I'm probably repeating questions that have been asked before, so please bear with me. I have been an ED RN for the last 2 years, the last year of which has been spent as a charge nurse. Prior to that I was on m/s/oncology floor for 2 years for a total of 4 yrs RN experience. Before that I was an LPN for 11 years, 5 of which were spent as travel nurse. I am currently in the process of jumping back into travel nursing. A couple of questions...
First, is my 2 years ED experience enough to land me an ED job as traveler? I work in a 16 bed (can be increased via beds in the hallways, which has happened on many occasions) level II trauma center and have a quite varied knowledge/skill base. Not looking to jump into a level I center, looking more rural/smaller hospitals. We see a little of everything and ALOT of others. Ideally I would like to have a couple more years under my belt but I have an ex in this town who is making it impossible to stay at the job I love dearly. Staying at my job or in this town is not an option and relocating is not feasible at this time. So figured travel would be the most sensible option. Am I going to have a hard time finding jobs? Should I do m/s instead? It would kill me to leave ED. I'm already having to leave everything I know, really might break me to not be able to work in ED.
Second, I have narrowed companies down to 5 I think. Any thoughts on them? I realize everyone has varying experiences with the same companies, I just need to know if anybody has been completely screwed by any of them. They are Flexcare, OnAssignment, TaleMed, Medical Solutions (out of Omaha, Ne), and Cross Country. They all had recruiters that I liked so am having hard time narrowing it down further.
Third, as this will be my first travel assignment in over 5 years I'm thinking it would be best to let company provide my housing rather than adding stress of finding my own onto my already very stressed plate. Thoughts???
Sorry this is so long, thank you in advance for any answers, advice, words of wisdom or warning.