The Travel Bug bit me! For as long as I can remember, I have felt the pull of the unknown and the desire to travel. The need to see what’s out there, meet different people, and explore new areas. Ever since I started nursing school and heard about this ever elusive sect of nurses referred to as travel nurses, I’ve known that’s what I want to do. Throughout nursing school I would frequently be asked by faculty and staff what kind of nursing I wanted to do. Although I wasn’t sure what specialty I wanted to work in, a part of me always knew I wanted to travel. When I would mention this, it would frequently illicit a response along the lines of “I ALWAYS WANTED TO TRAVEL! But….”
A couple weeks ago I decided that I would not be one of the many people I talked to about travel nursing over the years who said they always wanted to do that but… then something came up and they never got around to it. I’m doing it! These past couple weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. I selected the travel nursing agency I wanted to work with, got all my paperwork in order and before I knew it I had accepted a job offer in New Mexico! I’ll be going to Las Cruces, NM and start March 2nd! I’m super excited about this opportunity but also slightly nervous. The big difference here is that when you are a traveling nurse you get extremely minimal orientation to your new hospital, so you really need to be able to adapt easily and get running quickly.
I’ve never been to New Mexico so it should be interesting living in such a different area. I really don’t entirely know what to expect… but in my mind, that is part of the adventure!