Quote from 2bTraumaRN2008
Cutting it close for what?
I'm not a fan of being presumptuous. Based on the information you provided it sounds like you'd like the benefits of travel pay while having the convenience of being close to home. Is this correct?
"cutting it close": The IRS doesn't come out and say how many miles specifically your travel assignment must be from your primary residence to qualify for tax free income. I personally wouldn't take an assignment close enough to home that it could be reasonably argued I could drive home after work. It sounds like you're trying to do that. Keep in mind I'm not the IRS or a tax professional. This is based on conversations with my tax professional and what I've read. Make sure you consult one.
If what I said doesn't make sense, get familiar with what it is to duplicate expenses, so you can understand why travel nurses get paid the way they do. Try: travelnursing.org
"I need guaranteed hours": If you're unwilling to go far away from home taking a travel assignment where your hours are guaranteed, consider a local staffing agency. Verify whether or not your assignment provides for guaranteed hours though. Since you don't need benefits this sounds like the best hybrid of guaranteed hours, proximity to home, and the higher pay you desire.
"I have a huge concern for job security": You have 10 years experience in multiple specialties plus a BSN. That's your job security. :-). I'm sure with proper communication and a professional exit your current employer would welcome you back immediately if you ventured off to travel and wanted to come back.