curious to know if there are any traveling (Locum Tenens) Physicians, Nurses, Rad-Techs., etc. out there who would be willing to share positives and negatives. We want to accept "temporary positions" and live in our future motorhome. Are staffing agencies and hospitals accomodating to this idea?
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:36 AM   #3
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In our travels we have run into a number of traveling nurses. It is very common here in Saint Louis, right now there are 3 that are in the park we are staying in.

I know they work through an agency, but not sure of the names of such. The big Hospital here that uses them is Barnes Jewish, but most all of them take traveling staff. I would call one of the hospitals and ask for the information. From what I understand most of the hospitals have specific agreements with specific staffing companies.

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Old 03-01-2008, 10:44 AM   #4
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Moder2, Yes, you're right hospitals contract with agencies who contract with the med. staff. What I'm really curious about is if the agencies are cooperative with people who own RV's. How difficult is it to find campgrounds near the facility. If it is easy to put that stipulation in your contract, etc. I wouldn't mind "traveling work" but not if we have to stay in motel-condo-accomodations. Thanks for the info! If there are 3 nurses in the campground that tells me that it must work well! Thanks again! EBSea
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Old 03-02-2008, 06:46 AM   #5
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FWIW,

In our travels over the last two years we have met, in campgrounds, roving contract medical personnel. 1 Rad-Tech with a MH and 2 RNs who were camping in a tent.

DW is a retired RN/RVT and can somehow sniff out these types.
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I'm a "retired" Rad-Tech, still working in management. My hubby is a "not ready to retire" MD, but we are thinking about "semi-retirement". Would love to combine RV life with work-life. Not ready to jump-in yet, but we're seriously thinking about it! Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:50 PM   #7
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That's what we plan on doing next year. Our hospital actually let's one guy park his RV in the lot at night while he works (guess he doesn't have a toad).

From the travelers I talked to who have their own accomodations (staying with friends, sharing apartments to save money), the agencies and hospitals could really care less; instead of working out your living arrangements, you get a check. Sounds like you're doing them a favor when you take care of your own living arrangements.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:11 PM   #8
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hey Amy I've heard this from other travelers as well. It seems that once the agencies find out you provide your own housing, they start quoting "low-ball" figures for housing reimbursement. EBSea
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Hi everyone!
Check out
Nurses On Wheels
in
Delphi Forums.
It is a forum with tons of medical professionals doing exactly what you are talking about. Good info and good tips.
Also try
www.healthcaretraveler.com
There are numerous travel companies to sign with.
I was a travel nurse for 3 years but only lived in my motorhome the last year. I did not need to look for campgrounds. I "camped" in friends driveways. Made and saved alot of money too.
Being a travel RN is the best. It gave me the oppportunity to either work and/or visit every state except Hawaii.
It has been a few years but I will try and answer any questions you may have.

I say, GO FOR IT.

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