If your an adventurous person you may be interested in Travel Nursing. There many reasons people travel or combinations of reasons. Some people see the need for change to feel alive and see Travel Nursing as a chance to do that. You should remember that every decision has pros and cons.
When I made the decision to start Travel Nursing, I didn’t do it because I was unhappy with my job.
I was working home health care for a local hospital based home health and actually liked what I did. I worked PRN and picked up full-time hours (plus some most weeks). I was working 12 hour days every day and driving all over Southern Indiana and truly enjoying myself and my patients. I made the decision because I was unhappy with my personal life. I felt stuck, stagnant; and needed a change of scenery.
When I made the decision to take the first travel assignment, I set up an appointment with my supervisor. I was well liked by the staff (which may have been an advantage for me). I explained what I was considering and requested a Leave of Absence as a back up in case I wanted to come back. My manager was secretly hoping that I would fail in this adventure and went above and beyond to get my leave granted.
Many hospitals offer the option of a leave of absence.
Some Managers welcome you back with open arms but don’t expect it everywhere in reality. In my case it was obvious I was going into Travel Nursing because I had been talking about it for years. Some places will do an LOA but you are not guaranteed the same job.
“There are always going to be bad contracts, bad hospitals and bad situations.”
– The Gypsy Nurse
I have already discussed some of the Myths of Travel Nursing. If you haven’t read it; I suggest that you take a few minutes and review it.
Travel nursing can be a very difficult as well as rewarding career. I’ve found that the nurses that explore travel nursing either love it or hate it. There doesn’t seem to be much in the middle ground.
The most important thing is to make certain that you go into Travel Nursing armed with as much information as possible beforehand. There are several internet forums you can explore and I read them for about a year prior to taking my first contract; I suggest that you do the same.
There are always going to be bad contracts, bad hospitals and bad situations. Armed with knowledge you will be better able to handle these hurdles. Over the coming weeks, I am planning to cover some of the most common issues or problems among travel nurses. If your interested in more information, check out our F.A.Q.’s