If you lived here, you’d be home now…
People often ask me why I became a nurse. As a young girl, I had a close friend’s grandmother that I was very close to. She was a nurse for as long as I can remember and always told me that I would make a good nurse. When she passed away, I felt like I needed to make her proud and go to nursing school. So that is what I did!
At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to travel. I’d be away from my friends and family. “Where would I live?” I also wondered. You have to learn to be flexible for many reasons when being a travel nurse. I have stayed in a house with two other roommates, in a detached home on a farm with 25 chickens and two pigs, in a hotel, in the home of a basement of one of my co-workers and now I have my own apartment. Regardless, of where I have lived while on assignment, I knew I could make my home, a home.
Regardless, of where I have lived while on assignment, I knew I could make my home, a home.
Beyond flexibility with housing my main advice to other travelers would be to ask seasoned travelers and recruiters as many questions as you can! I joined Facebook groups, read books and did research online before I finally took the plunge to start traveling. Travel nurses (and their wonderful recruiters) have so much great information to share so take advantage of it!
There is so much to know and learn about the world of traveling, so don’t ever feel stupid asking a question about it. Have you heard the saying, “No question is a stupid question”? That definitely applies to travel nursing! I still post questions in Facebook groups all the time!
I left a great full time job, a wonderful family and close friends behind to start traveling. I wanted to force myself to “spread my wings” and see where the road led. When you travel to a new location, knowing absolutely no one in the city, you are forced to make new friends, learn where things are and familiarize yourself with everything. I can’t wait for all of the wonderful friends I will soon meet!
I never would have had these opportunities if I hadn’t decided to step outside of my city, my state, and my comfort zone.