Stipends: Travel Contracts will offer stipends. A stipend is your weekly tax-free allotment. A prorated amount will be paid in each paycheck. It is tax free and the rate will vary based on the housing costs of the area you will be living and the Agencies always follow GSA guidelines
Travel Reimbursement: For 13 week assignments your Traveler is eligible up To $600 for Travel Reimbursement. 53.5 cents per mile up to $300 each way. Paid out 2nd pay check and last pay check. Mileage calculated based on permanent address to facility address. This is money to get you to your assignment and when contract is complete, money to get you back home.
Tax home: The IRS defines your tax home as the "entire city or general area" of your workplace. If you work in Pittsburgh, for example, then your tax home is the entire Pittsburgh metro area. The tax home designation doesn't have anything to do with where you actually live—the place where you lay your head at night. You could live 100 miles from your workplace and commute, but the workplace would still be your tax home
Floating: Due to patient census fluctuating at facilities as an agency nurse you will be asked to float to like or similar units to your specialty.
Question: “Am I required to float as a traveler?” Answer: Yes, welcome to the life of a traveler.
In most facilities when the unit census is low, the travelers will be the first nurses to float to other units. However, this is another one of those rules that will depend on the facility in which you work. We will prep your Nurse to ask about floating during their interview process. If your candidate is not interested in floating they are probably not an ideal for Agency Nursing. A Nurse should never be asked to float outside of their area of skill. For example and ICU RN can float to other ICU, TELE, Med-Surg and sometimes ED-HOLD. An ED RN can be asked to float to ED HOLD and sometimes Med-Surg. A Telemetry RN can be asked to float to other step-down units or other Medical-Surgical Units. A Medical-Surgical RN could be asked to float to other Medical-Surgical Units. In theory, a facility would never float a Medical-Surgical RN up to ICU, but an ICU RN could float down to a Medical-Surgical Unit.
Low Census: My nurse called me and said the facility sent her home due to low census. When your nurse is on a contract or Travel Assignment and they are sent home by the facility be sure they notate this on their time sheet to ensure accurate pay
Mileage Radius: Some facilities will have a specific mileage radius for a Traveling Healthcare Professional. For example Hospital ABC requires the Traveler's permanent address to be more than 75 miles from the address of the facility.
Guaranteed hours: Most Local and Travel Contracts will offer guaranteed hours. This protects the travel nurse and agency. If the facility guarantees 36 hours/week then as long your nurse was available to work the rest of the work week and did not miss on their own accord, and did not volunteer to be sent home then they will be paid/guaranteed for their contracted hours.
EMR: This stands for Electronic Medical Records. An EMR system is an electronic record of health-related information on an individual that can be created, gathered, managed, and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff within healthcare organizations. Examples of different EMR Systems include: EPIC, Meditech, Mckesson,
Holiday Pay: each contract pays holiday’s differently. It is important to understand what your holiday requirements are and how you will be compensated for them. As a traveler, holiday pay is not always a part of the deal.
Combined/Composite/Blended Rates: This is predominantly a CA and AK thing. CA often pays one rate for the first 8 hours of the day, an overtime rate from 8-12 hours, and then a double time rate from 12+ hours. So when you are being quoted a pay rate for a CA contract they will often quote you the combined rate of the average of your first 8 hours and your last 4 hours at the higher rate. Hence the Combined rate for a 12 hour shift
Shift Differential: This does not always exist in the travel world. Day and night shifts typically pay the exact same.
Rotating Shift: More than likely your contracted professional will be asked to work one month of days, then one of nights, etc.,