Avoid turbulence while travel nursing
editors-note
EDITOR'S NOTE: Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN, brings more than 30 years of experience to her role as Nurse.com’s legal information columnist.
Travel nursing is a unique and interesting way to practice your specialty area of nursing. You’re able to travel and live in different places and meet new colleagues, and you’re challenged to provide nursing care in various settings. And it can provide fair compensation for your hard work.
One area of travel nursing that is often problematic, according to readers’ comments, is when the contract signed by the travel nurse and the travel agency is not adhered to by the travel agency.
Although not a problem every travel nurse faces, nonadherence to the travel contract can result in turmoil, lost wages and a ruined relationship between the nurse and the agency.
According to readers’ remarks, one example of nonadherence to a travel contract is when the travel agency misrepresents aspects of the travel arrangement. Examples of misrepresentation include falsifying working conditions, housing accommodations and staffing numbers.
Travel nurses also have reported problems such as payroll errors or wages not being paid and scheduling problems by the facility to which the travel nurse is assigned (e.g., floating when this is not part of the contract, changes in shift assignments).
Perhaps the best way to avoid such problems is to have a travel agreement reviewed by a nurse attorney or attorney of your choice prior to signing it. The attorney would review the entire contract with an eye toward how you are protected under the agreement and what legal responsibilities both you and the agency have under the contract.
Your attorney may review the agreement for items such as benefit plans (e.g., health and dental insurance) and who pays for them and whether the agency with which you are signing up is certified by the Joint Commission.
Whether or not you had your agreement reviewed prior to signing it, if problems arise that the contract governs, you need to seek a quick resolution. A first step, of course, is to try to settle the matter with the specific person or entity. This might mean seeking a resolution with the payroll or accounting department at the facility or with the nurse travel agency directly. Perhaps the error was inadvertent. Likewise, a floating mandate by the facility may be easily resolved by pointing out the agreement that excludes such an assignment.
If a quick, agreeable and fair resolution is not possible, speak with the nurse recruiter with whom you worked when seeking the position. If that attempts fails, it is essential to seek the advice of that nurse attorney or attorney you originally consulted before signing the agreement, or seek the advice of a nurse attorney or attorney who can help you obtain a legal and fair resolution.
IL_CO_ThinkstockPhotos-542327964quote-mark
...nonadherence to the travel contract can result in turmoil, lost wages and a ruined relationship between the nurse and the agency."
- Nancy J. Brent, RN
Pinpoint travel nursing jobs that interest you
Find opportunities
Advertise with Nurse.com
img_2CD-image
Your next career path begins with Nurse.com Career Days.
When you’re looking for a job, there’s no time more valuable than facetime.
Register Today
Nurse-logo
Seek legal advice on travel contracts to prevent problems
article-down-arrow
By Nancy Brent, MS, JD, RN
share-dots-shadow
BACK TO TOP
TOP-ARROW
More inside this guide
bottom-arro
left-arrowright-arrowNurse-logoright-arrow-3
hamburguer-icon-shadow
MENU
toc-imageX
Contents
HOME
arrow-TOC
arrow-TOC
Make 3 mammoth decisions
Blog-3-mammoth-Mensik-538207545_LP
Choose your goal and platform before heading back to school.
ThinkstockPhotos-466086690
Create a winning resume
Jump ahead of the competition with a top-notch resume.
arrow-TOC
ThinkstockPhotos-77295814
Salaries on the upswing
Find out how your salary compares to RNs across the country.
arrow-TOC
ThinkstockPhotos-488756500
Job satisfaction study
RNs reveal how they really feel about their jobs.
arrow-TOC
FEA-Travel-nursing-turbulence-Brent_LPjpg
Avoid turbulent travel nursing
Seek advice on travel contracts before signing on the dotted line.
arrow-TOC
image3
5 tips for job interviews
Make a memorable first impression at your next interview.
arrow-TOC
LP_ThinkstockPhotos-453758149
Is travel nursing for you?
If you have an adventurous spirit, you might like this specialty.
arrow-TOC
CE758_FB-1200X628
CE COURSE: Terminal degrees
PhD, EdD, DNP — which one should you pursue?
arrow-TOC
LP_ThinkstockPhotos-177784759
Legally protect your practice
Know the tools you need to protect your license from potential liability.
arrow-TOC
ThinkstockPhotos-518113604
Get on boards when job hunting
Nursing job boards can help you find the perfect job.
arrow-TOC
birds-low
Boost your career trajectory
The right plan and tools will help you carve out a successful career.
arrow-TOC
Blog-Bioethics-Taylor-sb10063600fk-001_LP
Get to the heart of bioethics
Big ethical decisions have a way of influencing all aspects of RNs' lives.
arrow-TOC
ThinkstockPhotos-175218925
Speak their language
Bilingual nurses are in demand by recruiters.
arrow-TOC
ThinkstockPhotos-470675700
Engaging millennials
Nurse leaders are finding ways to retain younger nurses.
arrow-TOC
ThinkstockPhotos-128960079
Healthcare in the outlands
Rural areas seek nurses willing to make the move.
arrow-TOC
ThinkstockPhotos-506752188_TOC_RZ
CE catalog
Read this list of CE modules geared toward your professional growth.
arrow-TOC
ThinkstockPhotos-486482719
CE COURSE: Precepting
Find out why preceptors are critical to the nursing profession.
arrow-TOC
ThinkstockPhotos-511472442__1_
Protect against retaliation
Nurse attorney discusses your discrimination rights on the job.
arrow-TOC
© 2017 OnCourse Learning Corp. All rights reserved
facebooktwitterLinkedinyoutube
Contact Nurse.com
20225 Water Tower Blvd. Brookfield, WI 53045
Advertise with Nurse.com
google-pluspinterest
X
How to Navigate
BROWSE
FIND
right-arrowleft-arrow
hamburguer-icon-shadow
MENU
Move forward or backward between articles by clicking the arrows.
Click or tap to bring up the Table of Contents.
READ
share-dots-shadow
facebooktwitterLinkedingoogle-pluspinterest
SHARE
scroll
Share articles by clicking on one of the social media icons in the upper right corner of the page.
Use your mouse wheel, keyboard arrow keys, or scroll bar to move up and down in an article.
How to Navigate