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Ask a Travel Nurse Recruiter: What happens when I get sick during my assignment?

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What happens when I get sick during my assignment?

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Well, I wish there was a simple answer but as most things in the travel nursing industry, it depends on the hospital.  I can tell you that all hospitals realize that nurses are human and do get sick, especially with their surroundings.  So, if a nurse gets a bug and needs to take a couple days off of work, its usually not a big deal and the nurse is encouraged to stay away from the hospital and patients until they recover.  The only time it could potentially become a problem is if the nurse is sick more than a few days and ends up taking multiple weeks off during an assignment.  At this point the hospital or company will probably want a note from the doctor to justify so much time off.  And by the way, its always good to get a doctors note to show the hospital or company if it’s possible to get one.

As far as pay goes, since the nurse is a contract worker and not on a fixed salary, the hospital will not pay a nurse for any time taken off for being sick.

 

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I have been in the Medical field since college and have worked in various hospitals across the country, including the Mayo Clinics. I've been in the recruiting field the past few years and I absolutely love helping nurses travel the country, make great money and get to the places they've always wanted to go! I am currently a Career Consultant with Medical Solutions.