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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 3 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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It wasn't winter when I drove there. Not sure where you got that.

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Your mechanic having to squeeze in time for an oil change? Haven't you ever heard if Jiffy Lube?

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

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There wasn't one in that area. And I did not trust just anyone with that car.

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I also enjoyed your story. Awaiting the next installment.

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

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Have Nurse, just use the quote button when you respond to anyone. That way we'll know to whom you're responding. I don't know why this would ruffle feathers. You haven't criticized anyone or said anything controversial. I'm enjoying reading your personal experience of that time in your life, crappy car and all.

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HiddenAngels has 7 years experience.

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As a fellow traveler, I can weigh in a bit here...It's not that the story is fiction (it is ******* hilarious tho!) it's just that it does feel like the request and deadlines that are put on you when you decide to say "yes" to a new assignment can make you feel as though you've been run over by a truck. Keep in mind that you have plenty of time available while your agent is searching for your next assignment, to send in any new or expired items. However if Have Nurse is anything like me she's been keeping her recruiters and HR up to date with any new certs licenses, etc. as they come in.. But for some reason.. It all seems to be misplaced or never received once you are about to start something new and usually you have 48 hours to send it ALL in again. Not to mention the drug screen place that you have 1 hour to get to once you say yes ha! But i digress.. All in all it's not for everybody.. You just have to have your stuff organized and ready to send in again with each and every assignment.. Just saying

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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You could give up nursing and write for a living.

Waiting for the next chapter!

P.S. If there is a next time, just fly and rent a car ;)

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kbrn2002 has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and works as a RN Supervisor.

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My son is a traveler, some of the stories he's told me are similar to this one. Last minute requests for documentation, claims that submitted documentation never arrived, housing that either falls through or is so bad that paying for a hotel until he could find his own was preferable to living in the place the agency found. He learned his lesson there and never accepts agency housing, he always gets his own.

Thanks to his travelling he likes to live light, less stuff to take with him means no TV but in worst case scenarios where he rents a place without one his laptop works just fine for video. Netfix and Hulu provide what he needs plus no bills for cable/satellite. He's found he doesn't even miss it anymore. Not every place he stays comes with wifi, so he keeps a mobile hotspot on his phone to use when wifi connections are not available.

He invested in a new car a year ago since he put so many miles on his old car he just didn't feel he could trust it anymore for all those cross country trips. He makes more than enough money to justify the payments for a new car. I'm thinking instead of limping that old van along OP should have invested in that new car somewhere along the way. When your career relies on reliable, and above all safe transportation why would you take that risk?

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the rest of the story.

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

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Much appreciated! Chapter 2 I am told will be loaded by the site on Monday.

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I enjoyed reading this & will be checking in Monday for chapter 2. It seems writing is a gift you possess!

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

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You said it, My Friend!!

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

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You are kind. Many thanks. Yes, I did think of that.....later. LOL

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