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Becoming an RV Travel Nurse

If you are a travel nurse, you may want to consider making life a bit easier and more convenient by taking your profession and home to a mobile level. Living and working from an RV as you travel has become increasingly popular for traveling nurses around the country.

The first and most obvious change from a “regular” house to an RV is the size of living space The dining room and kitchen will be much smaller now, but it is all functional.

Your kitchen won’t likely be too much smaller than what would be in a traveling nurse’s apartment, except that your dishwasher will have two legs instead of one motor! The changes are endless when you live in an RV.

If you like where you are at, you can stay for a longer. It is also more economical to cook your own food rather than to eat out all the time.

You can be right at home in my own kitchen! One of the great myths to the RV lifestyle is that it is a lonely world.

However, RVers in general have great personalities and are honest people. Rowdy RV parks can be fun on your adventures between assignments, but you don’t want to be in one while you are trying to sleep.

Best of all, you can take your family! Fulltime RVing has a tendency to strengthen strong families and tear apart weak ones.

A balance between family and self is soon obtained. Don’t hesitate to tell your family that you just need some space for a while.

The next obstacle is finding the right RV for you and/or your family. Get out a piece of paper and list your priorities.

Do you need an office? Do you need a garage for the motorcycle?

Do you need extra bunks for the kids? Take a trip down to the local RV store and tell the dealer that you are just browsing.

Pick up all kinds of brochures, and soon you will start to pick out the features that you need. There are plenty of different choices out there between a Travel Trailer (bumper pull), 5th Wheel, or Motor-home.

Travel trailers and 5th wheels are somewhat cumbersome going down the freeway, and you have to drive somewhat slower. With a motor-home, you still have to make the wide turns, but some prefer to drive them better than pulling a trailer.

Some people will trailer their car behind their motor-home, and some will just attach it to the motor-home, in which the car becomes a “toad.” If you are unsure, then find a place that rents RVs and try out each for a trip.

Price and warranties also play a big part in RVs. Do you want to spend $10,000 for a travel trailer or do you want to spend $150,000 for a motor-home?

You can find RVs at any price. Your travel trailers are going to be the least expensive with 5th wheels, and motor-homes next.

Motor-homes also come in many shapes, sizes, and classes. I have seen some travelers in everything from Minnie Winnie’s to Fleetwood Discovery diesel pushers.

When buying a motor-home the major thing to remember is that even though the gasoline engines are less expensive, your trade in value will be much greater with a diesel engine or “diesel pusher.” Make sure to do plenty of research before you start shopping, so you know exactly what the salesmen are trying to sell you.

You want something that is going to be perfect for you, and for your nursing needs. Make sure that the warranty will last long enough that you can try it out and decide if it is going to work for you.

With the mobility that traveling in your home can afford, doors full of possibilities will open up to you. You may be able to travel to and work in locations around the country you never dreamed of.

Many nursing companies see this kind of flexibility of living quite desirable. You may be sent on jobs that are much better than the ones you would otherwise be sent on if they had to find lodging for you.

You will also be able to combat the irritating side effects of living in transitional housing, moving one place to another constantly. The stability that your RV will afford you will be well worth the investment.

Tom Selwick has worked as a traveling nurse for the last 16 years. He has worked in many local clinics and the ER and recommends looking into becoming a travel nurse.

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