But She Said She Was a Nurse

Frankly we were appalled when we read the article on Samantha Rivera, who said she was a nurse, and worked for a 13-week contract assignment through a staffing agency at a St. Louis Hospital – and in the ICU!

Her contract wasn’t extended and she applied at another staffing company. Thankfully, they were astute enough to realize she was not a nurse.

We cannot help but wonder how this could ever happen.

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7 Lucky Charms for Travel Nurses

When we say Lucky Charms do you instantly think of that wonderful breakfast cereal with the marshmallow treats in it?

Well, obviously, we did.

But there are lots of things that are considered lucky charms – like a rabbit’s foot, four-leaf clover, the number seven, a rainbow and so many more.

But, did you know that being a travel nurse is just loaded with “lucky charms?”

Here are seven reasons why:
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The 12 Days of Christmas at Fidelity on Call

We share our own version of The 12 Days of Christmas travel nurse style!

Watch the video to hear our group of staff and nurses sing the song. Read the lyrics below.

All of us at Fidelity on Call wish you a Merry Christmas!



On the first day of Christmas, our nurses said to me:

I love working for Fidelity!


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11 Things We Are Thankful For

It’s that time of year when we gather with friends, families, and loved ones to give thanks, and celebrate the most important gifts in our lives.

At Fidelity on Call, Ltd., there are so many things to be thankful for all year round, but we wanted to share a few favorites of ours, and of our travel nurses:
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9 Tips for the First-Time Travel Nurse

Are you considering becoming a first-time travel nurse? As with anything where change is involved, it can be scary.

But it doesn’t have to be – just follow these nine tips for the first-time travel nurse.

1. Check Out The Company You Want To Work With As A First-Time Travel Nurse

How long have they been in business?

Do you have any friends who have traveled for them who can supply you with a recommendation?

Are they true to their commitments to their travel team?

Are they financially strong (you want to get paid)? Do you share a common mission?

2. Make Sure Your Recruiter Understands You And Your Goals

Your recruiters should know what is important to you and what you want to achieve as a first-time travel nurse. Additionally, he or she should be accessible and personable (someone you can relate to and feel comfortable discussing anything with).

TIP: If you work with a different recruiter every time you call the travel company, you might want to find another company. Your recruiter is a vital part of your experience. They will follow you and coach you throughout your assignment to ensure you are prepared and are a success.

3. Once You Are Hired, Make Sure You Know Where You Are Being Submitted

You should approve every submittal and know not only the hospital and floor assignment but as much information about the assignment as possible.

4. After The Submittal, Your Recruiter Should Contact You

Once again, your company recruiter will provide you with as much information as possible and will contact you to let you know that you will be receiving a phone call for an interview.

Not only will the hospital representative ask you questions but, this interview will be your time to ask questions as well.

At Fidelity On Call, we always provide “tips” for our first-time travel nurses on how to handle the interview.

5. Review Your Contract Before You Accept An Offer

When you accept an assignment, you should receive a written contract that spells out all the terms including your pay, tax free allowances, bonus, etc. You want to make sure that you thoroughly read and understand everything in your contract as you are responsible for adhering to all the provisions that are in it.

TIP: If your pay sounds too good to be true – it probably is.

Many travel nurses have received a small hourly pay with a very large “tax-free” allowance. Tax free allowances need to be paid in accordance with government guidelines for housing, meals, and travel.

You don’t want to end up having a huge tax burden at the end of the year because you thought you were making tax free money.

6. Prepare For Your First Day On The Job

Before your assignment starts, make sure you know the route to the hospital, where your floor is at, etc. Be prepared so you are never late.

7. When The First Day Of Your Assignment Comes, Remember Attitude Is Everything

Many hospitals have experienced traveling nurses who were not properly vetted and were a huge disappointment. But that is NOT you.

You have the skills, the knowledge, the love of patients, and the right attitude to get the job done.

Smile . . . you are there to help.

Once they see your skills, you will be a welcomed part of their team.

8. With The Right Travel Company And Recruiter, You Are Never Alone

They are there to support you throughout your term of employment.

9. You Should Always Know Your Contract Status

Your travel company and recruiter should also be there before your contract ends with information on whether your contract is extending or on other opportunities that you may want to look at.

Ultimately when you pair yourself with the right company, being a first-time travel nurse is not scary at all.

Contact us by phone at 800-836-7633 or by email at info@fidelityoncall.com to learn about travel nursing jobs we are filling right now.