thinking about traveling - page 2

by FrogluvRn | 1,760 Views | 12 Comments

Hello all, I have been reading many threads here and found many interesting and confusing things about travel nursing. (Background info: I am a med/surg nurse with 13yrs of experience and less than one year of tele... Read More


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    Quote from ERpinup
    Hello FrogluvRn - I too have been contemplating travel nursing, 5 1/2 years ER experience. I also have a house with a mortgage and always thought it would be 'irresponsible' to take on travel nursing because of all the what-ifs. I submitted a post on here about what do people do with their houses and basically all I got was have family stay there or friends but I do not have that option. I do have family that lives by and they are willing to come over 2x a week to check on it and take care of anything if needed. I also have a friend who I guess works with an agency and lets other travelers stay there. All your questions pretty much sound like mine! Do I work for more than one agency, how long will it take to get assignments, etc..... Next month I am going to the Travelers Conference in Las Vegas and they are having a Newbie Seminar that I think will help me out a lot. You should really look into going!
    I have been an nurse for 5 years, 4 years ED experience and I also have a house back in my home town. I have my neighbors as well as my family check on my house every week. I also have an alarm system that has cameras outside where I can log onto my computer or phone and see my house. I can make sure my lawn guy is keeping up his end of the bargain and making sure my lawn stays cut every other week.

    I have a PO box that I have my mail forwarded to and I pay all my bills online. I come home for a month in between assignments to work my jobs back at home, and I take a week off during my assignment to come home to work. This has worked for me.
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    Quote from ERpinup
    I also have a house with a mortgage and always thought it would be 'irresponsible' to take on travel nursing because of all the what-ifs. I submitted a post on here about what do people do with their houses and basically all I got was have family stay there or friends but I do not have that option. I do have family that lives by and they are willing to come over 2x a week to check on it and take care of anything if needed. I also have a friend who I guess works with an agency and lets other travelers stay there.
    If your house is appropriate (at least two bedrooms), try to find a responsible roommate. They will get a heck of a deal with you gone much of the time, and you will get a lot towards your mortgage, someone to look after the place 24 hours a day and perhaps deal with mail. This preserves your tax home.
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    I would love to go to the conference but it's a little late for me. If you find out any good bits of info I would love to hear them. I rented a book from kindle about travel nursing which did have some interesting facts about how to get started. Of course the house thing is still is still a problem. I am in the same boat with my house. I have some family in the area but there is no guarantee that they would be able to check on my house. I have even thought about going to my church and seeing if someone was interesting in renting a room really cheap so that someone will be there. However, I am nervous about having a stranger in my house. I really wish I could go to that conference to talk with someone.


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