Anyone start out as a travel nurse? - page 2

by sdb

I am just wondering if many people go into nursing with hopes of being primarily a traveling nurse. I know you need a couple years of good experience under your belt, but has anyone taken this route? I graduated with a BA in... Read More


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    Quote from markjrn
    Me and DW had the intention of traveling while still in school, and actually started off our careers as travelers. Now normally, companies require 1-4 years experience to travel, but we had two companies persuing us before we had even graduated or written the NCLEX.

    So, we had the intention to travel, and we started off traveling.
    How did it Work out? starting of as a traveller?
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    Quote from sunnyjohn
    How did it Work out? starting of as a traveller?
    We had an initial adjustment period, but not with nursing. We were newlyweds in a new country, but luckily made some good friends quickly. Our first contract was in a 99 bed hospital, orientation was a week long, and everything seemed pretty straight forward. It was a med/surg position. From there we worked for 13 weeks in a nursing home, which was fine, and then contracted at a rural facility and extended. The rural facility was great since nurses do so many different things there.

    Overall, it was a good experience as a new grad, and we were always asked to stay.
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    Quote from markjrn
    We had an initial adjustment period, but not with nursing. We were newlyweds in a new country, but luckily made some good friends quickly. Our first contract was in a 99 bed hospital, orientation was a week long, and everything seemed pretty straight forward. It was a med/surg position. From there we worked for 13 weeks in a nursing home, which was fine, and then contracted at a rural facility and extended. The rural facility was great since nurses do so many different things there.

    Overall, it was a good experience as a new grad, and we were always asked to stay.
    Would you start that way again?
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    Quote from sunnyjohn
    Would you start that way again?
    I think that it depends on the company and the hospital. I wouldn't work in downtown L.A. or anything like that.

    A new traveler needs to be extra careful these days, I think, because it's become a money game, and alot of the time the best interests of the nurse are not priority. Just MHO.
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    Quote from markjrn
    Me and DW had the intention of traveling while still in school, and actually started off our careers as travelers. Now normally, companies require 1-4 years experience to travel, but we had two companies persuing us before we had even graduated or written the NCLEX.

    So, we had the intention to travel, and we started off traveling.
    Did you sign for a thirteen week contract, or the one year?
    Being from Canada it is easy to get hired by an agency to start, but in the US it is quite difficult. Were you given a full orientation, or just the two to three days that travelers normally get?
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    Quote from suzanne4
    Did you sign for a thirteen week contract, or the one year?
    13 week, if memory serves me correctly.


    Quote from suzanne4
    Being from Canada it is easy to get hired by an agency to start, but in the US it is quite difficult.
    Actually, I have spoken with travelers who have found their experience to be just the opposite. I'm working with an ICU nurse right now who is dealing with all of this and quite frustrated. I got my first contract while living in Canada (of course), and got all subsequent contracts while living in the US.

    Quote from suzanne4
    Were you given a full orientation, or just the two to three days that travelers normally get?
    For my first contract I received a one week orientation. For the next, and most others, I received a 3 day orientation.
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    You were quite lucky and probably had excellent training as a student. Most new nurses that I work with would not be able to be on their own in just one week.

    But I have also always just worked specialty areas............and you need more that one week before you can safely be on your own as a new grad.


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