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Travel polysomnography

PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 2:00 pm
by UNISOLGR33
Has anybody on here tried travel polysomnography? I have been thinking about it, and would like to know your thoughts.

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 1:54 am
by Gizmo
I worked as a traveler for three years but that was back in 2008. That was the real boom for traveling RPSGTs although there are still opportunities out there. It's fun as long as you can handle your coworkers hating you LOL

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 2:10 am
by UNISOLGR33
I can tolerate the hate as long as I'm getting paid well. Did you make a lot of money as a traveler?

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:56 am
by Sleepy in the South
We hired a traveler for 6-8 weeks about 8 years ago. He was hired due to staffing shortage and also trained the new staff. He actually trained me and I learned a lot from him.

He was paid over $30/hr (8 years ago) along with fully paid air/room/car and meals. Our lab is in Honolulu so it was a dream assignment for him. The company that hires travelers get paid a lot from the hospital, don't be afraid to get fair compensation.

years ago ...

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:51 am
by Gizmo
The best that I could negotiate was $21/hr plus on top of that, I received $210/wk tax-free for driving my own vehicle. The company paid for my fully furnished apartment + up to $150 electric/mo.

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 11:44 am
by somnonaut
Apt = $800/mos
Car = $210
Elec = $150

Total stipend= $1160 / 160hrs (4 weeks @ 40hrs/wk) = 7.25/hr

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 11:34 pm
by Gizmo
somnonaut wrote:Apt = $800/mos
Car = $210
Elec = $150

Total stipend= $1160 / 160hrs (4 weeks @ 40hrs/wk) = 7.25/hr


Not quite. The car allowance was very generous at $210/wk. So whatever that equals on top of $21/hr.

Can you imagine what the lab is paying the traveling company for a traveler? :shock: I was told $55-60/hr.

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 12:58 am
by somnonaut
OH I missed that $210/WK.

Apt = $800/mos
Car = $840
Elec = $150

Total stipend= $1790 / 160hrs (4 weeks @ 40hrs/wk) = 11.18/hr

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 12:09 pm
by Gizmo
somnonaut wrote:OH I missed that $210/WK.

Apt = $800/mos
Car = $840
Elec = $150

Total stipend= $1790 / 160hrs (4 weeks @ 40hrs/wk) = 11.18/hr


So your point is: that as a traveler (5 years ago) I was making close to $32.18/hr. Not too bad ... it's very hard to find a job in sleep making that anymore.

The medical traveling has shifted to professions like nursing and respiratory therapy. The sleep boom is a thing of the past when it comes to traveling. There's still jobs out there but they're not near as plentiful as they were five years ago.

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 1:21 pm
by labman2
Sleepy in the South wrote:We hired a traveler for 6-8 weeks about 8 years ago. He was hired due to staffing shortage and also trained the new staff. He actually trained me and I learned a lot from him.

He was paid over $30/hr (8 years ago) along with fully paid air/room/car and meals. Our lab is in Honolulu so it was a dream assignment for him. The company that hires travelers get paid a lot from the hospital, don't be afraid to get fair compensation.


Damn!

Honolulu! I would have taken a 2 week vacaction from here and come there and trained ya! :lol:

Re: Travel polysomnography

PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:40 pm
by somnogator
Anybody worked in travel RPSGT recently?
I think I may have just got scammed.
BTW, the gig is in California.

Re: Travel polysomnography

PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:55 am
by Tech
Just my two cents, re: "hated," in over 20 years as a sleep tech (RPSGT), I have worked with three travelers. Each was competent enough. Each was a seriously flawed character, bordering on sociopathic. One was hired to manage a sleep lab as lead tech. This person set up his work schedule so that he worked Thursday, Friday, Saturday, S one week, then Sunday, Monday, Tuesday the next. He then left the state to live at a casino until he had to be back, 8 days later to repeat. One feigned pregnancy, took numerous nights off "sick," was found after finishing her assignment to have been wearing a fake tummy. One was a rabid, vocal, and blatant racist, homophobe, xenophobe; and political radical (you can guess which "wing").

Now I wouldn't paint all travelers with the same brush. This was just my experience. I have observed over the years, that sleep techs, as a group (and I include myself) are behaviorally a socially marginal population. This is not surprising really, our being chronically subject to self-imposed circadian rhythm disorder.

That said, I would say that for a young person, who is free of social attachments/obligations, spending some time as a traveling tech seems like it could be fun and exciting (i.e., Hawaii). Had I had the option as a young and unattached man, I certainly would have seriously considered the prospect.