“That Traveling Nurse” is now OFFICIALLY a traveling nurse

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Change.

Such a BIG, BIG word. I can’t even begin to comprehend all the gamut of emotions running through me right now.

Excited. Sad. Anxious. Overwhelmed. Self-doubt. Butterflies in my tummy, to name a few…

This is why I have sorta neglected my “baby” blog for the past four five days. I have been buried in never ending phone calls, application forms, emails, and not to mention that thing called work too. All this time, I have been excited and eager until I received THE phone call and then my world and my life seemed to slow down to almost a stand still. But, what the heck is wrong with me???

THIS is my dream job! I have been thinking about this for quite a while now and just recently (seriously) after we got back from our Alaska trip.

I ACCEPTED A TRAVEL POSITION!!!

Wait, what? Yes, a travel position. A travel nurse assignment is what it is. I hope I am not confusing the non-nursing/non-medical readers too much.

Wikipedia defines Travel Nursing as ~ “a nursing assignment concept that developed in response to the nursing shortage. This industry supplies nurses who travel to work in temporary nursing positions, mostly in hospitals. While travel nursing traditionally refers specifically to the nursing profession, it can also be used as a blanket term to refer to a variety of travel healthcare positions, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and even doctors and dentists…. Reasons cited for pursuing travel nursing opportunities include higher pay, professional growth and development, and personal adventure. ”

The last part on “personal adventure”, is what drew me to this field of nursing (uh, maybe, higher pay could also be a good reason to go). Maybe you forgot that I love to travel. Maybe one of the reasons I started this blog was because of my wanderlust. The mere thought of travel alone brings that all too familiar extra beat in my heart. And now, the two things that I do and I love are combined together in one neat package? Sweet! “That Traveling Nurse” is now officially a traveling nurse!

Who would have thought my life would completely change at this moment? Who would have thought I would quit my nursing job at this hospital where I have worked for the last 7 years? Who would have thought I would be hugging and saying good bye to good friends? Last month, I certainly wasn’t expecting to do this. Last month, I was worried about turning 40 this year! Now, I am headed to a new direction. Definitely lots of challenges and mistakes will be had along the way. God help me! Maybe this is my way of celebrating 40 years of craziness and adventure.

In all this, I thank my husband for being ever so supportive, a little bit too quiet to my liking, probably still trying to digest it all that his wife is going away for a couple of weeks. This assignment just came too quick! Even I wasn’t expecting it to happen so soon. We were all caught unaware. But, this was something that I wanted to do and now that the opportunity is here, I will grab it. I don’t know how this will turn out. I may either love it or hate it. If I end up not liking this, then I KNOW that I tried. If I finish my thirteen week assignment and looking forward to another one, then I will be certain that this is the path for me. I try to live my life without regrets. I remember I once read somewhere that says if you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal. I know that this is not for everybody but for those stuck in a rut, you should at least try to get out of it. Or make it better. You always have options.

Bridgeport, Connecticut, here I come!

Hopefully, once I get settled down and somehow adjusted to my new environment, I can continue to blog about this new experience. I don’t know when I will be back here since I will be leaving Florida in six  five days (already?). I will be very preoccupied with all the things that need to be done. My to-do-list is VERY long. And I am starting to get anxious again…

26 thoughts on ““That Traveling Nurse” is now OFFICIALLY a traveling nurse

  1. Hi Travel Nurse, I guess I will have to keep reading to find out how CT worked out and if you are still traveling, I originally had my first nursing job in Hartford, CT and then took my first travel job close by in New Britain, CT. My traveling days are done for now, but I love hearing/reading stories and I still work with lots of travelers in my current position…what is your speciality area? I work in Neonatal ICU. P.S. Good luck with blogging 101, but I think you are on the right track!

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    1. You should share some of your travel RN stories on your blog too! You don’t have to be specific about it if you’re worried about HIPAA and stuff. I am a PCU/tele nurse doing per diem right now. Travel nursing will always be an option for me when the time is right. Good luck to us! This is fun and Im enjoying this blogging thing more now that we are interacting with different people.

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      1. So have you stepped out of travel nursing now? I see a lot of people doing it for about a year or two then stepping out. I’m currently back in my home state (not birth home) and have been-well it will be for a year when I leave. I’m just hanging around because I will be doing a medical mission trip for two months in Africa at the beginning of the year.

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        1. I’m back to traveling now. This is my second assignment. Hubby finally agreed to this gig, we’ll see how far we go. As for your medical mission trip, may I ask what group/organization you are working with? I have always wanted to do that.

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    1. I can if I want to, travel for work that is but it just takes a super long complicated process that I would not want to go through. Therefore, we just travel for pleasure inside and outside the US in between traveling for work assignments. I don’t know if you were being sarcastic or not, but thank you. 😛

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            1. I have also heard of a US nurse traveling to Australia for a nursing travel assignment. It is usually a longer commitment (2 ? years). The process to get credentialed in Australia is about 6 months. Or it was. It is something that I would love to do myself.

              When I went to Africa on vacation in 2013. I had about a 9 hour layover in the UK. So I left the airport. The lady at customs say that I was a RN. She asked me if I was here for work? I said no. She stated “that’s too bad, we need nurses.”

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      1. We had a treatment last week and now have to watch for 2 more weeks. So hopefully we won’t see them again.
        Good to see you doing your dream job !!!!

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    1. Thank you very much for dropping by! I appreciate the “follow” although this blog isn’t really about travel nursing. It’s more about my passion for traveling and photography. It just so happens that I am a nurse and in the last two years, I have dabbled in travel nursing (just two contracts so far) so that makes for a good combo! But anyway, thank you for reblogging my story. 🙂

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