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I am an experienced (28 years) Labor and delivery nurse, now kids are gone and am considering leaving hospital nursing for the travel world. What are the worst things as well as the best things about travel nursing I can expect?
Hi. There is simply not enough room here to reply to the questions you pose. There are pluses and minuses to any profession, but I will say that for me, the positives far outweigh the negatives. You really just need a better understanding of what the profession entails. To do that, you will need to read up a bit and see what issues face travel nurses today. Here are a few resources to get you started.
First, check out the travel nursing forums online. Two good ones are ultimatenurse.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).
Pan Travelers is also another good site with a forum. They have a free section and also a portion where there is a charge to access that information.
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.
Additionally, I’ll also mention my book, Travel Nurse’s Bible, since it was written specifically for those people wanting to know what travel nursing is all about and how to embark on traveling. I spent a whole year writing down everything I have learned in a decade and a half of travel nursing. If you’d like to see what all is covered in the book, you can do so at travelnursesbible.com.
If you do decide to travel, and need help wading through all the different agencies out there (over 200 some), then I also have a group of recruiters, at the companies I use and trust, with which I can put you in contact.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org