Hello everyone. I just found this site and want to introduce myself. I have been an RN for 13 years, but for many years, I have been in home health, with the last 6 of those in personal care services. I don't think personal care services is in all states, so let me explain what that is. PCS (personal care services) is when a company will provide help by a CNA in the patient's home giving personal care (bath, dressing, etc) and also basic housekeeping for a few hours a day, if qualified. Unfortunately, in our state, only Medicaid recipients (welfare) and very few insurances cover this, so the poor old folks on regular Medicare cannot get it (so unfair). The RN in all this visits the homes of these patients making assessments and making sure all is well. As close to NOT being a nurse as possible as you do NO nursing skills. Getting tired of the whole thing and thinking (knowing) my nursing skills were going down the drain I chose to go back to a hospital as a staff nurse on a medical floor 4 months ago. Also, another reason I did so was to get my skills back so I can be marketable as a travel nurse.
I'm married (for 25 years) I'm 46 and my husband is 52. We have 2 daughters (16 and 21) and I would love to start travel nursing in about 2 years when she goes off to college. We want to do the traveling in an RV (a Class A diesel pusher) that we hope to purchase in 2 years also. We also want to take our Harley-Davidson motorcycle with us to ride and sight see during our travels. He also travels (in a different profession) so we may not wind up at the same place at the same time, so I will learn to drive the RV (take a course) so I can be self sufficient in that area.
We have always wanted to travel, camp, ride, and see the USA but have never been able to do it. We love adventure, I love nursing and I just can't see any better way to do it than travel nursing. This is SO exciting!!
So meanwhile, in the next 2 years, I will be researching travel nursing, the companies, the ins and outs, and researching the best RV to buy to suit our needs. This looks like a good place to learn and I'm looking forward to learning from this site and meeting all of you online here.
Sorry this is so long! I am excited and have big plans! :wink2:
Sep 26, '06
Welcome! Nice to meet you!