The perks of travel nursing:
- Gain a tremendous amount of experience in many aspects of nursing
- Long Term Care
- Home Care
- Med/Surg (more so for RN’s)
- Get exposure in different scopes of practice in different states
- Example: Colorado allows LPN’s to be certified to place an IV
- Travel & licensure reimbursement
- Competitive pay
- Housing allowance (non-taxed)
- Travel the country
- Nursing recruiters available who assist with your job hunt & gaining your licenses in different states
Why uproot yourself and take off?
My fiance and I have always been big on the idea of traveling. Recently, we have been discussing our options. The biggest question was, “What is keeping us in New York?”
For me, the main reason is my current my job. I adore the staff I work with day in and day out. I enjoy scrubbing in on minimally invasive vascular procedures. It isn’t often you work for 2 world renowend surgeons with the best bedside manor in the universe, and who also crack dirty jokes on the regular. I mean really, does it get better than that?
For my fiance, it was family. (Not that family isn’t important to me, too!)
Here’s the catch; He hasn’t used his degree in environmental conservation and law since he’s obtained it 3 years ago.
NY does not offer Forest Ranger positions to someone straight out of college. He needs experience in the field, and NY does not have a primary focus on environment or the beautiful wildlife that surrounds us in the Adirondacks. Crazy, right? Love makes you not only strive for your goals, but for each other’s as well.
So we have decided to uproot our whole lives. We’re packed up into our RV, and will drive cross country to the West Coast. Our hope is to reside back in NY in a few years, if he can obtain a position he has dreamed of his whole life. This is a great opportunity for both of us to gain knowledge in our fields. As nervous as we are, we can’t wait for the thrill of this adventure of a lifetime.
Photo credit: Katlyn Weaver Photography.