How Does Valley Approach Housing?

Travel nursing itself presents a broad range of challenges that can easily contribute to the difference between a positive and negative experience. Our approach and recommendations will help set you up for success.

The Challenges

These challenges are rather self-evident; traveling to a city for the first time, securing housing remotely and without the local knowledge to know which neighborhoods are safe and decent while also balancing the economics of the assignment including costs and your pay. We are mutual stakeholders in all aspects and our aim is to find you suitable and safe housing at the lowest cost.

The Economics

As you may have read in Kyle Schmidt’ article, Pay Package Comparison Strategy Part 1, all compensation and expenses are derived from one bucket of money; or as Kyle explains, a “pie”. This bucket is the bill rate, multiplied by the number of hours you’re expected work each week, multiplied by the number of billable weeks each month. Included in that ‘bucket’ are your pay, medical/dental/vision benefits, taxes, 401(k), workers’ compensation, medical and general liability insurance, any other direct costs, and your housing expense. We mention this because its often misunderstood that housing costs are on top of the bill rate to the hospital or MSP. Why is this important? Well, only because we have a mutual interest in finding safe and palatable housing for you that also fits into a budget that least affects your compensation.

Valley’s General Policy

We want you to have a hand in the housing that’s right for you rather than our team having exclusive ownership of the selection. You may want to be on the second floor, westward facing, with a large bedroom but small bedroom. Whatever the specifics, your input is vital to ensure the housing you get is the housing you want.

The most optimal outcome is obtained by first staying, at our expense, in a short-stay or even long-stay hotel at least until you can view, in-person, the properties that we have identified in your pre-defined budget. If you find housing that costs less than originally budgeted, then we can increase your wage (unlike most other companies, Valley does not ‘pocket’ the difference of your housing costs and what was budgeted).

Housing Help

Furnished Finder is the very best at helping find your ideal housing experience. We encourage all travelers to start with Furnished Finder, even if you have already arrived at your assignment and haven’t yet located housing.

The Expectation

Generally, here is what you can expect if you prefer us to locate and secure your housing:
1. Explain to your recruiter’s ‘coordinator’ what is important to you in your housing choice.
2. Within 24 hours, a list of properties within your budget is sent to you (these costs are the direct costs; there is no markup with housing).
3. If you do not select a property, Valley will book one to seven days at a short-stay hotel so that you can view, in-person, each of the properties and make the housing selection that meets your criteria.
4. Days later, we will move you into your housing and follow up to make sure that you’re happy with your selection.
Of course, these are general guidelines. Because we aren’t one of the 800 pound gorilla companies, we can tailor a housing package that best suits your preferences and economics. Reach a recruiter today at recruiters@valleyrocks.com or text us at 916-779-1616.

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