Helpful Tips for the Nurse Traveler - page 9

Hey there all, I just wanted to post a general thread about the basics of travel nursing for all those people who want to consider it. I know I asked a lot of questions when I was considering... Read More

  1. by   Paules
    This post was very helpful as i am thinking of traveling myself. One thing that keeps coming up is your recruiter how do you know if you have a good recruiter? what types of specific questions should i be asking my recruiter? Also if you could give me a heads up on some companies to research and again what specifically i need to know. Most companies websites are very similar so i find it hard to figure out what to really take from it. If you prefer to send me a private message that would be great to.
  2. by   i_love_nursing0421
    Hello everyone:
    I have read all the past post about the topic and seems to me that travel nursing could be quite an exciting experience... but my concern is that due to the economic issues the country is going through at the moment benefits/reinbursments/salary and all that type of stuff might have changed. Can anyone give me any thoughts on their current experience as travel nurse??
  3. by   BellaRN2010
    Hoping to get this thread going again... I would also be very interested to hear how travel nurses are faring these days given the current economic climate? Are you having trouble finding contracts? Also, how many years of experience did you have before embarking on a traveling career?

    Many thanks in advance for your insight!
  4. by   flnursemichelle
    Quote from bellarn2010
    hoping to get this thread going again... i would also be very interested to hear how travel nurses are faring these days given the current economic climate? are you having trouble finding contracts? also, how many years of experience did you have before embarking on a traveling career?

    many thanks in advance for your insight!

    i have only been traveling less than a year; i was a full time nurse for 4 years before that. i haven't really had an easy time finding jobs, it hasn't been too hard though. i wanted to stay in florida, very much a traveler state luckily for me, but i have learned to be particular about where i travel to. i have a very long list of questions that have to be answered during the interview process in order for me to comfortably accept the job. i hope to go out of florida with my next assignment. good luck to those who want to get into this area, i hope it goes well for you!

    my tips:
    keep your options open, don't limit yourself to one area/state. this opens more choices for you and you can be selective of the facility.
    set aside money during your assignment just in case you don't find an assignment right away.
    if the facility is posting for 47 nurses, ask them why? it could be something as simple as the "season" like in florida where people come south in the winter but it could also be that the facility was just recently cleaning house and those staff left are miserable or mean.
    keep in mind that you need to be flexible, your job is to fill in and they will probably float you first and most often. consider it a learning experience. i try to even when it is not great.
    if you need to, keep reminding yourself it is only for __ weeks. i have been doing that currently, its only 13 weeks, its only 13 weeks...
    when you are off, enjoy your surroundings, visit malls, museums anything that you can. part of the perks you are traveling for are those extras that you wouldn't be able to do otherwise! if you take advantage of these things it helps when your work assignments aren't as great.
    if you find a recruiter you like, keep with that company. i am with a company that i have heard bad things about but those people have different goals and expectations than me so their experience would not be the same. just because you hear negative things doesn't mean you should leave. also, just because you hear great things about a company doesn't mean you will have a great experience. keep your mind open and listen to your instincts.
  5. by   LadyTiger44
    Hi. I am new to travel nursing and I was wondering what all some of you bring and how do you get it to the destination you are going to? Any suggestions would be great! I am thinking I am going to pack everything and ship it fed ex, except for my suitcase, tv, and dog.
  6. by   MPHgrad
    The best tips are if you hear about what travel nurses actually bring with them on the road and how they prepare for the move. I've seen some videos on YouTube if you search travel nursing. Also on American Mobile Healthcare's facebook page there are videos submitted by real travel nurses and what they pack, what they do while on the road, their favorite things about travel nursing.
    Last edit by sirI on Jul 28, '11
  7. by   amyrebeccaRN
    Hi, you sound just like me except 4 years later haha. I'm 23, have been working as an RN for the past year on a heme/onc floor. I want to get another year of experience before I travel but I just wanted to see what you ended up doing?? I also will be traveling alone but I love meeting new people and seeing new places. If you have any suggestions they would be much appreciated!
  8. by   Brennaj
    Sounds like I'm the same boat as you are. I just turned 25 and work on med/onc. I'm planning on starting my travels the summer of 2010 or so, but am pretty open, just waiting for a good time to go. I'm excited! I'll also be traveling solo but it would be nice to have a travel buddy. Keep in touch and maybe I'll see ya on the road
  9. by   amyrebeccaRN
    Are you working right now? I'm currently working at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philly and I would love to continue working on a heme/onc floor but I was talking with recruiters and there aren't a lot of onc opportunities. I'm thinking of moving out to Cali instead of doing the whole travel thing now.
  10. by   Brennaj
    Ya, i'm still working now in Colorado, haven't started traveling yet though. My plan is to start traveling this summer. I'm so excited to go! So many options and places to see and do! Can't wait
  11. by   pdrgeez
    This is a great forum! I've had good travel experiences and negative ones. My present concern involves angst over having to give up one of my pets to hit the road after signing a contract. I travel already with two lilttle dogs, but I accumulated another pet, and it has caused me some problems in transportation, because it has a cage. I am growing progressively more negative about traveling for me, personally....probably getting old and crotchety....but this is really bothering me. I was told that I would be blackballed within this entire state if I canceled this contract.