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Payroll FAQs for Travel Nurses

20140115_payroll_faqsGetting paid on time for your travel nurse assignment is important, and the payroll process can be a bit confusing. Below are three frequently asked questions and answers that can help:

1. Why is my travel reimbursement less than what my recruiter told me?

Mileage reimbursements are determined by the number of miles that you drive to and from your assignment. In 2014, the maximum allowed IRS rate per mile is 56 cents per mile. If the total of miles you drove multiplied by 56 cents amounts to less than the reimbursement rate your recruiter provided, we can unfortunately only pay you for that amount.

For example, if you drove 318 miles, you will be reimbursed a total of $178.08 — even if your recruiter said you’d be paid $200.

Please note that the travel amounts are cap amounts, i.e., the maximum amount that will be paid for your travel.

2. If I work over my scheduled shift, why don’t I get paid overtime for those additional hours?

Overtime pay is determined by federal and state regulations for that state, and most states require that overtime be paid after working 40 hours for the week. You should be paid overtime if you work more than 40 hours per week, but that depends on the state you currently work in.

Check out this clickable overtime map from the U.S. Department of Labor to see the laws in each state.

3. What do I need to do to change my bank account information?

Complete a new direct deposit form and fill out the middle section indicating the change. Sign, date, scan it and email it back to your payroll coordinator, along with a voided check that shows that your name on the account.

If you do not have checks for the account, obtain a letter from your bank on its letterhead that shows your routing and account number information. Note: Handwritten bank account information cannot be accepted.

If you need a new direct deposit form or have any questions, contact your payroll coordinator or credentialer.


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