I'm excited, nervous and curious. I have been a Nurse since 1996 and have taken the dive into travel nursing. I have over 15 years working in Home Health and Hospice case managing. I start my first assignment in a couple of weeks in San Francisco East Bay area. I'm staying in the field of Hospice and the Hospice agency has been around for a long time and is a not for profit agency. I choose Core medical for my travel company as a fellow friend worked for them for 2 years and gave them very positive reviews. My Recruiter is wonderful and has been very helpful since day one of communication.
I am very familiar with the bay area and central California. I know the bay area is very expensive and the housing department from Core Medical suggested staying at an Extended Stay but I have looked on Airbnb and Craigslist and I have found some connections for studios or 1 bedroom apartments that cost the same as an Extended Stay. I love my privacy and quiet so I hope I'm making the right choice of going with a studio as opposed to an Extended Stay. I think it's a no brainer but being a first time traveler I have butterflies in my stomach and I'm second guessing myself a lot which is abnormal for me.
Any input or suggestions would be welcome.
To OP - I don't do travel. But I have a question to ask. Are you reading your contract correctly in that you may not work for ANY travel company if you leave CORE? That doesn't sound right to me. That sounds like they would be putting a kabosh to your whole travel career for the year post CORE. You have a right to work and if you want to continue travelling...
I always thought it to be a restriction to the facility you just worked for through your contract. Like if they sent you to Happy Hospital, you couldn't take a job on your own at Happy Hospital.
Am just asking.
But as for housing possibilities, you might check with local realtors. They sometimes contract with owners who have unadvertised rentals available. My sister did that in the past when she travelled.
I wistfully wished that I had some of her wanderlust but I like to nest.
Good luck with your future endeavor.
Addendum: Just read the second post from Ned. It kind of answered my curiosity re your contract.
Last edit by amoLucia on Jul 5, '14
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