Oh, I hate when I've been a witch...
Sorry, Krissy, for being so harsh in my previous post. I reread it after posting and I sound like one of those witchy nurses we all hate.
I guess my sentiment is the same but I'll explain my reasoning. A traveling nurse must be very strong in her (used as non-gender specific, here
) field of practice. I think all nurses agree that skill comes with practice and practice takes time. Time that is counted in years experience, not months. No matter how good you are, and I'm sure you are good, less than a year isn't enough.
Travelers who contract for 13 or so weeks aren't given 4 weeks of orientation. You might get one day but the whole idea of travelers getting paid more is that the hospital doesn't have to shell out the bucks for a long orientation period: they're paying for a fully-trained, ready to go, skilled nurse. After that, you are on your own and expected to pull the same weight as a nurse who had the benefit of a full orientation. Its not that your fellow nurses won't want to help: its that they have their hands full with their own pt load in these days of overstaffing.
Think, too, about your liability. You will be held to the same standards of practice as every other nurse even though you haven't been given the benefit of that full orientation. If you have to go court and your documentation isn't in order (and every facility has different documentation!), lawyers won't care if you claim nobody told you about "that" form. Are you ready for that much responsibility? Are you that secure in your skills? After 4 years of med-surg, I'm not!!
If there's nothing holding you there, consider a permanent move. The money may not be as good but your license is safer which guarantees long term financial gain.
I wish you luck in making this decision concerning your career. This is the part where my original opinion stands: if it were solely up to me, I wouldn't even consider you for 13 weeks but I would welcome you full-time.