Thursday, January 15, 2009

How do I begin?

What a tale I have to tell. The kids had proven that they could take care of the house. We needed to make good wages. Our check book was running on vapors and going back to any of the local hospitals we felt was a real dead-end. The decision to be a travel nurse was also made easier when I discovered that I had been black-balled from one of the hospitals because I was a rabble rouser. I have been an OR nurse for 30+ years and frankly, I have never known an OR nurse that knew how to keep their mouth shut. I was always critisized because I was not very tactful. I cut right to the chase and let people know how I felt. I think that it is better to know where you stand with someone that to be constantly guessing.

Traveling took us into new frontiers and every 13 weeks we changed jobs and addresses and I could leave behind another group of people, that one way or the other I had pissed off.

Contract nursing is quite a challenge and my wife, Sandi, and I encountered a multitude of things that could go wrong. The "what can go wrong, will" seemed to govern us for quite some time until we learned to anticipate all of the issues that could arise.

Traviling in the 21st Century was made quite a bit easier because of all of the technology available. When I was a travel nurse in the mid-90's cell phones were about 15 lbs. The internet was a pipe dream and as a result of those two things, I felt more "like Daniel Boone" exploring around the countryside. Now I don't step out of the house without a printout from Mapquest.

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