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.
If you’re still uncertain of places you’d like to visit on a trial basis, check out a few of these websites. Maybe they’ll be able to sway you one way or another…
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