At a travel nursing an option?

  1. So I am starting to think that the company I currently work for is going to go under sooner rather than later. Things are getting pretty bad, management is horrible, and job security is definitely a thing of the past. I am afraid it might be best to get out now before things get worse. I currently commute 1 hour to work each day, and guess I have a few options. 1) stay where I am and pray it doesn't get worse, 2) try to get another job at a similar unit in the opposite direction, but with a similar commute, and 3) go into travel nursing.
    Travel nursing is what I would prefer to do, but I definitely have some concerns. I am a newer nurse and started as a new grad in a level III NICU 15 months ago. My main concern is that with my experience I will not be able to get assignments consistently and may have blocks of time before assignments where I can't find work. That worries me. I have been cross-trained in my current job to work in PEDS or PICU, and am currently being trained to go on NICU transports/deliveries. I am hoping that those things will increase my marketability (not a word, but ohwell) but I am just worried about keeping work. Do I have a chance at travel nursing?
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  3. by   NedRN
    There is always a chance! But you are still in a steeper learning curve than you want to be as a traveler and gaining valuable experience for your CV. I would stay right there until month 24 and then reassess. If you get dumped before that, well then a choice has been made. In the interim, it doesn't hurt to start talking to a few agencies and learning about what kind of agency you want to go with, and establishing some relationships.
  4. by   sweetgurly25
    hospitals expect travelers to hit the ground running. better be sure!