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					Housing the Travel Nurse

Travel nurses travel all over the country working in various hospitals
and medical facility's for short periods of time before they move onto a
different job. Working as a travel nurse lets them see various parts of
the country, provides them with an opportunity to gain valuable work
experience, introduces them to new friends. Many travel nurses claim that
working as a travel nurse gives them a renewed sense of patient focused
nursing.

One concern nurses have when they are considering perusing a career in
travel nursing is housing. They want to know where they will live while
they are working in an unfamiliar part of the country. They want to know
how they are going to be paying for their housing. They also want to know
if the housing will be safe and clean.

Normally the agency the travel nurse works for is responsible for finding
the travel nurses housing. They try to make sure that the housing is
close to the facility that the travel nurse will be working at. They
should make an effort to find housing that is comfortably furnished and
is clean. The type of housing that most nursing agencies look for is
furnished apartments that are available for a short term lease.

Financing the travel nurse's housing can vary from one agency to the
next. Some nursing agencies give the travel nurse a living allowance
while other agencies expect the nurses to pay for their housing
themselves. Travel nurses need to read their contract carefully so that
they will know whether or not they have to add housing into their budget.

Before a travel nurse enters into an agreement with a nursing agency they
need to talk to other travel nurses that the agency already employs. Ask
the travel nurses if the agency does a good job at locating housing for
their nurses. Find out if the housing is normally convenient to the work
site. Is the housing normally in a nice neighborhood or do the other
travel nurses sometimes fear for their lives when they return to their
temporary home. Does the nursing agency find housing that comes with maid
service or will the travel nurse have to clean house in addition to their
work duties.

Although it is not advisable for travel nurses to bring pets with them
because the pets become stressed and disoriented by the constant moving
around, if the nurse absolutely cannot live without their dog or cat they
are going to have to make sure that their temporary housing allows them
to keep pets. Also, if you are traveling with a pet, bear in mind that a
majority of the time your new living quarters will be a small one bedroom
apartment. The living quarters might be tight if they include you and a
large dog.

Before you accept a position as a travel nurse consider the location and
what you will require in the way of amenities. If it is summer time and
you will be working at a medical facility in the south you will want to
make sure that your apartment has a working air conditioner. Winters in
the country's northern regions are cold. Make sure your northern housing
has heat, also remember that cold winter climates mean you will have to
wear extra clothing, including heavy boots and bulky coats, try to
request that the nursing agency finds housing that has enough space so
will have a place to store your outer garments.

				
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