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Attention nursing students! It’s not just first responders and full-on registered nurses that have access to deals and discounts. Nursing students also have access to plenty of great discounts on everything from shoes and scrubs to meal deliveries and beyond.

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Nurse.org rounded up some of the best discounts for nursing students that you can find below. And just in case, always be sure to check with each individual retailer before ordering to verify the offer is still going on—and if you don’t see a discount at your favorite retailer, just ask! Some places may be willing to give you a discount for serving as a future nurse, because trust us, that job is important. 

Outside of discounts specific to nursing students, you can also search for general student discounts. Additionally, if you work in a hospital or healthcare setting, some companies also have healthcare worker discounts, so check if you’re eligible for savings there too. 

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General Shopping Nursing Student Discounts

Amazon Prime Student —all nursing students have access to 3 months free of Amazon Prime, then a deep discount on membership after that. Student Amazon Prime membership also includes free meal delivery, discounted travel and entertainment, and even homework help.

Thrive Market — nursing students get a free membership.

Target — college students can get 20% off with Target Circle 

American Nurses Association (ANA) Membership — free student subscriber membership for nursing students!

Computers & Accessories Nursing Student Discounts

Apple Education Store —get Apple Education pricing on eligible products

Microsoft Education Store —Students are eligible for Office 365 Education for free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams.

Adobe Creative Cloud –Save over 60% on the Creative Cloud All Apps plan if you’re a student.

Dell University —Dell offers discounted products for each major, including science and healthcare . 

HP Academy —Students can join the HP Education Store Program for discounts and no Student ID is required to join.

Lenovo Academic Purchase Program –Discounts are added to your cart after you use Id.me to verify with your student ID. 

Music Nursing Student Discounts

Spotify Premium for Students with Hulu —get both for free for 1 month, then $5.99/month after that. 

Pandora –$4.99 / month after a free 60 days. 

Amazon Music Unlimited for Students —free for 30 days, then $5.99/month with a student ID. 

Discounts on Scrubs for Nursing Students

Scrubs & Beyond —Register with your student status to get a 15% student discount at Scrubs & Beyond with Student Beans.

Jaanuu –Get a one-time 15% discount. 

Figs —Verify with Id.me to get a 15% off discount. 

Discounts on Shoes for Nursing Students

Nike — get a 10% off discount with SheerID verification. 

New Balance —get a 10% off discount with ID.me verification. You may need to be a hospital employee to be eligible. 

Adidas —Adidas offers students a one-time discount and free shipping. 

Reebok —students can get a whopping 50% off. 

Asics —Verified students a discount of 20% off qualified full-priced products in the online store.

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Discounts on Clothes for Nursing Students

ASOS —Minimum of 10% off, but also increases at certain times. 

Levi's —Students get 15% off. 

Express —Students get 5% off every Express purchase just by registering with UNiDAYS. 

Forever 21 —Students can get an additional 21% off. 

Club Monaco —Register for an account with your .edu email address and a 15% off discount will automatically apply to your cart.

Calvin Klein –15% off for students. 

BackCountry —Current college and graduate students an exclusive* 20% off discount on full-price Backcountry Gear & Apparel, Basin + Range, and Stoic.

J CREW –Students can get 15% off. 

Burton's —University students can get up to 20% off. 

Under Armour —Students can get 30% off online. 

Saucony –Get a 10% student discount at Saucony with Student Beans.

LL Bean –Get 10% off. 

Jockey –Get 10% off.

Vera Bradley —Students get 15% off. 

Discounts on Accessories for Nursing Students

Citizen Watches —get an additional 15% off on some models. 

Pandora Jewelry —save 10% at checkout with Id.me.

Ray-Ban —U.S. students can save 25% off. 

  • Glasses.com —60% Off Lenses + Free Shipping for Nurses & Students with Id.me.

Discounts on Entertainment for Nursing Students

YouTube Premium —anyone attending an eligible institution through SheerID can get a free membership. 

Hulu —students can get an ad-supported plan for $1.99/month.

Peacock —Get Peacock Premium for $1.99/mo. for 12 months.

Paramount+ —students can save 25%. 

Zoos and Aquariums —Students can check their areas with ID.me to see if they’re eligible for discounts at local attractions. 

Discounts on Home Technology for Nursing Students

BOSE —College students get a special discount at Bose on orders over $199

Miku Baby Monitors —Students can get 10% off with ID.me.

Ring Home Security —Students can get a one-discount discount code after verification. 

Discounts on Cell Phones and Plans for Nursing Students

Verizon –There are different ways to save at Verizon as a student.

AT&T —Save $10/mo. per line on an unlimited plan with your student discount

Samsung —Students can save up to 30% off. 

Discounts on Home Goods for Nursing Students

Brooklyn Bedding —get 30% off. 

The Happy Planner —students can get 15% off. 

Kitchenaid —students can get 15% off. 

Purity Organic Coffee —-students save 10% off. 

Kind Bars —15% off and free shipping for students. 

  • Bullystick.com —15% off first responder discount with Verify Pass. 

Discounts on Meal Delivery for Nursing Students

Hello Fresh —Students can get their first box for 55% off and an ongoing 15% off discount.

Blue Apron —get $110 off as a new customer. 

  • Factor Meals —55% off your first box + Free Shipping, and 15% off all your other boxes with Id.me.
  • EveryPlate —Nurses get 75% off your first box + Free Shipping, and 15% off all your other boxes over the next year. with Id.me.

Discounts on Travel for Nursing Students

Hertz Rental Cars —Students can get a discount of 25% at Hertz. 

BP Gas —students can get $0.15 off for 60 gallons after registering.   

Caesars Rewards —students can save up to 30% at Las Vegas.

MSC cruises —the cruise line offers seasonal discounts on select cruises to students. 

Marriott hotels —students can enjoy discounts and perks at select locations and dates by checking the student special site. 

Discounts on Athletic & Outdoor Gear for Nursing Students

Aventon Bikes —5% off for Nurses & Students with Id.me.

  • YETI —20% off for Nurses with Id.me.

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6 Things Travel Nurses Should Know About GSA Rates

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Understandably, there is a lot of confusion about GSA rates and how they apply to travel nursing pay . The confusion stems from the fact that including tax-free stipends as part of a salary package is pretty much unique to traveling professionals, so it’s not something we’re really used to dealing with. Additionally, there is a lot of misinformation floating around that only serves to further obfuscate the issue. In this blog post, we’ll cover some of the most common areas of confusion regarding GSA rates so travel nurses can approach the subject with confidence.

What Are GSA Rates and How do They Pertain to Travel Nursing?

GSA is the acronym for the General Services Administration of the United States Government . The GSA is a huge government agency with many responsibilities. In the simplest terms, the GSA is like a service hub for the federal government. They negotiate rates for goods and services that the US government purchases. They maintain government facilities and a fleet of over 200,000 government vehicles among many other services.

They also set the “Per Diem Rates” for the Continental United States (CONUS) . “Per diem” is the term used by the GSA to refer to the maximum allowance for lodging and meals and incidental expenditures (M&IE) that can be provided to individuals while they’re traveling away from home on government business. The IRS uses the same rates for private citizens who travel away from their tax home for work. This is how per diem (tax-free money) gets applied to travel nursing pay.

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It’s important to note that the Department of Defense sets the per diem rates for non-foreign states like Alaska and Hawaii while the State Department sets the rates for foreign countries. So, if you’re a travel nurse seeking per diem rates for Alaska or Hawaii, then visit this DoD website .

The terminology used to describe and discuss “per diem” and “tax-free money” is the first point of confusion. For starters, “Per Diem” is a latin term that means “per day.” It’s also a term that we use in the healthcare industry to refer to being “on-call” for work. So healthcare professionals have to get used to the double meaning here.

Additionally, there are two classifications for per-diem rates, lodging and meals and incidental expenditures (M&IE). So when a recruiter or fellow traveler uses the term “per-diem”, it’s difficult to know if they’re referring to one, the other, or both! This is why we recommend recruiters always separate them when conveying travel nursing pay packages.

Similarly, the lodging rates are often referred to as “housing stipends” or “lodging stipends.” While the M&IE rates are often referred to as “M&IE stipends” or simply “the stipend.” For the record, stipend is defined as a lump sum payment. And because agencies quote these payments as weekly or monthly values, they get referred to as stipends. In any case, travelers should be aware of these nuances to avoid confusion.

How Do I Find and Determine the GSA Rates for Travel Nurses?

Many travelers are interested in determining the GSA rates for their travel destinations so they visit the GSA.gov website to look them up . However, this too can cause some confusion. Let’s take a look at an example.

First, the GSA’s site let’s you look up rates by city, zip code, or state. We selected California as the state and the image below is a partial screenshot of the results.

GSA Rates for Travel Nurses

As you can see, the first two columns are for Primary Destinations and Counties. Primary destinations are cities and if you aren’t able to find a a particular city on the table then you defer to the county in which the city resides.

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The next column is for lodging and it’s broken down into 12 sub-categories for each month of the year. You’ll notice that the lodging column says, “Max lodging by Month (excluding taxes).” This confuses many people who wonder if the quoted rate is for the entire month or per day. It’s for each day of the month.

The reason they have lodging broken down by the month is to account for seasonal price variations. For example, take a look at Eureka/Arcata/McKinleyville and Mammoth Lakes. You’ll notice rate spikes during their peak seasons because these are popular vacation destinations during these times, but relatively mellow during the rest of the year.

The final column is for Meals and Incidental Expenditures, commonly referred to as M&IE. This is one simple column signifying the maximum amount for each day.

To calculate the maximum reimbursement allowed for lodging or M&IE simply multiply the provided figure by the number of days. So if you want to calculate a monthly total, then multiply the daily value by the number of days in the month. If you want to calculate the weekly total, then multiply the daily value by 7. For example, using the figures in the image above, you could be reimbursed up to $3,100 for lodging expenses in the month of December in Death Valley. And you could be reimbursed up to $322 per week for M&IE. Of course, this assumes that you want to spend the winter in Death Valley :-).

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Of course, $3,100 per month for lodging in Death Valley is a sizable chunk of change. That figure gets even bigger when we look at cities like San Francisco and Santa Monica. In fact, San Francisco’s daily lodging rate is $219 for much of the year, so the monthly total would be about $6,570! Add that to the total monthly value of $2,130 for M&IE and that’s a maximum of $8,700 per month for reimbursements.

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The important thing to remember here is that these are the maximum values that can be reimbursed. Missing this crucial point can lead to confusion. For example, sometimes people get the understanding that these are the minimum values, or that it’s somehow required that these values be paid to travelers. Some even get the understanding that these Per Diem rates are actually paid to agencies by the hospital or even the government so if the agency isn’t passing this much onto the traveler then the agency is pocketing a bunch of cash.   None of this is the case.

Instead, what the agency is able to pay is based strictly on the bill rate for the assignment in question. The bill rate is the hourly amount that the agency can charge for the traveler’s time at the hospital. Bill rates are typically set by the contract between the hospital and the agency. Bill rates typically vary by specialty and sometimes there are variations for years of experience or “crisis” situations. In any case, the amount that the agency has to pay for lodging and M&IE are constricted by the bill for the assignment. After all, the agency can’t pay out more than it’s bringing in or they would go out of business.

For example, let’s consider an assignment in San Francisco with a bill rate of $70 per hour, which is probably a bit more than the average for that city at this time. Now let’s say the agency pays $25 per hour for the taxable base rate and provides medical benefits and a travel stipend which would bring the total hourly value for these three variables to about $33 per hour.

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Now, the maximum per diem rates for San Francisco come out to $55.76 per hour all by themselves assuming that the contract is for 36 hours per week. If the agency paid that in addition to the $33 per hour, then the total hourly value to $86.76 which is much higher than the $70 bill rate. Instead, the agency will determine how much they have left over for the lodging and M&IE stipends after accounting for the base rate and other benefits.

Why don’t agencies pay higher stipends and lower taxable rates?

This leaves many travelers wondering why the agency doesn’t just pay a really low taxable base rate, like $10 per hour, and give them the rest in tax-free lodging and M&IE payments. The reason is that IRS regulations require agencies to pay a reasonable wage to their  employees. A reasonable wage is one that would be accepted under normal circumstances by someone with a similar professional status.

Ten years ago, there were swaths of agencies that were paying their travelers really low hourly rates and really high stipends either because they were unaware of the regulations or because they just didn’t care and were willing to take the risk to gain an advantage over their competitors. However, the IRS has cracked down in recent years leaving few agencies willing to take the risk. Besides, recent IRS cases have demonstrated that travelers are also at risk for penalties when they’re paid extremely low taxable base rates.

If your stipends are more than you spend, do you have to pay taxes on the difference?

Before we answer the next questions, it’s important to note that we are not tax advisers. So this is for informational purposes only and doesn’t constitute legal advice. There are many great tax advisers out there who specialize in taxes for travel nurses . Additionally, travel nurses must qualify to receive tax free reimbursements or all of the tax-free payments will be taxable on the traveler’s tax return. Finally, travelers must save copies of their contracts because they provide proof of the terms and that the working engagement was temporary. With that in mind…

Despite the fact that agencies rarely pay the maximum per diem rates, travelers are still often paid more than they actually spend on lodging or M&IE. This leaves many wondering if they are required to pay taxes on the difference. The simple answer is no, you don’t have to pay taxes on the difference.

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However, there are differences between the two classifications. With M&IE, the traveler is not required to demonstrate that the expenses even occurred. It’s just assumed that you’re going to eat and drink. However, with lodging, the traveler should be able to demonstrate that at least some expenses occurred. So having a copy of the lease or your bank statements showing the payments is recommended.

If you’re reimbursed less than the maximum for lodging and M&IE and you spend more, can you write off the difference?

As demonstrated above, it’s likely that travel nurses receive stipends that are lower than the maximum GSA rates. And in some cases, the traveler may actually end up spending more for lodging and/or M&IE than they’re being reimbursed for. For example, the traveler may be paid $250 per week for M&IE which is only a little more than $20 per day. If you eat out at restaurants often, then you can quickly spend more than that in most major metropolitan areas.

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This begs the question, can the difference be cited as a deduction when filing your tax returns? Currently, the simple answer is no. Unfortunately, the federal government modified the tax code in 2018 and did away with tax write offs for business expenses.

We hope you found this information useful. As always, we would love to hear your questions and comments, or have you share your experience with this topic by posting in the comments section below!

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Are you one hundred percent sure i don’t have to pay taxes or declare it as an income to the difference or the stipend leftover?

Please note that we are not registered tax advisers and are only providing this for informational purposes. You’ll need to seek the advice of a registered professional to discuss your particular scenario in order to be certain. That said, if you have a legitimate tax home, and can show proof of lodging expenses, then you are not responsible for taxes on per diems (tax-free reimbursements for lodging expanses and meals and incidental expenses) as long as the amount given to you is less than the amount allowed by the GSA. I hope this helps!

How long can I stay at one facility? Can I stay in the same town if I change facilities?

Thanks for the inquiry, Brett! Before answering, I have to let you know that we’re not tax advisers, so this is for informational purposes only. We recommend speaking with a certified professional to discuss you unique circumstances. That said, there is no steadfast rule, but there general guidelines based on IRS revenue rulings. First, the facility is irrelevant. The rules apply to the municipal region. Second, if you pay duplicate expenses at your tax-home, then you should not work in the same municipal region for more than 12 months in a rolling 24 month period. If you do, then your tax-home will change to that location and you’ll owe taxes for the duration. Third, if you do not pay duplicate expenses at your tax-home, then you should not work in any one municipal region for longer than you work and pay taxes at your declared tax-home in any rolling 12 month period. Otherwise, your tax home can shift to that location or you could be deemed an itinerant worker.

We have four articles on this topic that go into greater detail for travel nurses. Links are below. I hope this helps!

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I am ready to begin my travel career but I want to make sure I understand the negotiating part. I have viewed some packages from different agencies and they all seem consistent with each other. So where does negotiating come in to play? Thank you, Debbie from Ohio

Congratulations and thanks for sharing, Debbie! It sounds as though negotiations have already begun. In fact, our take is that it’s best to keep negotiating in mind during every conversation you have with a recruiter/agency. For example, when responding to a common recruitment question like, “How much are you looking to make?” Negotiation can be as subtle as jokingly saying something like, “Well, I’d like to make a million dollars, but I’ll settle for the best pay package you can offer me.” We have many articles on this topic and we even have a free eBook with over 70 pages of content. Here are some links. We hope this helps!

Negotiation Research Travel Nurses Ought To Know About Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Negotiating Strength as a Travel Nurse Travel Nurse Negotiation eBook Should You Get Raises and Bonuses for Travel Nursing Contract Extensions?

Thank you! Any and all help is appreciated!

This was so informative and thorough, It really helped me to understand some ways to negotiate my compensation in my travel contracts and what to expect and what not to expect as far as reimbursements, it also gave me a great resource to help during tax time to possibly recoup some of my expenses such as lodging, meals and incidentals, that I may not get covered in my contract. The article also made me aware of my Tax home and how to maintain it in a way that I will not get screwed at tax time, Thank you so much.

Thanks for the kind words, Anna! We’re happy to hear the information was useful. Please let us know if there are any unanswered questions we can address. If you’re interested in learning more about negotiation, we’ll be a releasing a free eBook with over 50 pages of tips and information on travel nursing pay negotiation. Connect with us on Facebook for updates!

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You’ve probably heard it time and time again: you can make serious money from travel nursing. You’ve also probably gotten a headache trying to make sense of your travel nursing compensation package. But that good salary makes it worth your while to figure out the ins and outs of your compensation package.

A compensation package includes:

  • Housing stipend or agency-provided lodging
  • Travel stipend
  • Meals and incidentals stipend
  • Medical insurance stipend or agency-provided coverage

Ready? Here’s everything you need to know about travel nursing compensation.

First, before you pull out your calculators and dig into the numbers, take a moment to reframe the way you look at compensation.

Your values determine your value

There’s no one-size-fits all travel nursing salary package. What you want in a compensation package depends on what you want for your life.

  • If you are traveling to a city where your great aunt has a summer home you can live in, you’ll go for the housing stipend instead of free housing.
  • If you are on your spouse’s health insurance, you’ll pick higher pay over medical benefits.
  • If you want to work hard to earn as much money as quickly as possible, you’ll prioritize generous overtime pay.

Think deeply about what you need and what you don’t before signing on the dotted line.

Stick to big picture accounting

Throughout all industries, when new employees are offered pay packages, they get stuck on a single number — that annual salary figure. Those five or six digits can represent so much: what your work is worth, the kind of life you can lead, and the possibility of attaining your future goals.

But, that number alone can be tricky.

A high salary figure is so attractive that you may overlook a poor benefits package, no overtime pay, or no vacation days.

And a low salary figure is so deflating that you may miss the true monetary and lifestyle advantages of bonuses, tax-free money, and generous overtime.

In short, a salary figure is never the complete story. When evaluating your travel nursing pay rate, you want to focus on big picture accounting :

Think of the big picture as a puzzle, made up of a lot of little pieces. Let’s take a close look at each of those little puzzle pieces to figure out how they fit into the whole.

The pay rate (also called base rate) is the piece of the puzzle people talk about the most. You see pay rates posted in job ads, in emails from your staffing agency, and in articles about travel nursing salaries.

Simply put, the pay rate is the hourly rate that a staffing agency charges for a travel nurse’s time. These rates may vary widely from hospital to hospital. A single agency may even have different pay rates within the same hospital.

Some folks may even try to convince you that the pay rate is the entire picture — but you know better.

Think of pay rates much in the same way that you think of the price of an airline ticket. Many factors influence fluctuation in price of a seat, from environmental influences to the natural ebb and flow in demand. Airline prices are notoriously difficult to predict with any degree of specificity. And two nearly identical seats may come with very different price tags.

The same is true of travel nursing pay rates. Everything from patient demand to a single staff member’s extended maternity leave can influence a given unit’s pay rate for travel nurses. It’s hard to generalize pay rates by location — one hospital may have a pay rate of $44/hour, while a different hospital in the same city may pay only $37/hour. Even for nearly identical positions, you may be offered very different pay rates.

And, in the same way there are a lot of different kinds of airline rates — from first class to business class to coach plus to basic coach, from bereavement fares to military rates to package deals that include airfare — there are many different kinds of pay rates. Here are a few.

  • Standard rates are the most common type of pay rate. A hospital and an agency will determine a set rate for each specialty that the agency staffs.
  • Specialized rates are generally set alongside standard rates and run about $2-$8/hour higher than standard rates. They reward specialties that a hospital considers highly advanced.
  • Negotiated rates are less common than the above types of pay rates. When a hospital is interested in a nurse with a particularly necessary set of skills or a high level of experience, they may negotiate higher rates to gain the nurse’s services.
  • Overtime rates are the hourly rates hospitals pay their agency nurses for hours worked over the contract hours.

Bonuses can sweeten your travel nursing salary package. These can come from the hospital, the agency, or both. Here are the primary types of bonuses that you may receive:

  • Sign-on bonuses are typically offered by the hospital. Since these are the highest-risk bonus given by the hospital (since there’s no guarantee of contract completion), big sign-on bonuses may be offered when hospitals are having a particularly difficult time filling positions.
  • Completion bonuses are hospital-provided bonuses that you receive once you’ve completed all the contract hours. These may be used to give you extra incentive to finish out a contract. Both sign-on and completion bonuses are generally paid first to your agency and then to you, so keep this in mind when evaluating your cash flow.
  • Referral bonuses are agency-provided bonuses that encourage you to bring your nurse friends along with you on the travel nursing ride.
  • Contract extension bonuses are the prize you get for staying on at a certain hospital. Often provided by the agency, contract extension bonuses often make more economic sense for agencies than sourcing and hiring new nurses. It’s a win-win.

Things to keep in mind about bonuses:

  • Don’t confuse bonuses and stipends. Bonuses are not tax-free money and are often taxed at a higher rate than your hourly wage.
  • Find out when you’ll get your bonus. Bonuses may come at any point during your contract — don’t confused expectations impact your cash flow.
  • Read the fine print. Bonuses may come with requirements and stipulations. For example, a hospital may require you to make up any missed hours before you can receive a completion bonus.
  • Ask and you shall receive. Bonuses are an expected part of your package. Though they are called bonuses , they are not extra. You are counting on them as income. Ask your agency to clarify anything that confuses you so you understand everything about them.

Tax-free income

The next piece of the puzzle is tax-free income. This is the treasure chest of additional income that can make travel nursing such a lucrative career. Temporary housing stipends and meals and incidental stipends are the primary forms this treasure takes. But, the treasure map to get you to these goodies is complex, requiring a little knowledge of the ways of tax codes and regulations.

Make sure you’re eligible for tax-free treasures

A little background: this tax-free income is offered to all workers who travel as part of their jobs. It’s why everyone, from office assistants to CEOs, are reimbursed for job-related travel expenses. These employees generally fall under the tax category of permanent employees who travel as part of their job. Some nurses fall under this category, too. Say a nurse has a permanent position that regularly schedules her for 5 days on, 6 days off. If, during her days off, she works as a travel nurse to earn extra income, she will be eligible for the tax-free stipends and reimbursements that her agency offers.

The vast majority of travel nurses, though, do not have another permanent gig. If you travel for a living, you must meet two criteria with the IRS to receive tax-free money: you must be deemed a temporary worker, and you must have a permanent tax home.

Maintain temporary worker status

To be designated a temporary worker, you must not work in any one location for more than a year. This extends not just to an individual hospital, but also to a single metro area. If you work two different travel nursing contracts in the same city for more than 12 months within a 24-month period, you will likely be deemed a permanent employee of the area and will be taxed for any stipends or reimbursements that you received.

Maintain a tax home

No matter where you are in your travel nursing career, you’ve probably heard quite a bit about the importance of a tax home. The IRS uses the phrase tax home to define the primary place where a taxpayer does business. Rather than referring to a place of residence, it refers to the general urban or municipal area where you earn most of your money.

For example, if a traditional, non-traveling nurse works full-time at a hospital in Minneapolis, her tax home is not her ranch-style home at 123 Fablecrest Avenue. Her tax home is Minneapolis.

To have a permanent tax home, you must meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • You earn significant income in the city, town, or metro area that is your tax home.
  • Your expenses are duplicated due to traveling for work.
  • You have not abandoned your tax home to travel for work.

Collect your tax-free funds and benefits

Now that you know you’re eligible, the different tax-free reimbursements are a big part of what makes a travel nurse pay package attractive. There are three primary areas in which tax-free stipends come into play: temporary housing stipends, travel stipends, and meals and incidentals stipends.

Temporary housing stipends

Of course, you’ll need an excellent place to live during your travel nursing gig. You can go with agency-provided housing or choose to receive a tax-free housing stipend to offset the cost of your housing.

What you choose will depend on your priorities and preferences. If you want to avoid the hassle of securing your own lease, paying a deposit, and dealing with a landlord, you’ll likely opt for agency-provided housing. You’ll get a fully furnished place to live for your gig, hassle-free.

If you want to choose the place you live and have more say over what neighborhood you spend your off-duty time in, you’ll likely go for the housing stipend.

Travel stipends

In the same way that a hospital exec would never have to pay their own airfare to go to a medical conference, you should never pay for your job-related airfare, rental car, or other modes of transportation. Your agency will provide you with a tax-free travel stipend to offset any costs you incur traveling from gig to gig.

Meals and incidental expenses stipends

You know that traveling for pleasure is expensive. From baggage fees to overpriced airline lunches, airports and airlines will get you every time. Sometimes, it seems that every move you make during air travel costs you another $10 or $20.

Though there are ways to save money while traveling, you will inevitably rack up some incidentals. Fortunately, your agency will offer you reimbursement for your travel expenses. To avoid the time-consuming and laborious process of collecting logs of detailed travel costs (and to prevent you from having to keep track of each cent you spend while on the road), most agencies will provide you with a meals and incidental expenses stipend, tax-free.

Medical benefits

Medical benefits make up another piece of the pay puzzle. Somewhat similar to temporary housing options, most travel nurses go one of two routes when it comes to medical insurance: agency-provided coverage or securing their own insurance with a reimbursement from the agency.

Once you have all of these pieces, you can take a good look at the big picture. Each assignment, you’ll be able to make the best decision for yourself and your career.

Looking for more info on pay rates? Check out our blog on the 8 different kinds of pay rates that may affect your travel nursing salary .

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Student nurses and midwives to get extra accommodation, meal and uniform allowances

STUDENT NURSES AND midwives will be paid at 80% of the payscale of a starting staff nurse or midwife during their final-year internships, under plans approved by Cabinet today.

Students will also receive an €80 nightly rate for accommodation up to €300 per week for those who are away from their normal place of residence while attending practice placements.

Student nurses and midwives in years one to three of their studies will each receive €500 per year as a targeted measure to contribute towards meeting the extra costs of meals associated with practice placements outside the student’s core placement site.

Student nurses and midwives will also be able to avail of, on a vouched basis, the reasonable cost of uniform laundry services during periods of overnight accommodation.

Two additional uniforms for student nurses and midwives will also be provided at the start of their internship.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said he was pleased to be introducing the enhanced Travel and Subsistence Scheme for student nurses and midwives.

“For student nurses and midwives on their final-year internship, I am ensuring that their salary is set in line with the recommendation of the McHugh Report, by increasing their rate of pay to 80% of point one of the staff nurse/midwife pay scale – this measure, worth €3.6 million, demonstrates further our commitment to retaining talent throughout our nursing and midwifery degree programmes, and our appreciation for the effort and dedication shown by students during their crucial final-year internships,” he said. 

Donnelly said the enhanced Travel and Subsistence supports for all eligible student nurses and midwives will be backdated to the start of the current academic year, September 2022. 

The INMO has welcomed the new measures, stating that it is important in the context of supporting student nurses and midwives but also in building measures to retain them on qualification. 

INMO student and new graduate officer Roisin O’Connell said:

“Students are affected by the same cost-of-living challenges as their qualified colleagues, with many of them struggling to meet the costs of transportation, fuel, heating, accommodation, and other necessities for completing their training. This includes the cost of accommodation away from home during placements, which is simply unaffordable for students.”

Travel is a big part of student placements, but some students will have to pay for accommodation in two places, she said. The supports to help with expenses and uniforms “will mean a lot to our student members”. 

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Student nurses pay deal approved for €100 weekly accommodation allowance

Cabinet extends existing weekly pandemic placement grant, costing €5.7m.

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The Cabinet has agreed to new pay measures for student nurses which will see a new accommodation allowance of €100 from next January.

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly briefed Ministers on a new report looking at longer term options for student nurses and midwives pay.

He received Cabinet approval to extend the existing €100 weekly pandemic placement grant until the end of next March. This will cost €5.7 million, it is understood.

The report recommended a scheme of reimbursement for travel and subsistence costs relating to clinical placements.

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It is understood Mr Donnelly will bring further proposals to Government on this for the 2022/2023 academic year but as an interim measure a revised vouched accommodation cap of €100 per week, up from €50.70, will apply from January 1st next.

This can be backdated to the beginning of the academic year which started this September. Mr Donnelly also told Cabinet he is developing proposals on the recommendation in relation to intern pay to apply to 4th year intern student nurses and midwives who are paid employees during placement.

As a temporary measure while these proposals are finalised, these final year students on intern placement will receive 50 per cent of the Pandemic Placement Grant, which is €50 per week. The estimated total cost of the proposals is almost €12.1 million.

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Cabinet agrees extra allowances for student nurses and midwives in €9m package

Cabinet agrees extra allowances for student nurses and midwives in €9m package

Under plans agreed by Cabinet, nurses and midwives are to get extra allowances for meals and subsistence, as part of a €9m package.

Student nurses and midwives are to receive €500 a year during years one to three of their studies, to cover the extra costs of meals associated with practice placements outside of the student's core placement site.

This was first recommended in the McHugh Report, which was published in April 2021. 

A new rate of €80 for overnight accommodation is also being introduced.

There will also be an increased weekly cap of €300 for students who need accommodation away from their normal place of residence while attending practice placements.

Those benefiting from the payments can also avail of the reasonable cost of uniform laundry services, during periods of overnight accommodation, on a vouched basis.

They will also get two extra uniforms at the start of their internship.

Pay is to be reinstated at 80% of first-year staff nurse/midwife pay scale for internship students.

The enhanced travel and subsistence supports agreed by Government will be backdated to the start of the current academic year from September 2022.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has welcomed the long-awaited supports approved by Cabinet.

It said these measures are an important step in supporting student nurses and midwives, but also in building measures to retain them on qualification.

"Students are affected by the same cost-of-living challenges as their qualified colleagues, with many of them struggling to meet the costs of transportation, fuel, heating, accommodation, and other necessities for completing their training," INMO Student and New Graduate Officer Roisin O’Connell said.

"Travel is a big part of student placements, but some students will have to pay for accommodation in two places. Supports for these really significant expenses and for uniforms will mean a lot to our student members," she added.

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Comprehensive Guide to Housing Stipend for Travel Nurses

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As a travel nurse, one of the most important things to consider is housing. While some travel nurses are provided with housing by their employers, most receive a housing stipend as part of their compensation. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about travel nursing housing stipends, from understanding your pay package to navigating housing options and making the most of your stipend.

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Understanding Travel Nursing Pay Package

Travel nursing jobs have become increasingly popular in the United States, with many travel nurse agencies offering competitive packages to attract talented professionals. A travel nursing pay package typically includes various components that contribute to the overall compensation received by a travel nurse.

Understanding these components is essential for travel nurses who are evaluating different travel assignment offers from various agencies. This will ensure they make well-informed decisions and optimize their overall compensation and financial advantages.

Components of Travel Nursing Jobs Compensation

Several factors determine the compensation package offered to travel nurses. These include regular hourly pay, bill rates, overtime, non-taxed benefits, bonuses, and travel nurse housing stipends. Each component plays a crucial role in the total pay package and facilitates the travel nurse's overall experience during their travel assignment.

While the salary or hourly pay is the primary component, it is important to assess the other benefits like housing stipend, travel nurse taxes, and other reimbursements. This comprehensive evaluation provides a better understanding of the true value of a travel nursing job offer.

Travel Nurse Taxes and Deductions

A travel nurse's taxable income usually consists of regular hourly pay, overtime, and bonuses. Travel nurse agencies may offer non-taxed benefits. These include travel reimbursements, housing stipends, meals, and incidental per diem allowances.

It is essential to understand the tax regulations surrounding these non-taxed benefits, as they often depend on whether the travel nurse maintains a permanent tax home. If the travel nurse does not have a permanent tax home, these non-taxed benefits may be subject to tax, impacting the overall net income. It is advisable to consult a financial expert experienced in travel nurse taxes to ensure compliance with tax laws and to optimize tax deductions.

Factors Affecting Travel Nursing Pay

Several factors impact the compensation offered in travel nursing jobs. These factors include geographical location, bill rate, nursing experience and specialty, agency policies, and market demand for nursing professionals. Travel nurses with in-demand skills and experience may command higher salaries and better benefits compared to those with less experience or without a specialized skill set.

Similarly, travel nursing assignments in cities like San Diego, where the cost of living is high, may offer higher bill rates and housing stipends than assignments in smaller, less-expensive cities. Travel nurses should keep these factors in mind while evaluating different job offers.

Exploring Travel Nurse Housing Stipends

One of the major attractions of pursuing travel nursing as a career is the possibility of having a housing stipend provided as part of the compensation package. Depending on the arrangement with the travel nurse agency, a housing stipend can either be provided as a free stipend or a paid stipend.

Furthermore, several travel nurse agencies have partnerships with housing providers, offering different accommodation options. For a travel nurse, understanding the nuances of housing stipends is essential to make the best decision regarding their accommodation during a travel assignment and to avoid unnecessary expenses.

Types of Travel Nurse Housing Stipends

Two primary types of travel nurse housing stipends are widely offered by travel nurse agencies: free housing stipends and paid housing stipends. Free housing stipends are accommodations provided by the agency at no additional cost to the travel nurse, while a paid housing stipend is a specified sum allocated to the travel nurse to cover housing costs.

The average housing stipend varies depending on factors such as the location of the assignment and the cost of living in that area. Many agencies follow the GSA rates established by the General Services Administration to determine the appropriate stipend amount for a particular location.

Free Stipends vs. Paid Stipends

Free housing stipends can be quite advantageous for travel nurses who do not wish to deal with the hassle of finding accommodation during their travel assignment. These agency-arranged accommodations are typically fully furnished, providing a convenient and hassle-free option for travel nurses.

Paid housing stipends, on the other hand, give travel nurses more control over their choice of accommodation. Travel nurses may prefer to have a paid housing stipend and find their own housing, as it allows them to select an accommodation that meets their personal preferences and possibly even save money if they can find a rental for less than the allotted stipend amount.

Making the Most of Your Housing Stipend

Housing stipends are a significant financial advantage in travel nursing. To make the most of this benefit, travel nurses should evaluate their personal preferences, budget, and lifestyle needs before deciding on an accommodation option. If they are confident in finding their own housing, taking the paid housing stipend can be an excellent choice with the potential to pocket some extra savings.

Furthermore, travel nurses should also keep in mind the potential tax implications of their housing stipends and reimbursements, as housing allowance that complies with the tax laws may remain non-taxable. Legal tax deductions can significantly impact the overall net income and can help amplify the financial advantages of a travel nursing career.

Navigating Travel Nurse Housing Options

Travel nurses in the United States often face unique challenges when it comes to finding suitable housing on short notice. As a travel nurse in San Diego or any other city, understanding the available housing options and how to find them can help make the transition to a new travel assignment much smoother. This article will discuss various tips and resources to explore to make finding the perfect travel nurse housing a breeze.

Tips for Finding Suitable Accommodations

When it comes to travel nurse housing, there are several factors that must be considered. Here are some tips to help you navigate the process efficiently:

1. Know your budget and preferences: Before beginning your search, have a clear understanding of your budget for housing and consider factors such as the proximity to your workplace, your preferred neighborhood, and desired amenities. This will make it easier to find accommodations that meet your needs and are within your budget.

2. Utilize your travel nurse agency: Many travel nurse agencies offer assistance with finding housing or provide a housing stipend. Talk to your recruiter about your options and what resources the agency may have available. They may have partnerships with housing providers, negotiated discounted rates, or be able to provide you with a list of preferred accommodation options in the San Diego area or any other location you are headed to.

3. Find out about GSA rates: The General Services Administration (GSA) provides daily lodging rates for federal employees traveling for work. These rates may be used as a guideline by travel nurse agencies to determine housing stipends or discounts. Check out your destination city's GSA rates to have an idea of the average housing stipend and be better prepared to negotiate with your agency or landlord.

4. Explore social media groups and online forums: Fellow travel nurses are often a treasure trove of information. Look for Facebook groups or online forums dedicated to travel nursing, where you can ask questions, seek recommendations, and connect with other nurses who have faced similar challenges. This online community can provide invaluable insight and support as you navigate to find suitable accommodations.

5. Be flexible and open to different types of housing: While it may be tempting to search exclusively for your ideal housing situation, being open to different types of accommodations may help you secure housing more quickly and within your budget. Consider options such as short-term rentals, extended-stay hotels, sublets, room rentals, and even RV living.

Resources for Travel Nurse Housing

Finding suitable housing for your travel nurse assignment can be daunting, but there are various resources available to help simplify the process. Some popular resources for travel nurse housing include:

1. Travel Nurse Agency: As mentioned earlier, many travel nurse agencies offer assistance with housing or provide a stipend to cover your accommodation costs. Your agency may have exclusive access to specific housing options or have partnerships with housing providers, making this your go-to resource for accommodation information.

2. Furnished Finder: Furnished Finder is a popular website designed specifically for travel nurses and other traveling healthcare professionals. Search for furnished accommodations using filters such as location, price, and amenities to find the perfect match for your needs.

3. Airbnb: Airbnb offers short-term rental options in homes, apartments, and private rooms worldwide. With an extensive array of listings, you can find accommodations that fit your budget and preferences while also experiencing a more authentic, local living experience.

4. Extended Stay Hotels: For nurses who prefer hotel amenities, there are several extended-stay hotel options available. These hotels often offer discounted rates for travelers on longer stays and typically include amenities like a fitness center, on-site laundry, and a full kitchen.

5. Craigslist: Though it might require more effort than using a housing-specific website, Craigslist is a popular resource for travelers looking to sublet an apartment or rent a room. Be cautious when using this platform and verify the information before committing to any rental agreements.

Pros and Cons of Different Housing Arrangements

Each housing option comes with its pros and cons, and evaluating these factors will help you make the best decision for your travel assignment. Here are some advantages and disadvantages to consider for various accommodation types:

1. Agency-Provided Housing:

Pros: Convenience of not having to search for housing, may include the option for free stipends or bill rate adjustments, and support from the agency if issues arise with accommodations.

Cons: Limited control over housing options, may not be the most cost-effective choice, and the possibility of sharing accommodations with other travel nurses.

2. Short-Term Rentals:

Pros: More control over choosing accommodations that align with personal preferences, a chance for a more authentic local experience, and flexibility to switch housing in case of dissatisfaction.

Cons: May be less cost-effective, the time-consuming process of searching for and securing housing, and limited support if issues arise with accommodations.

3. Extended Stay Hotels:

Pros: Access to hotel amenities, the convenience of not having to search for housing, and seamless transition between assignments without the need to relocate belongings.

Cons: May become expensive over time, limited interaction with the local community, and potentially sharing accommodations with other travel nurses.

4. Room Rentals/Sublets:

Pros: Cost-effective, the possibility of living with locals and gaining a true insight into the community, and flexibility to move between assignments.

Cons: Less control over roommates, limited availability of these types of arrangements, and not as private or secure as other housing options.

Ultimately, considering your preferences, budget, and desired level of involvement in finding and securing accommodations will guide you in deciding which type of travel nurse housing is the best fit for you. By utilizing the tips and resources provided in this article, you are well on your way to finding the perfect home away from home during your travel nursing assignments.

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If you are receiving support from the NHS Learning Support Fund , you can claim expenses for the additional costs of travel to placement if the return journey to your placement is more than your normal daily return travel costs to university. More information about Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses funding is available on the NHSBSA website . Please also read the Guide for students and universities . Important to know:  If you’re submitting a travel claim, please remember to download your Oyster card history or receive it via email from TfL ; otherwise you can only see a maximum of 8 weeks into the past. Can I use my own vehicle to travel to placements? You may only use your own vehicle to travel to placement in exceptional circumstances, and you must contact the Programmes Team and be approved before you use your own vehicle. No refund of mileage will be made to students who have not been approved in this way. If you choose to use your own vehicle for travel during a community placement, you must confirm with the placements team that you have business cover through your insurance company before you begin the placement activity.

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Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses

Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses (TDAE) provides reimbursement of excess travel or accommodation costs incurred due to undertaking practical training on a clinical placement.

How to claim TDAE

You must first make an application , and be accepted for, the £5,000 Training Grant in order to be able to claim any of the other NHS LSF allowances, including TDAE. 

Once you have done this, you can download a TDAE claim form from your NHS LSF account at any time during the academic year. Completed claims should be handed in or sent to your university as soon as possible, along with any relevant invoices or receipts. Your university will be able to advise you on how and when to do this.

We aim to process all eligible TDAE claims within 20 working days of receipt.

You have a maximum of 6 months from the last date of the placement period you’re claiming for to submit your claim.

From 1 September 2023 - New rates have been introduced for excess Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses

You could claim:

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  • £37.50 per night for non commercial accommodation (for example, with a friend or relative, but not parents)

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Travel Nurse Pay Breakdown: A Guide to Figuring Out What You’re Really Earning

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Are you a staff nurse and considering transitioning to travel nursing? 

Maybe you’re confused by the travel nurse pay breakdown. 

Or you may be a new travel nurse who’s having difficulty calculating your salary. 

There are so many factors with travel nursing that affect your salary and overall pay — it can become overwhelming and confusing. 

We can help. 

We’ve broken things down to make it easy to get the facts. In this article, you will learn:

  • How a travel nurse salary is calculated
  • Things to think about regarding travel nurse pay packages
  • The importance of maintaining an IRS tax home; and

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2 things to consider when calculating your travel nurse pay package, how is a travel nurse salary calculated, 2 sample travel nursing pay packages, 3 other compensations that could be part of your travel nurse contract, things to think about regarding your travel nurse pay package, the importance of maintaining an irs tax home for travel nurses, let trusted nurse staffing help you find the best travel nurse pay for a dream job and adventure rolled into one.

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Travel nursing pay packages are quite complex. A few factors are included that aren’t seen in typical compensation packages.

Let’s take a look at two things to consider when calculating your travel nurse pay package.

#1: The Travel Nursing Contract Bill Rate

The bill rate is the starting point for all travel nurse pay packages.

Bill rates are the hourly rates an agency can charge a hospital for the travel nurse’s services. They differ depending on the hospital and contract, and travel nurses may not be aware of the bill rate between the agency and the hospital.

#2: Travel Nursing Contract Time Variables

We must also consider the travel nursing contract’s time variables. 

Our focus needs to be on the number of contracted hours per week and the number of weeks in the contract. This is important since different contracts have different time variables. 

For example, you can find 36-hours per week contracts and others for 40-hours per week. In addition, some contracts last 13-weeks, while others last just eight.

Comparing travel nursing pay packages is an essential step in understanding travel nurse pay breakdown and deciding whether to accept a particular job. 

There are online travel nurse pay calculators that can help with this, but it is also essential to calculate without this tool.

Exciting news! 

Trusted Nurse Staffing is in beta testing a new app that will show the estimated weekly take-home pay. This includes the hourly rate and stipends (not broken down). Feel free to reach out to us for more information on the details of your individual travel nurse pay breakdown. 

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Let’s look at two samples to help you estimate your travel nurse pay stub.

An agency has offered 468 anticipated hours for a 13-week assignment, with 36 regular hours per week.

Taxable base rate: $25/hour

Tax-free housing stipend: $1700/month (paid weekly)

Tax-free M&IE stipend: $200/week

An agency has offered 468 anticipated hours for a 13-week assignment, with 36 regular hours per week. 

Taxable base rate: $17/hour

Tax-free housing stipend: $2000/month (paid weekly)

Tax-free M&IE stipend: $275/week

Our first step is to break down the monthly housing stipend into a weekly figure. It is highly recommended that you have your recruiter perform this calculation for you so that there are no misunderstandings.

Assuming the agency is portraying this figure correctly, you can then multiply the monthly figure by three and divide it by 13 to get the weekly figure. 

For Sample #1, we are looking at $392.31. 

For Sample #2, we are looking at $461.54. Three months equal 13 weeks, and there are 4.33 weeks in a month.

Our next step is to calculate the taxes that will be deducted from the paycheck . To accomplish this, we need two things:

  • Gross weekly taxable wage —  Multiply the taxable base rate by the number of contracted weekly hours. For Sample #1, we are looking at $900 per week. For Sample #2, we are looking at $612 per week.
  • Estimated taxes payable on weekly taxable income — Recruitment companies and travel nurses may estimate the tax burden based on a ballpark tax rate. For our purpose, let’s calculate that the tax burden is 20%, so that we will multiply the gross weekly taxable wage by 20%. For Sample #1, we are looking at $180. For Sample #2, we are looking at $122.40.

Our last step is to calculate net pay. To do this: 

  • Subtract the expected weekly taxes from the expected wages.
  • Add the balance to the total weekly tax-free stipends.

For Sample #1, we are looking at $900 – $180 = $720 + $592.31 = $1,312.31 net weekly pay. 

For Sample #2, we are looking at $612 – $122.40 = $489.60 + 736.54 =  $1,226.14 net weekly pay.

At Trusted Nurse Staffing , we know that the travel nurse pay breakdown can be confusing. That’s why our nurses can always ask to see their pay breakdowns. When an assignment is accepted, a package-specific list will be sent.

#1: Non-Taxable Travel Nurse Pay

The infamous “ tax advantage plan ” is the most enticing promotion travel nursing agencies use to get you in the door. This essentially means that if you are traveling for work, certain expenses are tax-deductible, and certain reimbursements are not.

Some non-taxable expenses can be described as: 

  • Reimbursements; or
  • A combination of the three  

These non-taxable expenses typically include: 

  • Relocation expenses
  • Travel; and

The Disadvantages of Non-Taxable Stipend Pay

Stipend compensation that is not taxable sounds nice, but it has several drawbacks. A few of these include:

  • Social Security — Your taxable income decides how much money goes toward your Social Security retirement benefit via social security contributions — tax-free stipends are not included.
  • Workers Compensation   — This is figured as a percentage of your taxable income. As a result, if you are injured on the job, your worker’s compensation payments might be pretty modest.
  • Loans — Your taxable income influences your ability to borrow. Your taxable income will influence whether you are eligible to buy a new home, automobile, or anything else that requires financing.
  • Future Salary Negotiations — Your tax-free income and resulting smaller W2 total may have an impact on your future compensation tax. Even though this is extremely unlikely, it is possible.

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#2: Flex Pay or Rigid Pay

Rigid pay packages are non-negotiable pay packages offered by travel nursing agencies. This type of pay package is when an agency is unwilling to mix and match the compensation variables.

A flexible pay package is exhibited when an agency offers a set of compensation variables that can be mixed and matched. With this type of pay package, you can add or subtract various non-taxable stipends.

Some of these non-taxable stipends might include: 

  • Retirement; and 
  • License reimbursements 

Flex pay has the advantage of lowering your hourly taxable base rate, while increasing your non-taxable earnings, by adding more benefits like 401K.

It’s worth noting that you might be able to negotiate a better salary contract in both circumstances. 

On the other hand, negotiating a higher package does not guarantee that the agency will mix and match the components. Instead, it simply means that the agency will increase the total package’s budget.

#3: Travel Nurse Overtime

Some travel nursing companies offer overtime with their contracts. 

Overtime fees are sometimes negotiated separately from the contracted hourly wage by some travel nurse agencies.  

Why? This is because the travel nursing agency covers all of your expenses and perks for the agreed number of hours. Therefore, any time you work above your contractual hours is merely a bonus for the travel nursing agency.

For overtime, most employers will pay you time and a half of your base salary (minus any tax-free amounts).

If you are thinking about negotiating for overtime pay, make sure you get a higher tax rate in exchange for lower non-taxable stipends if at all possible. This will allow you to receive the most bang for your buck.

Before making the switch to travel nursing, be aware t here are a few out-of-pocket expenses that travel nurses must consider that permanent staff nurses do not:

  • The majority of travel nursing agencies do not provide paid vacation time. Therefore, you will not be compensated if you take a vacation or take time off between assignments.
  • The majority of travel nurses are responsible for paying for their own qualifications.
  • Travel nursing agencies may or may not pay for your annual physical and tuberculosis tests.
  • If you want to take a cross-country assignment, your travel reimbursement may not be enough to cover the entire expense.

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To be eligible for non-taxable stipends or reimbursements, you must have a tax home as defined by the IRS. 

A tax home is defined as your primary residence. This is the one you maintain and pay for while on your travel assignment. The IRS prefers that a travel nurse complete an assignment and then return to their tax home. 

Most travel nursing agencies will want you to sign a document verifying that you have a tax home. If you do not have a permanent residence, you will be referred to as an itinerant worker . 

You will be expected to pay taxes on all income earned as an itinerant worker — including stipends and reimbursements. Make sure that any travel agencies you apply with know your itinerant status.

If you are a registered nurse who enjoys traveling and wants employment security and a good salary, a career as a travel nurse might be perfect for you.

At Trusted Nurse Staffing, our recruiters have accessibility to a variety of staffing agencies to help you find the work you are looking for. 

We are happy to: 

  • Customize your resume
  • Negotiate contracts; and

In addition, our team can help you with: 

  • Certifications
  • Training; and
  • Any other requirements

We want to assist you in finding the best travel nursing position for you, so get in touch with us today to get started.

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6 Tips for Negotiating Your Travel Nurse Contract

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  • Travel nurses earn more than their full-time colleagues, including nontaxable benefits and a higher salary.
  • Travel nurse contract negotiations can help improve a travel nurse’s salary or benefits package.
  • Nurses must begin by understanding how the pay is structured and work collaboratively with the recruiter to create a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Hospitals and clinics across the country have used travel nurses to fill vacant positions since the late 1970s. The practice grew throughout the pandemic when the nursing shortage, rising patient admissions, and nurses leaving the profession increased the need for healthcare providers.

The evolving healthcare landscape created an opportunity for nurses and a need for travel nurse contract negotiations to evolve with it. Check out these tips to help you negotiate your next travel nurse contract.

6 Tips for Negotiating Your Next Travel Nursing Contract

Travel nursing can be an adventurous and rewarding career. Travel nurses can see the world or the country as residents and not tourists. During the pandemic, the pay rate for travel nurses rose significantly. A 2022 survey from Kaufman Hall found labor expenses increased by 33% from prepandemic levels.

Much of that increase was from the need to hire more travel nurses, whose salary can be triple what their full-time colleagues are making. As the inpatient population begins to dip, so are these salaries. However, according to ZipRecruiter as of December 2022, travel nurses continue to make high salaries.

There are basic areas where travel nurses can negotiate in their assignment contracts. These include benefits, salary, tax-free money, and overtime. Before negotiating your next assignment contract, consider these tips.

1 | Understand Your Pay Rate

The most important part of negotiating your salary is understanding how your pay rate is determined. Agencies have a contract with facilities that sets how much the hospital pays the agency. This number is not negotiable. Your pay and the agency fee come out of this number.

In many instances, the agency will give you a “blended” number — an hourly rate that includes your pay after deducting taxes and adding the nontaxable reimbursements. Stan John , a travel registered nurse from Chicago, advises nurses to work with several agencies to find the best assignment.

Since each agency can use a different process to determine your pay rate, you must understand how your agency determines the blended rate to compare apples to apples.

2 | Don’t Advertise Your Bottom Line

Some negotiators advise that you stick to your bottom line. Yet, this can be unsuccessful with travel nurse contract negotiations. For example, you might pass on an assignment that doesn’t meet your financial bottom line when you don’t have another opportunity.

While you shouldn’t negotiate solely on your bottom line, it is important to know the number. Most recruiters will ask you what your bottom line is; you should keep that number private. Some experts argue that this will shorten negotiations. Others call it a ‘ glaring mistake .’

Instead, you must know all the information pertinent to this job. This gives you an indication of your goal for this assignment and helps you determine what is and is not a good offer.

However, John reminds nurses that it’s OK to make a mistake because it’s part of the learning process.

3 | Include Reimbursement for Travel Expenses

Agencies usually offer reimbursement for travel expenses based on the miles you travel to get to your assignment; some have a maximum allowance. However, travel from your home base to your contract assignment may cost more than the maximum allowance. This is another factor you can include in your travel nurse contract negotiations.

4 | Negotiate Other Reimbursements and Benefits

Travel nurse contracts include reimbursements that are not directly related to your pay rate. These reimbursements can include housing, stipends, and meals. Some agencies may also include reimbursements for scrubs, mass transit passes, and supplies.

As full-time employees in a healthcare institution, most registered nurses can get healthcare insurance. Travel nurses must carry their own health insurance or participate in the agency’s policy. See if the contract can include health insurance.

5 | Be Flexible

During your negotiations, it’s helpful to have a flexible approach to your pay rate and benefits. While some things may be nonnegotiable, it is important to have a dynamic approach and be prepared as a travel nurse to alter your position to find a win-win agreement.

Negotiation is a collaborative engagement with your travel nurse recruiter. You and your recruiter want the same thing: to reach the best agreement for the assignment. Flexibility means being open to various benefits or payment options to meet your needs.

6 | Don’t Be Afraid to Say No

Be prepared to trust your gut as you move through the negotiation process. It is OK to say no to an assignment if something doesn’t seem right. If you feel the contract terms are unfair, you’re expected to work more overtime than you want, or you aren’t getting the benefits you need, saying no may be your best option.

Remember to discuss your concerns with your travel recruiter and have realistic expectations. John recommends travel nurses also consider the nurse-to-patient ratios at the desired location. While this may change after your arrival, you should not be expected to work in an unsafe environment.

If the agency is unwilling to negotiate, it may be time to walk away and find another travel nurse agency. During your travel nurse contract negotiations, it is crucial to remember that you are a valuable asset to the healthcare team. Your salary and benefits should align with the experience and nursing care you bring to your assignment.

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Stan John moved to Chicago, Illinois, from Mumbai, India, about eight years ago. Starting from scratch, John found a love for working in healthcare. He graduated with his ADN in May 2019 and immediately started working on his BSN. As a new grad, John realized there was much more he could do with his nursing degree, especially after the pandemic hit. After one year, John received his BSN and took a leap of faith to become a travel nurse. Wanting to make a difference, John has served communities with nursing staff shortages. He loves traveling and exploring new areas, gaining new insights about life, and meeting new people.

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Kreimer S. (2022). Nurse salaries rise amid widening gender pay gap and ‘precipitous increase’ in RNs looking for the exit.

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Shonk K. (2022). 5 common negotiation mistakes and how you can avoid them.

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    The review, carried out by Mr. Seán McHugh, recommended an enhanced Travel and Subsistence Scheme for student nurses and midwives attending their supernumerary clinical practice placements. Supernumerary nursing and midwifery students are like other students, but they have 45 weeks of mandatory clinical practice placements in healthcare settings.

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    This will make it easier to find accommodations that meet your needs and are within your budget. 2. Utilize your travel nurse agency: Many travel nurse agencies offer assistance with finding housing or provide a housing stipend. Talk to your recruiter about your options and what resources the agency may have available.

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