Want to travel, but scared

  1. I don't really know why I am posting this thread other then I would like a little reassurance.
    I have been thinking of doing travel nursing for quite a while now, but I am so scared of giving up my full-time position on an OB unit, without the guarantee of having a postion waiting for me. It is just myself, so I obviously need the guarnatee of an income.
    I love working OB and really don't want to do any other dept., but I know those positions are not as plentiful. I know if I could just take the first step and do it that I would love travel nursing.
    Can anyone help with any advice or encouragement? Thank you.
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    If you want to travel then just take the plunge... But word of advice from a traveler that travels internationally and in the states... Never ever leave a full time job until you have another job sitting on top of you, you can contract a job 6 weeks out and there is always someone looking for OB nurses so you should have no worries there.... But never put in notice until you have a contract of all the things you want before you give your notice in at the hospital you work at. Good luck to you , Oh and You have to have atleast 1 yr of experience before a travel company will consider you.
    Zoe
  4. by   TEXASWAG
    Dawn,
    Go for it! I've done 3 travel assignments in ICU. When I was a staff nurse, the travel nurses that I met seemed happy. Maybe I wasn't at the time, but that gave me the motivation to look up a few companies. I wanted to feel what they felt.....happy, carefree.

    My advice to you would be to contact more than one travel company and ask questions. Having an honest recruiter is the key to a good relationship between you and the company. Go on some websites and look up what each company offers. Compare their benefits and ask yourself what's important to you. For some travel nurses it's money, others it's medical insurance, if the company offers a 401k, or if the company is honest and treats its nurses with respect. Good luck and I wish you well.
  5. by   eddy
    Haven't done a travel assignment in a while (my choice), but I still keep in contact with my recruiters. One in particular has become a pretty good friend over the years. I can't stress enough the importance of developing a relationship with your recruiter. If they know you well, they won't try to screw you.
  6. by   LilgirlRN
    I'm right there with you Dawn, my BF is in CA, I'm in Alabama. I've had the same job for 14 years and been at the same hospital for 16 years. I'm reluctant to leave the secure environment and then there are so many companies to choose from, how does one decide???????
  7. by   renerian
    I took a LOA from my full time job when I first did traveling home health. I live in Ohio and went all the way to California. I loved it. I now am in a totally different job but I really did like it very much.

    renerian
  8. by   LilgirlRN
    Yeah, they won't let me do that...I can take a leave of absence but if they find out that I am working elsewhere, they can me.
  9. by   renerian
    Lilgirl that is to bad. I was honest and went to my employer and told them I wanted to try travel nursing. They wanted me to be happy so they let me take a leave. I came back into a full time job upon my return as we were still as short of nurses as we were when I left.

    renerian
  10. by   Geeg
    Hi. I started to travel 2 years ago. Prior to that , I worked for the same hospital for 15 years-my whole nursing career. I thought alot about the decision. Just ask yourself: If I don't like travelling, what is the worst case scenario? And is it acceptable? My worst case was going back to the boring place whre I used to live and getting my old job, or a similar one back. For me, it was well worth the risk.
  11. by   seanymph
    Well, I've bitten the bullet and accepted a travel assignment:roll :roll

    I am going to a postpartum assignment at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. I'm very excited, but still nervous. Anyone with any experience at this facility?

    Thanks for everyones support.

    Dawn
  12. by   LilgirlRN
    Not familiar with the facility, but familiar with the heat and humidity... welcome to the south )
  13. by   renerian
    I am sorry but I am not familiar with it either . Good luck.

    renerian
  14. by   WalMart_ADN
    If i take a travel assignment, can i stay in pediatrics? or do i have to work where they tell me?

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