-I think it's a good idea to try to get your 1st assignment closer to your home base (if possible). It makes the transition less intimidating because you know that if something goes wrong, you can just turn yourself around & drive back home in a day.
-The first assignment is the hardest to get since many places want prior travel experience. Be as flexible as you can, but if your gut is telling you no, then don't let the recruiter talk you into doing it (& believe me, they will try, bleh!), & don't let them scare you into thinking "if I don't take this assignment across the country, I won't get an assignment." It WILL happen for you, but it may take a bit longer. Many positions open & close every day, so when you talk to a recruiter, they tell you what is available at that time, at that moment. There could be no SC openings one day, and then the next day, there will be tons. Be on the lookout, something will pop up sooner or later (hopefully sooner).
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I guess I am just wondering if travelers have to take an assignment in a smaller facility and then move your way up to bigger towns/facility?
-I've noticed that assignments seem to open up the opposite of that. You tend to see more positions available in larger cities/facilities, & less positions in smaller ones. I guess it's a supply & demand kind of thing.
-Be sure to ask about nurse/patient ratios in Florida (or anywhere else for that matter).
Florida has become notorious for dangerous nurse/patient ratios. (This was told to me by a couple of recruiters & other RN's, not from personal experience, so it's just a word-of-mouth piece of info I wanted to share).
-Best of luck to you, & keep us posted! I'm here if ya need me!