No problems sorry for all the typos. I had just gotten home from work and did it from my phone. If I can help answer questions let me know. I am currently in Oregon on assignment. If you want to go to California start the application process NOW! It takes 3 months in the best of situations to get a license there. Close but easy and fast states to get license by endorsement are Washington or Oregon. Both of them have strong nursing unions and the nursing environment typically is far better than any where in south east.
I don't do the RV thing but I have looked into it extensively. It has its pros and cons like anything. If you have pets and are couple and plan on traveling for at least two years (time depends on your RV outlay expense...more expensive RV = more debt and cost naturally hence you would need to travel longer to make it truly cost effective). I have been very lucky or good at finding my own places via air BnB and VRBO sites. I normally initiate contact with owners of a tiny house, studio apartment or such and guarantee them cash rent 3 months in advance. I don't smoke or have pets though so it makes it a lot easier. All I need is safe, nice, clean place and good internet connection. I mostly use my places to sleep, rest, eat and as spring board of operations for adventures on my days off. My first assignment I was so lonely and the hospital in florida was terrible. High patient work load, 3 ICU patients every assignment, staff didn't warm up to help me til need end of contract and I coded 1 of my patients every week. I did a lot self examination and said I would give it one more go...hey I could also go back to my home and get job back. I committed myself to growing as person..drove across country by myself..saw so many states, stayed at nice hotels every other night. I took myself out to eat at really nice restaurants. Something happened...I grew up and became comfortable with myself. I had an assignment in washington close to Canada. Spent a lot time in Vancouver, hiked Mt Baker, went to seattle and meet up with a old friend who lives there. Started meeting other travelers for occasional get together. It is what you make it. It can be a exceedingly rich experience or a terrible one. That being said as a traveler you are going to get crapped on by charge nurses, floating out to other departments and you will get all the crappy patient assignments..GI bleed, pysch issues, family drama, changing your assignments every night and you will be looked upon as you are a idiot at times until they know you.
What you have to keep in mind is while staff is glad you are there, you also are kind of threat or they can be jealous of you. You don't have much recourse in those situations. The best defense is a good offense. I mean kill them with kindness and be proactive. Some are just miserable staff..but hey haven't we all been that? I feel there pain and they are my fellow nurses. Plus you get to walk away Scott free in 13 weeks if you hate it!
Night shift assignments are typically easier to find contracts.
PM if you ever have questions. Go to Pantravelers site, read the forums here, ask questions, mentally prepare yourself, load scanned copies to a cloud drive of your licenses, Certs and such (you will thank me later).
Go enjoy life! Live like a recently terminally ill patient but financially responsible.