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Career Story: Emergency Room Nurse On Temporary Assignment

Emergency Room Nurse On Temporary Assignment

Job Title: RN-Telemetry

Type of Company: I work in a small hospital in Kingwood, Texas.

Education: ADN

Previous Experience: I started as the unit secretary in an intensive care unit. I was also the monitor tech. But I decided I wanted to go back to school to be a nurse and make more money. Right now I am a travel nurse.

Job Tasks: I just started working at this hospital a week ago. Though I work in the Emergency Department, I am part of their observation unit. I take care of patients who are waiting for a room in the hospital but don't need to be in the ED. There are 8 rooms in the department. If we have more then 8 patients we have to put them in the hall. I have been in orientation the last week and half so I can't say what a typical night will be like. I work the night shift 7pm to 7a.m.

Travel assignments last thirteen weeks, three twelve-hour shifts a week. As a traveler, you have to find a place to live or let your agency pay for your housing. I like to find my own place. This time I found a furnished room in someone's house. This has been the best arrangement. Usually I drive my car but it would have been a 4000 mile round trip drive and that's just too far. So I rented a car for 3 months.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my new assignment is that it's a new place and you know you'll be done in 13 weeks if you don't like the job. It's also fun to live in different places. That can also be the worst part because you have to find a place to live for 13 weeks.

The worst part is getting used to new hospital and finding your way around a new city.

Job Tips: Find an agency that can find you jobs where you want to go. You might have to sign up with more then one travel agency.

I always bring my favorite pillow, a flashlight and my laptop with me. My computer doubles as my TV.

Be prepared to work on other floors because travelers go wherever they are needed.

Find your own housing. You will make more tax-free money.

Have enough money for at least a month because it takes a while to start getting paid.

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