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For those experienced travel nurses out there???????

Katybugg7 Katybugg7 (New) New

Specializes in CVICU.

Hello to those well traveled nurses out there! I have a few questions for you!

*Why do you do it?

Based on my research it seems that the money isn't as good as it once was, you never know what you are going to get. I understand that this can be exciting...which I am all for. But isn't it scary at the same time? The economy is not exactly great. You may have awful working conditions and may fear putting your license at risk. I am scared that if I leave my current job, I might hate travel nursing and may not be employed. But I still have this desire to try it out! Am I crazy? geeeeeezzz!

Why not work for a great hospital? Some of you RNs out there have lots and lots of experience which could land you a job at a magnet hospital and other awesome facilities.

Thank you in advance for your answers.

RNERHOUSESUPOR

Specializes in Paramedic,ER, House Supervisor, OR, CVOR.

The only thing I really didn't like about Travel Nursing was the packing and unpacking. Love everything else. If you are a "Great Nurse" you can be a great nurse anywhere. That's my opinion. I could list all the things I like about being a traveler but I have to go to work this morning and find it hard to stop. My reply may not be the answer you were wanting, but it is a reply. Good Luck,

Rod

tablefor9, RN

Specializes in ICU, Home Health, Camp, Travel, L&D. Has 16 years experience.

Ummm...how about going to work everyday and just taking excellent care of patients. No getting sucked into the facility political vortex or the drama wars.

How about seeing a lot of the country on your time off, while getting a broader view of how your specialty is different in different areas of the country?

Those were the big draws for me. And, if it weren't for graduate school, I'd be doing it right now.

bagladyrn, RN

Specializes in OB.

I guess I do it because of that voice in my head that is always saying "I wonder what's down that road?".

I could be making better money staying in one place, that was true from the start - took a pay cut to start traveling. However, when I think of settling down I can't stand the thought of seeing new places only on a 2 week vacation once a year.

The other plus is all the people I've met and good friends I've made traveling that I never would have met otherwise.

Traveling for 14+ years now...

wanderlust99

Specializes in ICU/PACU. Has 10 years experience.

I like the free housing.

Not worrying about management, work politics or drama, knowing that I will leave eventually so is it REALLY that important?? It's great:)

RN Zeke

Specializes in Postpartum, Antepartum, Psych., SDS, OR.

Little or No political involvement, learn new skills and new ways to do old things, like a dry sponge, sucking up all knowledge possible, teaching students and sharing knowledge with others, extend kindness and courtesy, treating others as I want to be treated, extended to patients, visitors and co-workers. Enjoying time off site seeing, walking and exploring a new frontier. Get that packing down to a fine art, organize, organize and organize, keep "things" in their place, clean and they will be ready for re-packing. New horizons and new friends are waiting, keep in contact with old friends and enjoy life!!!

Argo

Specializes in Peri-Op. Has 10 years experience.

Its great to hear from you experienced travelers. Keep your stories coming.

This forum is awesome. Post a positive and you'll get 20 reasons NOT to travel. Post a negative/concern and get 20 reason WHY YOU SHOULD travel. hahaha. It's nice to hear from the ones who are actually out there doing it and loving it! Thanks for the encouragement.

Do it, Do it, Do it! The people you meet and the sights you get to see are so worth it. You don't get involved in the political non sense, you just take care of your patients and go home. You can still work as a traveler at a Magnet hospital. I am working at one right now. There are pros and cons to EVERY situation. Nothing is ever perfect, but for me traveling is the way to go. I can't imagine taking a staff position at this point and I hope I don't have to anytime soon.

RN Zeke

Specializes in Postpartum, Antepartum, Psych., SDS, OR.

Love traveling....time off when I want it, see the world, make new friends....It's a good life!!

-The money is actually better most of the time, considering what taxes would be taken out.

-Can see all areas of the country to decide where would be best to plant roots.

-Can take as much or as little time off between assignments for international travel or schedule your contracts to allow Thanksgiving, X-mas, and New Years off.

-Meet great friends.

-Stay out of the hospital politics.

-Could care less about overly dramatic, mean surgeons--they usually are more receptive to not having their butt kissed than staff think.

-Can go work anywhere for a bit while a best friend or sibling has a new baby or other great events.

-Can stay in sunshine all year round.

-Friendships. Friendships. Friendships.

-Decreases the burnout that comes with nursing.

-Always stay positive----this next place will be better!!!

-More control over your career and personal life.

Hello to those well traveled nurses out there! I have a few questions for you!

*Why do you do it?

Based on my research it seems that the money isn't as good as it once was, you never know what you are going to get. I understand that this can be exciting...which I am all for. But isn't it scary at the same time? The economy is not exactly great. You may have awful working conditions and may fear putting your license at risk. I am scared that if I leave my current job, I might hate travel nursing and may not be employed. But I still have this desire to try it out! Am I crazy? geeeeeezzz!

Why not work for a great hospital? Some of you RNs out there have lots and lots of experience which could land you a job at a magnet hospital and other awesome facilities.

Thank you in advance for your answers.

I am moving to Dallas/Ft.Worth from Seattle this summer. I want to do travel nursing for better pay and love the idea of just taking care of patient without drama of staff issues. I want the housing $$$. Do I not tell them that I am actually moving permanently...or keep that quiet? I already have an apartment complex in mind that I want to live in...will they just give me housing $$$... or do I have to live in the "furnished apartment" they provide?

And who do you Like for Travel Companies? Appreciate it?

Becky

RNERHOUSESUPOR

Specializes in Paramedic,ER, House Supervisor, OR, CVOR.

RED FLAG to the IRS. To qualify for "housing subsidy, non income tax pay" you have to meet three criteria. I won't type them here, but the travel agency will have a paper for you to sign indicating you meet all (or at least two of those). If you are moving to an area, you are not taking a travel assignment and all money paid to you will be considered income and you will pay income tax on it all. Do you want a huge tax bill at the end of the year??? Please speak with a Tax Professional before accepting a contract giving you "Tax free money". There has been much posted on this site recently. Do not assume that the person working for the Agency knows the law and mindset of the IRS. Sometimes even experienced Tax preparers are unable to understand the rules. One said, "you can deduct almost anything, until the IRS decided that you can't. Then you have to pay back what you deducted with penalties and interest on top." Make sure it's worth it before attempting.

This is information from my own personal experience and from reading various posts and my interpretation of such. I am not a paid tax professional, I am a NURSE. I enjoy my life as a Travel Nurse and hope to continue helping people in as many places as I can.

Rod

I am moving to Dallas/Ft.Worth from Seattle this summer. I want to do travel nursing for better pay and love the idea of just taking care of patient without drama of staff issues. I want the housing $$$. Do I not tell them that I am actually moving permanently...or keep that quiet? I already have an apartment complex in mind that I want to live in...will they just give me housing $$$... or do I have to live in the "furnished apartment" they provide?

And who do you Like for Travel Companies? Appreciate it?

Becky