Currently I am on my second to last night shift ever. EVER. (I told Frank, my boyfriend, to never let me do nights again. No matter how much I thought I could handle it or how good the pay was. It’s a rough life. So much respect for you night nurses). Luckily I am starting a full time day shift position on Monday and couldn’t be more excited. With traveling I have gotten valuable experience, but I am looking forward to settling down in my career with a more stable nursing job. To wrap up my experience with travel nursing I thought I would review my top three pros and cons of travel nursing…
The phrase ‘pros and cons’ is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase pro et contra, ‘for and against’, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
- Great Pay–A dolla makes me holla! It’s no secret that travel nursing can be pretty lucrative and help you achieve your financial goals.
- New RN Experiences–You gain valuable experience as an RN, proving you are flexible and quick to learn in addition to broadening your skillset.
- Opportunity to see the Country–So you have wanderlust? Get out there, go see what the world has to offer!
- Unsteady and ever-changing–It is a bit unsettling to not know where you will be headed next or what kind of environment you will need to be ready to adapt to.
- Potentially less than ideal work environment–There is often times a reason the hospital needs travelers, which can mean you are stepping into a challenging and stressful job.
- Surface level relationships with co-workers–It seemed right when I was making friends, it was time to switch contracts. Having a regular jobs allows you deeper friendships.
All in all, I wouldn’t change my decision to experience travel nursing, but it is not for the faint of heart. After all, I never would have fallen in love with California and a special someone without taking that leap of faith! Thank you for staying tuned with The Joyful Nurse. It has been somewhat challenging keeping up my blog, balancing my social life, and getting enough sleep working nightshift and so I’m afraid my posts have been few and far between. But rest assured after prayer, God continues to lead me onward in writing this blog.