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by angel's RN angel's RN (Member) Member

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HELP!!!!

:idea: I would really love to know the advantages and disadvantages of traveling. Does the company pay for a place to live? Can my husband come with me? Any coments would be VERY helpful. We're thinking about it.

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ERRNTraveler is a RN and specializes in Peds, ER/Trauma.

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Yes, your husband can come with you- mine does- most companies offer free private housing, and some will let you pay a little extra each month to add your spouse to your health insurance (some companies charge a lot for this- my company lets me add my husband to ins. for $60/week- that's the cheapest I've found, & it's really good ins. Other companies I've talked to charge $300+/mo!!!)

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This is my experiance:

Pros: live where you want to live, paid housing, good pay, no hospital/union politics, learn new things. Job doesn't get boring. Meet new people. Pick and choose the environment around you.

Cons: learning a new hospital each assignment; if it really bad you are still committed to the assignment. I have found that insurance is worse as a traveler even though it is free. Usually no paid time off, floated first. Living with only the stuff that fits in a vehicle especially if you travel full time which I do right now.

I don't mind living in a furnished apartment but some people want all their stuff around. You have to live off of mostly basics.

There are always exceptions but this is what I have found to be true for me. Everyone's story is different. You have to either like change or atleast not mind it. I think the pros largely outway the cons.

It's 4 am so please excuse any typos, it's been a long night :-)

Michelle

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There is a book on travel nursing, but I can't remember the name of it right now. I think it is "hitting the road, a guide to travel nursing." A search thru google will give you some good websites also. Just do a lot of research before you commit to a hosp or city.

Michelle

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