Cons Of Being a Traveling Nurse

there are also a lot of negatives to being a traveling nurse. One of them is that it is very difficult to move up the ladder. A traveling nurse tends to be more hands on, and tend to work in a special area of expertise only. If you want to advance and go into nursing management, or running a clinic, there is very little chance to do this. There is also very little cross training, and most people when they arrive at a new hospital or facility have to be able to hit the ground running, and not need any orientation of any kind.

Then there is experience. If you want to be a traveling nurse, forget it if you have less than a year of employment, or are newly graduated. Most traveling nurses have a minimum of two to four years experience in their field, to be able to deal with all the stress and lack of orientation. You may also have to deal with a lot of things you may not see as a regular nurse, malnutrition, diseases that you may not be familiar with, or that may be horrific.

A traveling nurse can also be very lonely, whether you are single or have a family. Being away for the people you care about for 13 weeks or more can be extremely difficult. This is not to say that being a traveling nurse can't be rewarding, but before you commit yourself, you need to weigh all the aspects first to see if it is right for you.


Gail Esparan