Travel Nursing - Good Idea?


I just got accepted into an APL BSN program and have learned about something called travel nursing. It's where you do 13 week assignments in parts of the country where there is a shortage of nurses in particular specialties. Has anyone done this before and if so, would you recommend it? I realize this is still a looooong way off for a beginner like me, but I am curious and would love to hear your opinions. Thank you so much!

JJL618, RN

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This is actually my dream one day. There is a sub forum here that you can visit (go the specialities tab at the top and scroll down to travel nursing). There are also Facebook pages you can join to see what it's like. I'm a member of the Gypsy FB page.

I am single with no kids at going on 31 years old, and I don't see myself getting married anytime soon and I don't want kids, so I want to see this beautiful earth God created. I hope I can fulfill my dream of doing travel nursing. I'm a long way away though like you said.

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Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

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I would definitely not recommend travel nursing for anyone with less than 2 years experience. Travel nurses are expected to be able to be running solo within 2-3 days after a quick introduction to the unit and documenting system. These nurses need to have the experience, confidence, and competence to be able to pull it off.