HaveNurse, honestly...this first part is what is basically an expectation of fast response travel nurses. The first responsibility is on YOU to make sure you can take a job 7 states away in the dead of winter with a crap car, not the travel agency. They asked, and you said okie dokie.
I empathize with your winter driving. Grew up not far from northern Ohio. So I have very little patience for anyone who uses that as an excuse, particularly someone who LIVES THERE. If you were from Florida or California and had never experienced that kind of driving before, I would say...lesson learned, I am glad you're okay. But you are from WISCONSIN. You knew better than to try speeding to a job that far away in that kind of weather.
If the remainder is like this, I really am wondering what Ned said..."what is your point?" What is the "dark side" of traveling?
This IS traveling. It's flying by the seat of your pants and being organized and with enough common sense to be able to add, read a weather report and know your limits. If you don't have these, travel nursing is NOT FOR YOU.
Cancelled when you drove 3000 miles? Gonna sit and cry? Uh...then travel is not for you. It's in the contract. Facilities can cancel at any time. Get your feet under you and compensate.
I can name a thousand things that have happened to me over the years traveling, not all of them even in the realm of reality...but you sign up for a large amount of UNCERTAINTY. That IS the job. Anybody who tells you otherwise, is lying. Period.
This isn't dark so far. I'm not sure why you'd find it acceptable to drive that vehicle to a regular job 25 miles away, let alone 2500 miles in the northern tier winter.
Kinda flies in the face of the commentary on the thread about the kid who got fired for calling off a day before a snowstorm because she had a crap car.
I know I am being harsh. But read the thread about this kid and how this forum came down on her for even complaining about her situation.
What I think you should be hearing from this same group is....
GROW UP AND GET A GOOD CAR!
Adulting is HARD! Suck it up!
YOU made this commitment, you stick to it even if you DIED TRYING!
What is wrong with you that you have a crap car??? Don't you have common sense???
I think travel is not for you, because if this is how you approached it and are now saying it's the "travel job" and not your lack of prep and common sense coming into it....you really need to stay at a local perm job where breaking down between point A and B is nothing more than a mile walk home.