Ask a Travel Nurse Question:
Hi David! I am on the fence of doing travel nursing. I have a son and an ex-husband who is in the army sooo… he wants to move. My ex wants to move again. Ive been away from home for 6 years I love to travel, plus I have no idea how long I will be there until he deploys. So whats the problem right?
I guess I just dont know what to about my son. Hes 6 years old and I dont know whats in store. I found a company that has 3 locations about an hr from where he is moving. I just wanted to see if you’ve run across children in the mix over your years of travel. Do you by any chance sell your book in stores or just online? Thanks for your time…looking forward to hearing from you.
Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:
Travel nursing does offer a viable alternative to just moving and taking a staff position. However, if the move is longer than 13 weeks (the typical duration for a travel assignment), you might have concerns if the hospital does not wish to renew your contract at the end of the thirteen weeks.
If you are moving to a big city, your concerns would be less since multiple hospitals in the area may have travel positions and if one could not extend your contract, you might very well be able to start a new contract at a hospital close by. If you plan to stay for an extended period, it is also possible to take a travel assignment and then transition to a permanent position at the end of your contract. If you are thinking of using this option, be sure to ask your travel company what would be required of you or the hospital if this were to happen (some companies charge the hospital a fee if a traveler transitions to perm. staff).
Children do present an issue when traveling, but it does not negate the possibility of travel nursing. Most of the travelers I have known that have children are home schooling with the assistance of a spouse. If this is not an option, then you would have to research what options are available in the area in which you plan to take a travel assignment (charter, private, or public schooling). The Internet is a great resource for this, but it’s hard to know what options you are looking at until you have an idea of how long you might be in the area and exactly where your assignment is going to be.
As for the book, I only sell online at Amazon or on my website at travelnursesbible.com (you will pay a little less ordering through the website as opposed to Amazon).
Sorry I couldn’t be of more help, but there are some variables with your situation that make it impossible to give you specific resources. Use the Internet and I’d also encourage you to post on a few online forums to see what others do for schooling options. Two great forums 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 information.
I hope this helps and please feel free to email with any other questions.