By October 5, 2009 0 Comments

Decide where to move while being a travel nurse.


Deciding to take your nursing career further by becoming a traveling nurse is a huge decision and one that takes careful planning. It’s not the easiest thing to just pick up and leave all that you are use to behind. You’ve established yourself and have made roots, all of which took a lot of time to do. You might have family close by that you have relied on for years and of course all the friends you’ve made through the years. All of these are wonderful reasons to stick to what you know, but what you don’t know could be even better.

In my personal experience I’ve been blessed with all that I’ve mentioned above… The family, friends, a hometown I’m familiar with and so much more. It’s easy and somewhat sad to see why so many decide to stay close to home and I know I’m guilty of this as well. However, it’s not that I won’t leave my home base to see what else is out there. I too have been lucky enough to travel the world. I do know what else is available to me and often dream of leaving this place to start anew. Again, easier said than done. It’s a tug-of-war between my emotions and reality. If there was someway for a Marketing Specialist to travel to different destinations for a short period of time while still being employed and earning good money, I’d do it! Just to see what it’s like. However I don’t think there’s much of Marketing shortage, but there definitely is a nursing shortage! This is where you come in…

There is a dire need for nurses all across the country and in some respects all around the world. As a nurse, this can work greatly to your benefit and you can really take advantage of what this great industry has to offer nurses like yourself. Like I said, deciding where you’d like to relocate, if that’s what you’re wanting to do, can be a tiresome battle with oneself. Let alone if you have others in your life like a husband/wife to consider when making such decisions. This is where travel nursing can be of great benefit. For 13 weeks at a time, you can choose to travel to just about anywhere your travel agency you’re working with has openings. You can even expand travel possibilities by working with more than one travel nursing company, which is what a lot of travelers do. There’s nothing wrong with having options, but having too many could make it confusing. As long as you have an idea of what it is you’re looking for in relocating, travel nursing can be the solution.

13 weeks seems just long enough to get a feel for what these new places will have to offer you and those in tow. You will be able to research what it’s like for families and singles alike. You’ll have time to make friends with those who already live there and will have an “insiders” take. All the more to help you make the right decisions if and when you’re ready to finally make that move. You can get a good feel of what the people in the community and surrounding areas are like and so on, all at 13 weeks at a time. The world has so much to offer us, it’s a shame that a lot of us don’t take the time to discover exactly what that is. Travel nursing gives you that chance and who knows, you just might fall in love with a place you never dreamed of. Yes, things can always get better, but that’s for you to decide. There’s nothing wrong with home, but you can make a home no matter where you are.

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About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions and am going on my 3rd year as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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