I am new to this site and I am soon to start travel nursing. If anyone is a travel nurse and has any advice, I would love to hear it!!
Hi Cinderellarn , I've been traveling for over 9 years and currently working in Australia. Can't say I'll be looking forward to working back in the states after working here. One thing to remember is that your travel company relys on you working so don't let them push you around to much. I have worked for several travel companies and I recommend signing up with a few. One agency might tell you there are not many positions avail in Seattle for example and another agency might have lots of positions there. They all have different contracts with different hospitals and different areas so you can chose which agency has a job where you want to go and also offers the best package. Most times the hospital will be asking you to extend so it gives you an option to stay if you like it or move on if it's not that great. Also, unless you plan on going back home right away, start working on your next assignment before you finish and you can go from one to the other. Some agencies offer a stypend for flights and I will often take the stypend and get my own filight. If you extend, you can ask for another airfare to make a quick trip home and return (not always easy to get though). Once you establish yourself with an agency, they tend to offer a little more so don't expect top of everything to start. Good luck, it's the best thing I ever did. (St Thomas was my favorite destination)