We have spent more time than I would have liked in south Florida. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful, but I'm ready to move on. We also spent some time in the Ozark foot hills of Missouri. South east Missouri. It is breath taking there. We are on our way to northern Maine next. I heard that Aroostook medical center in Presque Isle is a nice place to work. I try to balance the regions where I want to go, the pay, and if possible feedback on the particular hospitals.
Car trouble is always a HUGE stress. Make sure you have your car checked before you hit the road and have a good travel club. Spent way to much time in FL having my car repaired. Even with the warrenty it was a big hassle. Looking for a Van so little one will have VCR to watch on long trips. She uses her Leap learning center alot also.
Being a stay at home dad was a big change for my husband. Although he likes staying at home with her, I have to be careful to not hurt his pride. If I'm mad I have a tendency to remind him how hard I work and how I make all the money. Not a good thing. I just have to remember that he is a man, and not used to housekeeping duties. If I leave him a detailed list of what to do it avoids alot of problems. All in all though, it is working out great! We love the travel so much, and there is always so much to do we don't have a lot to argue about. And we have been married 15 years!
It depends on you company how easy your housing will go. I am still shopping for a permanent company. This is my first assignment with Clinical One, and so far so good. RNNetwork is also a good company. Stay away from Cross Country! They charge you for one bedroom housing. I almost always get my extra bedroom for nothing or next to nothing. Some companies charge quite a bit for the extra bedroom, but ususally if they think you will leave them, they find a way to absorb the cost. You will need the extra bedroom with a little one. There are also strict housing laws in some states where you travel. So make sure they don't charge you, or if they do it's not very much. I have a 3 bedroom house, 2 baths and a double car garage for $10.00/month with utilities paid!
I travel as a telemetry or step-down unit RN. Make sure you know your skills and are honest with them on your skills check list. If you have a problem at a facility, you are held accountable to that skills check list. Most of my assignments are 13 weeks. If I really love an assignment and the area I will try to extend for a few months. Spent 6 months in Naples FL. It was FAB! Area and hospital!
Finally I became a nurse 20+ years ago. I was a 16 year old mother with no ambition in life. My sister was a CCRN. Her and my mother pretty much forced me to become a nurse, and Boy am I glad they did! I love my profession. It is respected, flexible, secure, and most of all rewarding! I can't think of anything else I would rather do! I would recommend it to anyone! Hope this helps, lori