so i finally did it, i graduated, landed my first big-girl job, but a dream of mine has always been to travel. how more blessed could i get that my career offers this type of nursing. i am starting off on a tele unit at an urban hospital. i am very interested in traveling perhaps even internationally. i was just wondering if anyone could give me some tips, perhaps when is a good time to start a traveling career, and if anyone knows about travel nursing in places internationally and if commintments are different with international travel jobs.
Nov 2, '06
Most hospitals won't even look at your profile unless you have 1-2 years experience in your speciality. Tele RNs are needed in most places, be prepared to float to M/S.
As a traveler you need to be able to hit the floor running, I've been on assignments where my orientation consisted of; here is the nurses station, the supplies are over there, and the rooms are from point A to point Z, have a good shift......
I've heard horror stories from other travelers, I've had a few bod contracts, but for the most part, the places I've been and those I've worked with have been really great. I wouldn't trade traveling for anything.
Congrats on graduating! Advice that was given to me was, in addition to practicing nursing standards, know your Nurse Practice Act and your Policies & Procedures, they will protect you. Good luck.