This is how I started travel nursing, two years ago.
Two years ago , I was really at a point where , I was ready to walk away from nursing as a whole. yes… I was burned out, my last staff job definitely did a number on me.
I was at point where work place toxicity was on a thousand, feelings of being undervalued, getting text messages and calls about work after night shifts, condescending, crazy ratios and being underpaid.
I was really ready for for a change, and wanted to be in a new environment where I could afford to pay my debt and bills.
I spoke a recruiter back in 2019, then applied for a few agencies that flopped , and watched countless Youtube videos where other travelers shared their experiences and gave recommendations.
That picture below i took it when i took my first assignment in Poughkeepsie , NY. The culture shock was real, and the work environment was interesting. I did end up extending for a while, it was manageable. Less toxicity and the price ( that mula ) was right .
I definitely went from NY to Maine to Georgia to Cali then Missouri. ( say that ten times fast…)
If you are considering travel nursing, you definitely will grow as a person and as a nurse. I have definitely racked up more skills and confidence as a nurse.
You get the freedom and time to be alone, and work on yourself as a person. Because of the challenging work environments ( getting difficult or the worst assignments) you will grow as a nurse, learn new skills ( how people do things differently). Learning to be flexible, and self sufficient , can be an understatement. Believe it or not some days, you will only have yourself.
Does it get lonely or boring at times…