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Med surg RN seeking to travel, eventually

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by RNNell12 RNNell12, BSN (New) New Nurse

RNNell12 has 1 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Med surg/tele.

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Hello everyone,  thank you for taking the time to read my post!  I have been working on a med surg/tele unit for almost a year now in an approximately 200 bed hospital.  I am still not fully comfortable in my current role, so I realize I will need more experience and time to build up confidence before I try travel nursing.  But I was just curious what my next steps should be.  Would I be okay to stay on my current unit until I’m ready to try out traveling as a med surg/tele nurse or do you think I need experience in a larger hospital?  I would like to remain at my current hospital as it is a 25 minute drive as opposed to 45-60 minutes from my house to larger hospitals, but I would be willing to make the switch if it seems that type of experience would be necessary in order to be successful traveling.  I will be appreciative of any feedback.  Thank you!!

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200 bed hospital with a diverse patient population should be OK. If those larger nearby hospitals have agency per diem available, I would suggest doing a few shifts for self assessment of your skills and adaptability to a new working environment. Travelers need both attributes with less orientation than you will get from a per diem job. The per diem work will also help your resume with proven adaptability: many hospitals are reluctant to hire nurses without prior travel for that reason. Travel may seem romantic, but it is not necessarily easy on most assignments. 

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