Then I hate to break it to you but it’s literally going to be decades before you have that much time off available. Typically, as a nurse, you will accrue 2 wks per year for approximately the first 5 years. This is not given in a lump sum at the beginning of the year, you accrue it at a certain percentage per hour worked. Basically, you will have to work a year to earn the time off. Your next bump up will be to 3 weeks which just means you earn a higher percentage of time off per hour worked. As far as being able to take more than one week off at a time that will be completely dependent on your employer but I have to tell you, in over 3 decades at this, if there are many people wanting time off it will be less likely that you will be granted extended vacations as you desire. I’m afraid your dream of 2 long vacations per year is going to remain a dream for some time.