California Strike Notice Status: No 10-Day Notice Received
Currently staffing: Lab Assistants/Phlebotomists, Licensed Vocational Nurses, MRI Techs, Nuclear Med Techs, Radiology Techs, Respiratory Therapists, Sonographers/Ultrasound Techs
Michigan Strike Notice Status: No 10-Day Notice Received
Currently staffing: Dietitians, Medical Lab Technologists/Clinical Lab Scientists, Mental Health Therapists, Nuclear Med Techs, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists
Pennsylvania Strike Notice Status: 10-Day Notice Received – 10/20/17 Start

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GENERAL JOB ACTION ASSIGNMENT INFORMATION

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Once you have a completed profile with us and your qualifications match, you’ll automatically be notified about any potential upcoming job actions. If you believe you will be available, we will notify you once we receive notice that the strike is going to take place, usually ten days prior to assignment start date. A strike team member will either call, text or e-mail you to confirm availability. It’s important you respond as quickly as possible. You may also check this page regularly for updates.

You will need to carry a copy of your complete file with you to every assignment. This should include copies of your current certifications, licenses, and compliance documents. We also recommend that you bring scrubs, a credit card/ATM card, cell phone with charger, and $200 cash for your own convenience.

Most job actions are indefinite until the hospital reaches an agreement and require a two-week commitment with an option to extend. However, some job actions may last just a few days. We will always let you know our expectation and this will be confirmed once strike notice is given.

Most assignments guarantee at least 40 hours of work. Clinicians will need to be flexible in their work schedule, working overtime if necessary. Clinicians must be available to work all seven (7) days each week. If the strike continues past two (2) weeks, clinicians have the option to extend their commitment for this assignment. If, for some reason, you are available to work and the facility cancels you, you may still be paid for 40 hours of work. Most assignments offer standby pay, which is determined on a per-assignment basis. Overtime, which is typically time and one-half over 40 hours (or after 8 hours in CA), may also apply. Please note that overtime regulations may vary based upon location.

Each job action site has an onsite manager who will arrange schedules. Unless advised otherwise, you will need to check in daily with the onsite manager to view your schedule. All details about the assignment will be presented at orientation, which is typically a day prior to the strike start date.

It is our policy to place candidates who fit the job description and who have complete files on the schedule first. If you meet most, but not all requirements/preferences, or have an incomplete file, you risk not being placed for an assignment.

When your criminal background and conflict check has completed, you will be cleared to work.  You are considered confirmed only after your travel is booked.

Yes! We encourage you to work both strike assignments and Rapid Allied travel assignments. If you start a Rapid Allied travel assignment within 30 days upon completion of a strike assignment, you will receive a $500 bonus. Ask a strike team member for more details.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Each assignment has its own pay rate depending on specialty and location, however, minimum pay is generally $40 an hour. Job action assignment hourly pay is generally higher than travel assignment hourly pay due to the last minute need.

Pay periods are weekly, with the option of receiving a live check or a direct deposit. In some unique instance, pay may be daily by way of a cash card.

No, you are only obligated to pay taxes in the state you work in. Taxes will primarily be withheld in the state you work in, however, some complexities between the states may cause you to pay in your home state, or both. Seek the advice of a tax professional for more information.

Potentially. Each assignment is different, and can generally range from $0 up to $90 per day. Please confirm with a strike team member depending on the strike location you’re working at.

On occasion, we have additional licensing programs available when we have special needs in various states.  Ask a strike team member for details.

In most cases, overtime is time-and-a-half times pay after 40 hours worked per week. California has specific overtime laws that that pay overtime after 8 hours worked per day. Ask a strike team member for details about a particular assignment. The FLSA states that overtime is to be at one and a half time normal pay rates after 40 hours worked in one week. California has specific wage hour regulations that state that one and a half times normal pay is to be paid after 8 hours worked in one day.

Generally, yes. The pay rate for holidays will vary per assignment. Please ask a strike team member for details.

  • There will generally be guaranteed hours for each strike, as well as each step of the job action process. For example, you may receive payment at the following times:
    • If you are confirmed, your travel is booked, and job action or Rapid Response assignment is canceled/settled before you travel
    • If you are confirmed, your travel is booked, and job action Rapid Response is canceled/settled after you travel, but before you work on the unit
    • Once you complete induction
    • You start working, but the rapid response action is canceled before estimated completion. You will typically be paid the remainder of guaranteed hours at your regular rate. For instance, if you have worked 24 hours of a guaranteed 40 hours, and the strike is canceled, you will be paid for 40 hours total with the remaining unworked 16 hours paid at a regular time rate. This only applies to eligible workers, meaning, if you are dismissed for poor conduct or clinical incompetency, you will be paid for actual hours worked.

LICENSING, CERTIFICATION AND COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS

Please ask a strike team member for your unit specific requirements. General guidelines:

  • All non-laboratory positions require a BLS card
  • Certified Nursing Aide/Assistants (CNA) – State CNA license
  • Dietitians – National / CRD Registration
  • Medical Technologists – ACPT MT, Softbank/Softlab Experience Preferred
  • MRI Techs – ARRT (CRT License in CA)
  • Nuclear Med Techs – ARRT(N) Certificate, ASCP Certificate, or NMTCB Certificate, (CA State NMT License in CA)
  • Occupational Therapists – State OT License
  • Pharmacists – State Pharmacist License, Epic Experience Required
  • Physical Therapists – State PT License
  • Phlebotomists – CA State Phlebotomy license in CA, National Certification
  • Rad Techs – ARRT, (In CA: CA State CRT License, CA State Fluoro permit (strongly desired), and CA Venipuncture Certificate (strongly desired))
  • Respiratory Therapists – In CA: CA State RCP License, and ACLS, PALS, or NRP will be required for certain units
  • OR / Scrub Techs – Prefer National Certification and prefer ACLS
  • Speech Language Pathologists – State SLP License
  • Sterile Processing Techs – National Certification
  • Ultrasound Techs – ARDMS in three specialties

We will consider you to have a completed file if you have all of the following documents:

  • Resume / Job Application
  • 1 Professional Reference no older than 24 months (relative to your specialty)
  • License and certifications
  • Medical compliance (for clinical positions)
  • TB Test (PPD, Chest Xray, Quantiferon, Tspot)
  • Varicella  immunization or titer or history of disease
  • Hep B  immunization, titer, or declination
  • Tdap immunization, titer or declination
  • Flu shot (or declination, which may require you to wear a mask on your unit)
  • You may sign declinations for HepB, TDaP, and Flu here
  • You will be less likely to be selected for a job action if you do not have all required documentation
  • Declinations may be available for some vaccinations
  • If you do not have all medical records, we may have a few providers to give immunizations for any you did not bring with you.  However, if you need vaccinations or tests because you did not bring them, you run the risk of not working and being returned home the same day.  If the facility is overstaffed, you will be sent home in favor of the worker who was prepared with medical screening.  You will also suffer through long wait times and long lines.

TRAVEL AND HOUSING

Flying:

For your convenience, the U.S. Nursing Housing and Travel department coordinates air transportation to and from your assignment. When you accept the offer to take the assignment, U.S. Nursing will begin to book your travel arrangements. A representative from U.S. Nursing will then call you back to inform you of your itinerary.

Driving:

If you drive to your assignment, we will calculate mileage based upon your home zip code. Using a pre-determined rate, you will be reimbursed for miles traveled on your first paycheck.

If you have any questions, please contact the U.S. Nursing Housing and Travel department at 800-726-8773 or email them at housingandtravel@usnursing.com.

Flying:

For your convenience, our Housing and Travel department (part of U.S. Nursing) coordinates air transportation to and from your assignment. When you accept the offer to take the assignment, U.S. Nursing will begin to book your travel arrangements. A representative from U.S. Nursing will then call you back to inform you of your itinerary.

Driving:

If you drive to your assignment, we will calculate mileage based upon your home zip code. Using a pre-determined rate, you will be reimbursed for miles traveled on your first paycheck.

On site personnel will be available to take you to and from work each shift at a job action. You may be able to drive a personal vehicle if desired, however, you may not be allowed to park at the facility.

Travel dates for each action will be indicated during the recruiting period and generally range from 2-4 days before starting.

We can only guarantee shared housing during strikes.

Due to security reasons, and the possible need to be able to contact our clinicians within a short period of time, we generally do not allow clinicians to supply their own housing.

Please speak to a strike team member if you would like special rooming arrangements. We will do our best to accommodate your request, however, due to the nature of a job action this may not be available.

No, non-smokers will not be housed with a smoker.

Since housing is often limited during a job action we do not house other family members or pets of any kind.