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Travel Nursing: The good, the bad, and why I probably will never do again-Part 1

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Have Nurse has 25 years experience and works as a A.D.O.N..

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Travel Nursing offers high pay, glamour of seeing new sites, and making new friends. But, for me, there is a dark side. You are reading page 2 of Travel Nursing: The good, the bad, and why I probably will never do again-Part 1. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

If you had the chance, would you choose to be a Travel Nurse?

  1. 1. If you had the chance, would you choose to be a Travel Nurse?

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Have Nurse has 25 years experience and works as a A.D.O.N..

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Yes. (chuckle) The main idea that you will see if you are able to stay on the journey is the difference from how I felt in the beginning, (Positive, excited, happy, thrilled, etc.) to the contrast of how it really went, not how I anticipated it to go. Don't misunderstand me. The whole experience taught me a lot and was a slap in the face for a reality check along the way. At the end of each day, I wrote what happened. That is how I remember the details so well. Also, due to the trauma that happened to me later, while I have healed from it and am doing well, it has left a scar. Any time I get an email or a call from a Travel Recruiter, I tell them that not only am I "not interested, and thank you for considering me, but I don't have the heart to put my colleagues through it."

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Have Nurse has 25 years experience and works as a A.D.O.N..

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Thank you! And welcome aboard!!

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TriciaJ has 35 years experience as a RN and works as a Retired.

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I'm enjoying this, so far. It's witty, unlike the typical "articles" that are pontifical and melodramatic. I can also relate to the hassles when you're working with technology and bureaucracy. I've had to run to the library to finish booking a flight when my crappy computer crashed just as I was putting in my credit card info. I've been visiting my parents in a rural area when I finally got an offer on my house that was for sale. That was no small deal finding an available fax machine. I've refinanced a house and had to fax documents from work. On a Friday afternoon I got to work, faxed the things the mortgage company wanted. When I called to tell them the documents had been faxed, they said "Oh, by the way, we still need...."

What I'm getting so far from the article is that travel nursing has a lot of moving parts. Everyone needs their thing now, and you have to get a lot of other people's cooperation to comply. Anyone who has ever changed jobs, moved house or done anything else that involves change will relate to this.

Can hardly wait for the next installment.

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TitaniumPlates has 15 years experience and works as a Emergency Nursing.

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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.

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Idk, I have a buddy that is a travel nurse and he is having a damn blast. Everyone's experience is different I guess.

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EaglesWings21 works as a RN.

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I, too, have been destitute before and struggling to get internet access, faxes sent through, spending a whole day running around town to take care of finalities for nursing school or a job. As a mother of three kids their needs ALWAYS came before mine. It's not a fun place to be and that sounds like a heck of a time just to get a decent paying job. I considered travel and decided against it. I did my time on Med Surg and am now a resource nurse working full time and making excellent money. Nothing in this life has came easy for me, either.

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This post is not of the quality I'm used to seeing on this site. Posts on AllNirses are usually timely and have to do directly with topics concerning nurses. This has nothing to do with travel nursing so far. It mostly concerns your lack of preparedness or financial difficulties. As such I do not find it very interesting and I'm not sure why they allowed it to be posted here. Additionally I find your response beginning with "sweetheart" to be extremely inappropriate. If this is how you respond to criticism it's easy to understand why you perhaps didn't have a good experience as a travel nurse. When I am thinking about exploring a different nursing specialty, I would prefer to hear from someone who has successful experience with it.

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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I enjoyed your submission. Look forward to part 2

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Have Nurse has 25 years experience and works as a A.D.O.N..

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Thank you so much! I appreciate your comprehension of "moving parts!"

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Have Nurse has 25 years experience and works as a A.D.O.N..

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As I stated earlier, it isn't shared to invite criticism. And yours really doesn't bother me. It may not appeal to everyone. A Travel Nurse journey is always guesswork. It's a lot like floating. Floating was something I did quite well, which they found out in the interview. But the call was unexpected as many of then can be. By your comments I can tell you've never done it, so I can see why your perspective is what it is. That's ok.

But in my response in using the word "Sweetheart," it was done good naturedly to inappropriate remarks that were directed at me.

Everyone has their perspective. I think you need to stop picking a fight. Because that's not appropriate either.

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Have Nurse has 25 years experience and works as a A.D.O.N..

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Yes. It is very different for many of us.

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Have Nurse has 25 years experience and works as a A.D.O.N..

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Well, like I said to another nurse with your perspective. This was 4 years ago. I DO have a wonderful car, a home a great job and I am a Dept Head.

I make good money and I am very happy. As for the "dark side", you haven't seen it yet in the story because it is a lengthly journey that goes through changes. The dark side comes later. But, like your impatient colleague, if you would read it carefully, you would see that I was prepared. It takes 3 days to get to Maine from where I was. I made it in two. I had all of my documentation handy..it was merely Faxing that was the challenge and overcome.

Never assume I am unprepared. I did not get to where I am by not being prepared. But I am also one who, like those who posted earlier, the kinder ones, have experienced difficult circumstance through no fault of my own and I DID suck it up, because that is what a soldier does. (Did I mention I spent 9 years on the military?) A combat medic.

Am not sure why I ruffled a few feathers, unless your expectation of what the story would be was something different. If it was, well that's on you. But if you can suck it up and wait for the next chapters, perhaps you will see my point.

I was invited to submit my article, lengthly though it is, so I have done so. It is sent in segments because the site looks at it, edits and approved it as needed. This takes time. I did not wish to overwhelm the reader, so out of courtesy I opted send 2 chapters at a time. Chapter 2 I am told, will be visible on Monday.

I appreciate what you've shared. I chuckled a bit about the car.....

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