cccladyrn: I am always clear to my agencies of my intentions. I usually tell them before they hear it from someone else of plans that I have say, 2-3 weeks out.
I have heard, and it appears to be sometimes true, that per diem agencies will book their fulll-time employees best and keep them at full time. Their per diem staff sort of "fend for themselves".
YOU seem to have it worked out nicely with blockbooking and that helps tremendously. Keep an updated record of your contacts, charge nurses who will block book you, and keep in touch with them from time to time.
Travel Nursing is great. Try to get into a facility that is "travel friendly" and uses travelers frequently. If you have a good agency they will tell you ALL that you want to know.
For researching travel companies, I often look at the www.delphiforums.com
to lurk on the posters sight for travel and therapists BB. YOu will find dialogue there and some on our BB.
Interview, interview, interview... various travel companies and recruiters.... Keep an accurate record and quote what they promise and get a signature on it.
YOU are the commodity.... be careful what you sign and what is NOT in writing you will NOT get....
Let us know how you are doing and ... HAVE FUN! Yes, Nursing IS FUN!