Quote from RobinK79
So I can travel in any specialty that I enjoy? And thank you so much for the response.
Nurses can travel in several specialties (ICU, ED, OR, L&D, NICU etc.) Traveling is geared toward nurses who have specialized knowledge and training in an uber-specialized area. It is possible to travel nurse in med-surg, although it is much more difficult because the contract options are very limited. Regardless of your specialty, you'll likely need about two years in that specialty before you travel; therefore, if you start out in med-surg for a couple of years, then transfer to ICU, it will be four years total before you are eligible to travel as an ICU nurse.
As far as finding jobs as a new grad, you'll have to apply for positions geared specifically toward new grads. Most hospitals have a system for new grad applicants. Instead of searching 'ICU nurse' in hospital job search
engine, search 'new grad nurse' or 'nurse residency.' It's a waste of time to apply to 'ICU nurse' or 'ED nurse' jobs that aren't specifically for new grads, since the hospital likely channels all new grads through the same new grad application process. Most specialties (including ED, ICU, etc.) seem to have at least a small cohort of new grads each year. If your heart is set on starting in a particular specialty as a new grad, you may have to cast a very wide net. As Ruby said, I'd travel in the field you enjoy; if you start a specialty and find that you hate it, you'll probably want to change specialties before you travel.