Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about travel nursing
Curious about what it’s like to be a travel nurse with Fastaff? Much of what you want to know about joining our elite team of Fastaff travel nurses can be found below.
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What is Rapid Response® travel nurse staffing? How is it different from travel nursing in general?
Typically, travel nursing assignments require a commitment of 13 weeks or more. Most nurse temporary staffing agencies are not equipped to handle shorter placements or placements that require a rapid response to an urgent and crucial need for patient care. Fastaff pioneered the concept of Rapid Response® travel nurse staffing to the healthcare industry in 1989. Since then, we’ve been providing travel nurses to hundreds of hospitals, sometimes on very short notice, for placements that may last as little as four weeks or as long as a year or more. This means more jobs and options for our nurses, and superior service for the varied needs of our hospital clients.
What are the requirements for becoming a Fastaff travel nurse?
You need at least two years’ experience in your specialty, at least one year of recent acute-care experience (based on your specialty), and a current RN license. In addition, you’ll need to provide written references, documentation of certifications, etc.
How much and how often do you pay?
Travel nurses typically earn far more than staff nurses, and our pay rates are among the highest in the travel-nurse industry. Average pay for a Fastaff nurse working 36 weeks is $101,288. On-assignment nurses receive their paychecks weekly.
What kind of benefits package do you offer?
Beyond the benefits of working when you want to and where you want to, we offer our nurses a highly attractive benefits package. Like our stunning pay scale, it’s one of the best in the industry. Medical, dental, and vision plans; a 401(K); free educational opportunities; licensing reimbursement; and a perks program are all included in our comprehensive benefits package.
What is the typical length of a Fastaff travel-nurse assignment?
Typically a job will last 4 to 13 weeks. You may be offered the opportunity of extending the assignment should circumstances warrant. Many of our nurses have stayed on assignment at a particular hospital for over a year, but this is never expected of a person. At Fastaff, we understand our nurses’ need for flexible scheduling and respect their right to extend or not extend, depending on their personal needs and lifestyle. There is never any pressure from our side.
How much notice do you give your nurses before they must travel to their assignment?
That’s up to you. If you enjoy the excitement of flying to new locations on the drop-of-a-hat notice, we can accommodate that. If you prefer to have a more leisurely preparation period, we can accommodate that, too. Fastaff has hundreds of job openings at any given time. This allows us to accommodate the unique needs and preferences of almost any nurse.
Where are most of your travel nursing jobs located?
We have assignments available all across the United States. For up-to-date information on our current job postings, visit our Job Postings page, sign up to receive announcements of the latest Jobs by Email, or phone us at 800-736-8773 (800-73-NURSE).
Do you offer referral bonuses for bringing in new nurses?
Absolutely. We offer unlimited referral bonuses. For every nurse you refer who is not in our current database and who completes a Fastaff assignment, we will pay you a referral bonus of up to $1,000 for RNs and $500 for Allied Professionals.
As a travel nurse, would I need to pay for my travel and housing?
Travel is always complimentary before and after a completed assignment. Not only are they paid for, they’re arranged for you too. All you have to do is pack and fly. Complimentary housing during your assignment is also provided to you in addition to your hourly pay.
What kind of lodging do you provide?
We house you close to your assignment in a comfortable hotel, inn or apartment. Do you have particular needs or preferences about lodging? Tell us what you have in mind. We will always make every effort to accommodate you.
May I pay for my own housing on assignment and receive a housing allowance?
In many cases, yes. Talk to your recruiter about this to learn if this option is available for the assignment you are considering.
How many hours a week do Fastaff professionals work?
Fastaff travel nurse assignments have guaranteed hours. You may work 36 to 60 hours per week depending on the facility you’re assigned to. Any hours over 40 allow you to earn extra income through overtime. In California, any hours worked over 8 per day are overtime. If your facility does not schedule the required hours or cancels your shift, Fastaff will pay you for the guaranteed hours regardless, so long as you were available to work.
Can I request to work in a specific area of a hospital?
Certainly. We have travel nursing positions available in many different specialty areas. If they wish it, our allied professionals may be given the opportunity to float to hospital departments other than the one they were assigned to, allowing them to gain experience in new arenas.
Are Fastaff nurses considered employees or independent contractors?
Our healthcare professionals are our employees. This means we withhold and pay all of your employment taxes, health insurance, and Worker's Compensation, so you can focus on doing what you do best: providing care. You may sign up for any benefits we offer, such as health insurance, 401(K), and dental insurance. Benefit start dates may vary. Talk to your recruiter for details.
May I travel with my pet?
If you are paying privately for your lodgings through a housing allowance, you may certainly bring your pet if your landlord has no objections. If Fastaff is arranging your lodgings for you, pets may be an option in certain cases. Talk to your recruiter for details.
What professional annual nursing conferences does Fastaff attend?
We attend all the major nursing conferences, including AORN (Association of Perioperative RNs) and AONE (American Organization of Nurse Executives) every spring, and AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, Neonatal Nurses) every summer. We also attend the National Travel Nurse convention in Las Vegas every year.