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.