The World Of Fake Travel Nursing!

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In todays economy when thousands upon thousands of everyday people
including myself are losing their jobs with no relief in sight – we
need to be concerned and the number of us on unemployment is rising at
such an alarming rate that we are striken with panic when watching the
news on tv as the situation only gets worse by the day. This is while
the Dow Jones‘s falls even faster leaving the money we have worked so
hard to save and depend on for our future gone with no sight of
recovery. How many of us are scared for our day to day lives let alone
our future!!!

]We watch tv and read the news papers to see that HUGE amounts of money
have been wasted and no one seems to care!!! But the word BAIL OUT is
definitley something we have all learned about and went into
frustration, anxiety and fear over. I hate being a tax payer in the
world at this moment! We are the LITTLE GUY so NO one will be BAILING
US OUT!!

Good morning and please give me a moment to discuss a subject that has
gone far out of control in a profession that is so highly regarded and
so badly needed for our safety and LIFE!! Do I have you intrest yet? I
will as you read….

As we all know if we have been to a hospital lately for whatever
reason….be it an emergency or a visit….the nursing shortage is very
much alive and well in our area! Actually the shoratge is much bigger
than you could ever imagine. It is a nation wide shortage in a
profession that is desperately needed to hellp each one of us as we all
grow older or as society changes we seem to have more ailments and
situations arround us that can hurt us from falls and accidents, etc.
The nursing shortage has many negative and positive sides to it and on
all sides it is a career that will always be desperately needed!! The
shortage of nurses can cause us all involved an incredible amount of
stress… from the patient, to the familiy members, our loving friends
and to those taking care of us..the health care workers–the nurses
espically. From this shortage has come a different of the nursing
profession…the GREED! (Please note that it is a good and promising
career that Florence Nightengale wou
ld still
be so proud of!! The options to use this career thru your life can be
endless!) But there is another side that has come to light in the last
several years…I call
it the Black Market Side of Nursing (not meant to be unpolitically
correct)!! Almost every nurse has at least heard of it! They are many
nursing agencies staffing our local hospitals and nursing homes that
will even help you to go agsinst the good and honest way of life that
mom and dad worked so hard to instill into us!! What is it you ask? Its
Fake TRAVEL NURSING!!! Now pretend you are a nurse looking for work.
Trying to get away from working directly for the hospitals and nursing
homes with the mandatory overtime and having to work every other
weekend, etc! We all want a life and more money (its the American dream
to get ahead and stay ahead espically in todays economy!)and the talk
arround the hospitals is that you can be a TRAVEL NURSE with the TRAVEL
NURSE PAY-WHICH ALSO MEANS A TAX FREE HOUSING ALLOWANCE and you can
work locally without leaving home, your comfy bed or your family…so
you do NOT have to travel? NO TRAVEL INVOLVED!! I have your attention
now!!! No-you do not have to travel and Yes…some agencies will help
you sign up for it as soon as you walk in there door! They will ask if
you have an out of town relative to use their address or they can set
you up wi
th an out of town address for $100 a month and BAM you are a PRETEND
travel nurse! You can live arround the block from the hospital or even
a few miles away but you can sleep in the comfort of your own bed,
avoid paying taxes on part of your income and work a schedule you will
love! Who in their right mind would not want more info??? Espically
when you find out that it is a much more common pratice than you ever
thought possible!! You can now pay off your bills, buy a few things and
even get that new car before your old one dies and be at home with your
family!! Oh we will leave out the part that this is technically FRAUD!!
You are now compromising your professional ethics and your old Uncle
Sam-the infamous Tax Man will find you eventually!

In many cases that I have seen the travel nurses are local residents.
Some hospitals are aware but they are in desperate for the help and the
old adage of supply and demand kicks in!! (Yes the nursing shortage is
that bad!) So they/the hospitals and nursing homes are taking AGENCY
nurses that are now paying the local nurse a lower wage then the
average nurse in this position-sometimes as low as $11.00 an hour
(which is taxable) but also a HUGE tax free housing allowance to in
some cases work the exaact same job in the exact same hospital or
nursing home!!! And some of the facilities
are goverment facilities so this is your tax money at work!! Are you
following me now? You as a tax payer, your spouse, mother, father,
aunt, even your working child are funding this with your tax dollars!
Some of us who can barely make ends meet in todays economy of raising
gas, food and other prices in an economy where so many are loosing
their cars and homes….others are making an incredible deal that we
are paying for in one way or another. And so many are standing by
letting it happen. Do we put belame on the nurse or the nursing
agencies that take the nurse by the hand and help them do it??? I just
know that this has to end before it gets even further out of hand!! The
cost of medical care and insurance premiums for those that can afford
insurance is only getting higher and higher!! Our taxes only get higher
and higher….so why are we turning the other cheek and letting this
happen? Why do county run hospitals and nursing homes use higher cost
travel nurses rather than local agency nurses as back up to their
staffing shortages….the cost is so much higher! And just the weekly
cost difference between using a reular agency nurse vs the Fake TRAVEL
NURSE is in the thousands!!! Yes in some cases it is the old senerio:
someone knows someone higher up that works for the agency with the
LOCAL TRAVEL NURSES and then we all pay for that friendship deal in
our tax do
llars!

How can this be policed??? When a travel nurse is booked for a contact
his/her information is needed to be on hand a
t the hospital or nursing home that he or she is booked at…their
nursing license is then there with an address on it. Usually so is an
I9 form with their ID such as a drivers license. This will cause a red
alert immediately! If this is a local nurse (living within 50 miles of
the facility) then you are grossly over paying this local nurse and
hurting each one of us–the as a tax payer and a person struggling to
afford good and affordable health care insurance!! The tax free housing
allowance is actually paid to be used for housing, food, gas and other
expences while the nurse is away from home. This is a normal business
pratice in todays world of the traveling employee-reimbursing for
expences. And as with almost everything in life todays society there
has become a way to get arround it and profit from it!!! We all need to
stop it before it drives up the cost of medical care and insurance
preiums to where only the rich can afford to be healthy!!

Do I have your mind thinking?? By now you should have many questions as
well as many concerns! Let’s talk! Let’s all work it out
together!!

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I have a personality to make u smile! A mind that will make u think! A love of life that will warm your heart and soul.I am a redhead w/a great personality having a different kind of a moment in life! I am presently single, unemployed and have been in a car accident that left me a bit dented shall we say but not broken! And I am trying to make this all work! And I must admit that it is a challenge! Come join me: come laugh w/me, come cry w/me but come cheer me on! I have to find that "light at the end of the tunnel" and I need you to help me find it! I promise the journey will never be boring! Ready, Set, Blog! But it will ALL be "STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART"!
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