Recovering travelling nurse with questions

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    I'm not new to travelling nursing, but I am under a slightly different situation. First, a little about me. I've been a nurse for almost 25 years, & have worked everthing from psych to ICU. 5 years ago, I self-reported a problem with alcohol and ordering internet drugs. I did this because, well, I don't believe I'd be here now if I hadn't. I swallowed my pride and went to work and asked for help. I am not at all happy with the things that led to this decision, but have never regreted my choice to self-report. Now I am about to complete a successful 5 years with RPP, and would like to reward myself by taking some travelling assignments. I am concerned though about the availability of assignments and the treatment of recruiters towards recovering nurses. What are the best travelling agencies out there who are recovery friendly? What states are my best options to look into? I presently have a multi-state license without restrictions, and was planning on sticking to the compact states, and am presently looking into Texas primarily d/t their need for ICU nurses. Does this sound like viable reasoning and something I should pursue?

    Also, the last time I travelled, I kept my rental in this state as a permanent address. One of my ulterior reasons for travelling this time is to use the money I make toward schooling, first a batchelors in graphic design, leading to a masters as a medical illustrator. It seems counterproductive to keep paying rent back here when that money could go toward advancement. So my question is, if I use someone elses' address as my permanent, will I be required to offer proof of my actual residence, and if so, are there any options to this? And what of drivers licsense, etc., do I have to get all that changed as well?


    Finally, my dog. I have a 60 # australian shepard/ springer spaniel, who is my buddy and have had for 8 years now. I have no intention of boarding him or leaving him behind. He is highly trained and intelligent, and very house-broken. Any ideas on the best companies to pursue in regard to this?


    Any experienced travellers out there who can offer some insights on these concerns? It will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    As a traveler, changing my driver's license was always my option. Not sure what you mean about the permanent address, do you mean for your agency?
    I have a friend that is currently traveling the coast of California with her dogs(with only one year of experience).

    Just start comparing agencies, pick your place and go from there. They will no doubt accomodate your dog, go for the highest pay!

    Good luck , keep us posted.
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    Hi.
    I am struggling with the problems that you reported right now. If it's not to much to ask, can you tell me how to go about getting help?
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    I haven't traveled in a few years, so I'm not much help on the agency. But do you have to disclose your past to them anyways? Does your license show a restriciton or something? More than likely they would just check to see if you have an active license I would think.

    Adress wise, I just used my sisters address when I traveled, as we didn't keep a residence. Never had to show or prove anything. Never had any problems. We had a dog with us, I just let my agency know up front that I needed an apartment that allowed large dogs. Just do what you would do anyways, and check with different agencies.. which you would need to be doing anyways to get the best deal.

    When I was traveling, I loved this agency. I tried some others, and went back to them. They always treated me fair, I got the best package with them. I also liked that my recruiter would give me a list of available contracts they had, and I could pick where I wanted them to submit me, rather than saying I'd like to go here, and they'd try to find it. Like I said, I've been out of traveling for close to 4 years though, so not sure how they are recently. But it's worth giving them a call.

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    Good luck to you!
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    pinkmegan, do not involve your licensing authority unless you absolutely have too. go through your EAP, your insurance provider directory looking for treatment centers. call up your local AA or NA, go to your priest, anything but your liscensing agency. In the state of texas it is way better to take your corrective actions well before your next lic renewal.
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    Quote from theopenroad54
    I'm not new to travelling nursing, but I am under a slightly different situation. First, a little about me. I've been a nurse for almost 25 years, & have worked everthing from psych to ICU. 5 years ago, I self-reported a problem with alcohol and ordering internet drugs. I did this because, well, I don't believe I'd be here now if I hadn't. I swallowed my pride and went to work and asked for help. I am not at all happy with the things that led to this decision, but have never regreted my choice to self-report. Now I am about to complete a successful 5 years with RPP, and would like to reward myself by taking some travelling assignments. I am concerned though about the availability of assignments and the treatment of recruiters towards recovering nurses. What are the best travelling agencies out there who are recovery friendly? What states are my best options to look into? I presently have a multi-state license without restrictions, and was planning on sticking to the compact states, and am presently looking into Texas primarily d/t their need for ICU nurses. Does this sound like viable reasoning and something I should pursue?

    Also, the last time I travelled, I kept my rental in this state as a permanent address. One of my ulterior reasons for travelling this time is to use the money I make toward schooling, first a batchelors in graphic design, leading to a masters as a medical illustrator. It seems counterproductive to keep paying rent back here when that money could go toward advancement. So my question is, if I use someone elses' address as my permanent, will I be required to offer proof of my actual residence, and if so, are there any options to this? And what of drivers licsense, etc., do I have to get all that changed as well?


    Finally, my dog. I have a 60 # australian shepard/ springer spaniel, who is my buddy and have had for 8 years now. I have no intention of boarding him or leaving him behind. He is highly trained and intelligent, and very house-broken. Any ideas on the best companies to pursue in regard to this?


    Any experienced travellers out there who can offer some insights on these concerns? It will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Hello. I would just make sure I was talking to my sponsor. Do a step 1 again. Why are you isolating? going into these situations is so stressful with all the stereotypes agism dui history mental health it is just tough enough . I wish you Gods speed and hope for you that this too will be a learning experience. Pleasant is not in the verbage of Nursing...at least my 37yrs lol. Soul building providing comfort doing good works making a difference. the other is comeraderie. also HONESTY, OPENNESS AND WILLING...how. You must honor your process. Again God Speed and all you have to do is stay sober...Say hi hi to puppy!
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    Quote from pink megan
    hi.
    i am struggling with the problems that you reported right now. if it's not to much to ask, can you tell me how to go about getting help?
    we cannot offer medical advice here as per the terms of service . please seek assistance from you primary care md. your insurance co. call aa. you can even go to a local ed and request help for detox you don't have to involve your license

    alcoholics anonymous :
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    Pinkmegan

    look in the phone book for alcoholics anonymous. they can get you to a meeting whether your problem is with booze or drugs.
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    Quote from theopenroad54
    Also, the last time I travelled, I kept my rental in this state as a permanent address.

    Finally, my dog. I have a 60 # australian shepard/ springer spaniel, who is my buddy and have had for 8 years now. I have no intention of boarding him or leaving him behind. He is highly trained and intelligent, and very house-broken. Any ideas on the best companies to pursue in regard to this?
    Keeping a rental is a tradeoff. Doing so maintains a tax home, an IRS definition that allows you to accept agency housing tax free. If you don't, you are itinerant and must pay taxes on provided housing or a housing stipend, per diems (tax advantage), and travel pay. It may be better than a wash, especially if it is possible to share your current housing (keeping a bedroom open for returning at any time).

    I've never heard of an agency that is more pet friendly than another. But large pets are a big issue. It often means that you will have to find your own housing, or pay large non-refundable pet deposits. RVs are a great way around the issue and RV parks are very pet friendly. However neither of you may be comfortable together in an RV.

    As far as your recovery status goes, that is strictly a personal issue. If you feel you can't maintain it without strong local support, you probably shouldn't travel. This is not something you have to report to a board unless there is something of a criminal nature or a license has been dinged for impairment.
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    Quote from Pinkmegan
    Hi.
    I am struggling with the problems that you reported right now. If it's not to much to ask, can you tell me how to go about getting help?
    If you work at a large hospital, they will certainly have an employee assistance program (EAP) that is completely private and separate from HR - no comebacks on your personnel file or to your manager or peers. I've used one for counseling services. Otherwise, seek out a 12 step program or support group for your issue.


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