September 24, 2014 at 11:14 PM #16281
I am an LVN and currently working full time and going for my BSN full time, back in 2010 i was drugged by someone i trusted and could not recover from the panic attack that it induced. I never taken illegal drugs nor do i smoke, i drink occasionally but that’s it. Now, i have a panic disorder and afraid to pursue my goal which is to become a traveling nurse. I am afraid to travel alone with limited help, specially in a plane. I am fighting it tho, currently i signed up for CBT as well as take Rx’d med.
I am curious as to how this could be managed successfully. I know some people had to endure anxiety, but how about traveling? specially traveling nurse?
Please give me insight since i would really love to be a traveling nurse.
Thank you so much!
More power!September 25, 2014 at 1:55 PM #16300
first of all meds are great but you really need therapy. you have to mentally and spiritually work through it. this is paramount, if you don’t deal with this first you well keep hitting this road block. in the meantime you can travel but stay somewhat local just to get your feet wet. I have done travel nursing for years, I’m currently travelling 350 miles from home, but it is possible to only go 50 miles and still be considered travel nursing. check with several agencies, rules differ slight among them. Good luck, you had a horrific experience, but I am convinced you can overcome it. To do less would be to let him win. He still has control over you and you have to take it back. The nursing spirit is in some ways, that of a warrior. we do battle for our patients all the time, but you have to take care of yourself too. you can’t give what you don’t have. I don’t know you, but I’ll be thinking of you and praying for you. God blessSeptember 25, 2014 at 2:27 PM #16302
I am a traveling nurse, and I travel within the state I live in. I agree with MonMac, due to your situation, it would be better for you to travel close. You will be able to travel home on your days off, so will have a sense familiarity while you adventuring into new territory: new city/town, and hospital. Traveling to any new assignment causes some stress anyway: finding the place (where your going to stay, work, park, and eat), learning the hospital computer program, learning the lay out of the hospital, and locating patient supplies… It takes a couple of weeks to get comfortable in the new surroundings… ask questions, and take notes. I wish you the Best!September 26, 2014 at 11:58 AM #16313
Thank you so much for all support!
I am really looking forward to overcoming this big hurdle!
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