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I am thinking of getting into travel nursing, I am an older nurse with over 30 years experience. However, the last few years I have not been in a hospital setting, but have done management in a subacute rehab. Will this be unlikely to find? Can I travel with my husband? Thank you as I need to know if this is a possible career change.
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You are right that there are many more positions available for those who continue to work in the hospital setting. However, more and more fields have come to the realization that travel positions might be an answer to their staffing needs.
I often refer travelers to companies that I use and trust, but in this situation, I’m not sure if these companies would have any positions in that field. However, I did just type “travel nursing rehab management” into Yahoo and pulled up companies that appear as if they have this sort of position. One page in particular, at http://jobs.greenopolis.com/a/jobs/find-jobs/q-Travel+Rehab+Management+Job+-+Skilled+Nursing+Facility, did list a travel position for a manager in rehab.
Your husband would be able to travel with you , just as with any travel position. The only concern there is how much space you need in regard to housing. Usually, a one bedroom accommodation is provided by the travel company. If you need a two bedroom, they can still find you one, but may charge you a few hundred a month for this.
I would join about as many companies that I could find that offer this type of position. I do critical care nursing and I am still on file with about six or seven companies. You would want to also ask the recruiters with whom you speak how often they see these type of positions. Your specialty is not like med-surg or tele (of which there are hundreds on any given day). However, if you are with enough companies that offer this type of position, then it might very well provide enough of an opportunity to keep you constantly working.
I’m sorry I could not give you a more definitive answer. Start calling the travel companies and see if they have assignments for this specialty and how prevalent they are. Then you will be better informed to know if this would be a sustainable specialty in which to travel.