Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I have been at the same hospital for 25 years and I am now considering becoming a travel RN. I am interested to know if there are other nurses out there who have done this and any advice they may have. I’m apprehensive to say the least, but would like to try something different. What steps should I take to help decide if this is a good move for me to try travel nursing later in my career?
Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: My advice would be to read up as much as you can on the profession to get a better idea of what it entails. Travel nursing is not for everyone and a concern would be that for 25 years you have only known one way of doing things. For every new assignment, you will have to adapt to new surroundings, new people, and possibly new twists on the things that have been consistent in your practice for the past 25 years. I’m certainly not saying it can’t be done, but you do need to prepare yourself for what might be a big change. Some good places to read up on travel nursing are Pan Travelers and obviously, travelnursingblogs.com. You can subscribe to Healthcare Traveler Magazine for free on their website as well as read back issues. You can also join Healthcare Travelbook (healthcaretravelbook.com), which is a sort of Facebook style place for travelers, which also has a forum. Some good travel nursing forums can be found at ultimatenurse.com, allnurses.com, and the Delphi forum for traveling professionals (go to delphiforums.com, look for the box on the right that says “Explore existing forums”, type in “travel nursing” and the top result is a group called Travel Nurses and Therapists with over half a million members). Once you are well read and ready for some adventure, let me know if you need some help with travel companies and I’ll be happy to set you up with some of the people I use and trust for my travels. David firstname.lastname@example.org