This is a discussion on Career Advice in Travel Nursing, part of Nursing Specialties ... Hi Everyone--
I need some advice, and I didn't know where to place this so if I am in the wrong...
I need some advice, and I didn't know where to place this so if I am in the wrong forum, please move it moderators. ;-)
I recently accepted a travel contract, but since then have been offered two other jobs, 1 was teaching part time at a community college... 2 days a week, 10 hour days at $36.00/hr. The other one is to be the Program Coordinator for the Vocational Health programs (CNA, CMA, RT, etc...). I'm not sure of the pay but I was also told that if I need the money I could teach as an adjunct in the nursing program for 1,000 a credit hour and I would typically take on 3-6 credit hours per term. Isn't it just typical that you accept a job and then tons for show up....
I am currently working on my MSN and when finished would like to move into either education or administration. My concern with travel nursing is that it is not going to help my career or help me advance at all. With either of these other two positions I would at least be teaching, gaining some real experience. But with the program coordinator position I would not be teaching nursing core, I would teaching the assistant stuff so is that really going to help me advance in the field?
Travel nursing has all of he appeals... decent pay and travel! I really would like to see the country. My concern is with advancing and what I would do when I am done, from what I have seen and heard it can be difficult to find a position after traveling, especially since you really can't interview until you are in the area you want a job. I am also kinda broke, I have read about the need to have savings, I was just planning on falling back on my credit card if necessary and then come home and work for the staffing agency, they will always give me a job if I want it or need it. I am also concerned about traveling alone, perhaps this is just fear trying to talk me out of traveling?
So advice... what do you think I should do. I know it is ultimately my decision, but i am just curious what others would do. Is it true that travel nursing is not going to help me advance in my field? What type of ramifications will it have on my future?
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