Hi, my name is Cory Minter. I’m here with Darcel with Trinity employment specialists. Trinity is a staffing firm that specializes in travel nursing all over the nation. Darcell has been doing it for over 15 years. She is our expert today and today we’re going to be talking about factors that influence travel nurse pay. So we just did a video just now in this, and it’s going to follow it up. It’s going to be part two about different things that impact how much money you can make as a travel nurse. And just to kind of go over that just real quickly, I’m going to go to my notes. So I don’t forget it. You know, location is a big deal shift differentials. It’s a big deal, your cost of living wherever you’re going to that, that differentiates how much the hospital’s going to pay you your specialty, that you have makes a big difference for your Traveling Nurses Missouri program.
If you are a specialist in labor and delivery, for example, or, uh, you know, working with prenatal or something, you’re gonna make a lot more money right now because of the COVID craziness that we’re dealing with respiratory therapists, there’s a big, huge increase in the salary for them. Um, all sorts of different things can impact it. And S and so the last thing that we left off with was your shift timing. You know, whether it’s night shifts, holiday pay all of these different things. Now we’re, uh, we’re going to move into some different kinds of factors that can impact how much you can make as a travel nurse. The whole idea behind doing videos behind, behind this, for this is to, um, make sure that we educate the nurses, whether they’re coming to work for Trinity or not, we would love for you to please come to check us out.
Um, but we just want to help new nurses that have thought about jumping into travel nursing, educate them to educate them and make sure that, you know, kind of what, uh, what is truth and what is not. In fact, in this particular podcast, we’re going to go through something that I always thought was the truth. And our sales are going to talk about how it wasn’t. Trinity did not go into travel nursing for many years, like seven years, because I thought that this, this bonus thing we had to pay it, and there’s no way that we could do it. So we’re going to talk about that, right? So the first thing of factors that impact travel nursing pay is rapid response assignments. Well, well, well, Marcel, why in the world would we have a travel nursing, a rapid response assignment right now, right now with the best Traveling Nurses Missouri services?
Because of the Colvin PLA, I’m so sick, but I’m so sad. No, but hearing about I’m sure they are too. Oh, absolutely. Just let’s go ahead and agree to talk about it for a little bit, to educate exactly. Let’s keep it minimal. Yes, I will. Because a nurse can also get rapid response assignments without the COVID. Okay. So let’s, let’s spend more time talking about that first. Go ahead and educate people on what we’re using for right now. Some of the hospitals across the US offering our higher pay rates for different specialties, especially ICU nurses. Like you mentioned, our teas, our RTS. Okay. They are essential to this time right now, because everybody who has the COVID, they say it’s respiratory. So that respiratory therapist is a high demand, so they can get the rapid response bag, but then you have your ICU nurses.
Um, that’s another factor, but again, you could get a rapid response. Even without that nurses go on strike, they have a low volume of a surge of flu or any accident or whatever happens in a state. That is true. Yeah. You’ve got like big, you know, pockets of the US that have the flu. Yeah. And negative. Of course, it’s going to take over the floor. Yeah. So rapid response rates fall in effect. So that, or strike, if a nurse going to strike the strike pay is ridiculous. It’s $125 an hour. It is crazy. Crazy. How often do people go on strike? Am I just the only one that’s so much not knowledgeable about it? Nurses go on. They go on strike all the time. I don’t think it’s ever happened in Oklahoma. No, it hasn’t. Okay. And this shouldn’t be the state and it should happen in what I hate to say that because they pay the nurses so low here in Oklahoma, I could, I could attest to that with our Traveling Nurses Missouri services.
Two of my daughters are nurses and they left. They got their license here. They left here because they’re not making enough money. Did mama Darcell tell them, Hey, listen, you can make so much? I did Chicago go back home. Yes. Because you can make more money in bigger cities. But again, and people say the cost of living, they still pay up there. They pay there. It’s a little bit different, but with a travel nurse, they could make more money, rapid response. And just regular. The hospitals do not pay. Even in other States, Georgia, Florida, any Southern States, it’s across the board. They pay the same. Just about, unless you looking at rapid response rates, which is where a nurse could make a lot of money, you know, they could go on their regular job. Say, go down to PRN, take some time off, let them know you’re going to do a contract, and then come back with a good Traveling Nurses Missouri.
Okay. So before I move on, are there any other like a rapid response? No. Those are the only reason rapid response rates take effect. Okay. Other than that, no. Okay. Well, you already mentioned one of them. The second one was a strike, correct? Yes. Yeah. And so like, tell me how long does a strike usually last, you’ve staffed for this several times. The last of the 13 to 14 weeks, right? Yeah. So three, four months. So do they are, when they go on a strike, are they going to be signing them for 13-week assignments in or are they going to do mainly per diem? No, they do a contract with them. Really? They do a contract because they know, I mean, think about any time a company going to strike, you know, there’s some time they’re not going on strike adjusting before a week.
Right. They’re wanting something. So, all the nurses walk out well, and I’m sure that they’d go to the CEO and they’re like, all right, how long are you gonna hold out? And they tell me now they hold. I mean, these nurses make a lot of money on strike. Yeah. I mean, they start with two months and then it goes to three months and they constantly extending them to give a solid Traveling Nurses Missouri a try. Okay. The last thing that we have here is bonuses. Now, the funny thing is, is that when we started looking into travel nursing, the number one thing that I started, uh, that I heard about, but it was just, it now I’m learning. It was just a room where they were like, man, to do this, you’re going to have to come up to even get a nurse, consider it. You’re going to have to come up with, pay him like a $10,000 sign-on bonus.
And I was looking at the numbers, you know how I do it? I’m like, all right, can I make a profit on this? That’s really what I’m looking at. And I’m like, there’s no way that we’re going to make a profit if we’re paying that. And so, um, and so when we brought Darcell in, I learned, listen, this is not an issue. When did this not become an issue? How did this become a thing? Because if you’re a new nurse, you’ve probably heard the same things that I have. I’m guessing, how did this tell me the story, the timeline here? I think bonuses came into play. When most agencies went from traditional staffing and want it to go into travel nursing. So what they did just like you, they took the bill rate and they start paying out of their revenue, okay. To get nurses, to build them a pool with a good Traveling Nurses Missouri service.
Okay. But in essence, and just as quickly as they came quickly, they went out because the agencies realized they were going in the hole. So this was a true thing that it was, how long did it go on? Cause that’s all I heard about when I was looking at if a year, but because we, they couldn’t afford it, you know, and seeing the nurses think, and I’m glad we don’t talk about this right now because the nurse’s thing, Oh, you make so much money. But no, as an agency, we do not make so much money. A lot of times we go in the hole because we compete. We have to be competitive with other agencies. So we construct your pay package to meet what we try to get the most money that we can. You have to look at the factor that we have to do a lot with our new Traveling Nurses Missouri offers.
We have to do drug screens. We got to do. We pay so much out compliance. Trust me. I’m aware of that. Exactly. I know. Right. And so, we still try to get them the most money. Well, and almost every nurse, their shopping paid package. Absolutely. I’m hearing her talk about this all the time. They’re always shopping. That’s the big thing. So the bonus, and I’m going to get back to the bonus. We could give a nursing bonus and the bonus play come in. When you do an extension, we want to give you something to extend. That’s a little extra, you know, one to $200 and each time you extend, we give you a bonus. So that’s when the bonuses come in. So the bonuses work. Yes. Listen, we appreciate you joining us with this. If Trinity can help you in any way with travel nursing, with options, we have contracts in every city in the United States. Um, we would love to speak with you and just show you what options we have for you. And you can get to work with the great, great Marcel. Give us a call at (918) 622-2588. Or you can visit us at firstname.lastname@example.org.