Diagnosis: Hypertravelosis

hypertravelosis travel nurseHypertravelosis

Definition of – Hyper (prefix)
1: above : beyond : super-
2 a: excessively <hypersensitive> b: excessive <hyperemia>

>Definition of – TRAVEL (verb)
2 a (1): to move or undergo transmission from one place to another

Definition of –OSIS (suffix)
1 a: action : process : condition <hypnosis>

Hypertravelosis is a condition in which a person travels excessively and unpredictably.  Those with hypertravelosis appear to have overactive need and desire to travel. The uncontrollable need to travel can lead to significant life changes, both physical and emotional as well as having major effects on the career.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Traveling helps most people by reducing stress. In most cases, it is perfectly natural. People travel more during summer breaks, holidays, special events and for family functions.

However, excessive travel occurs without reason. Those with hypertravelosis appear to have overactive need and desire to travel. The uncontrollable need to travel can lead to significant life changes, both physical and emotional as well as having major effects on the career.

There have been no studies on the rate of incidence of hypertravelosis, however it is observed quite frequently among Travel Nurses.

Risk Factors for hypertravelosis may include:

  • Working in the nursing field  longer than 2 years.
  • Frequent Mandatory Overtime.
  • Conflicts with co-workers or Managers.
  • Burnout
  • Empty Nest Syndrome
  • Job Dissatisfaction.
  • Limited time off work.
  • Working in a high-stress environment (Nursing)

Symptoms

The primary symptom of hypertravelosis is traveling.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Frequent dreams of far-away places.
  • Starting sentences with “I would love to go to…” or “I wish I could…”
  • Purchase of multiple travel guides or Visitor guides.
  • Thoughts of changing nursing field.
  • Desire to check off the 1000 places to see before you die.
  • Frequent job changes.
  • A feeling of dread prior to going to work.
  • Drama in the workplace.

Signs and tests

There are currently no definitive tests available for diagnosis of hypertravelosis.

Treatment

There is currently no known cure for hypertravelosis.  It’s a progressive condition which only worsens with time. The best treatment is to manage symptoms by feeding the condition by changing careers and becoming a Travel Nurse.  You can learn how to treat hypertravelosis by following my step by step Treatment Plan.

Support Groups

There are multiple support groups for people suffering from hypertravelosis.  Check the Outpatient Tab for links.

I would encourage you to post comments.  Tell me what you want to hear about, what you enjoyed, or how you combat some of the issues discussed.  You may also connect with me via Twitter or Facebook and together we can work on decreasing the symptoms together.

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TheGypsyNurse

As a travel nursing educator, Candy aka Gypsy Nurse, RN has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working up the ranks from CNA to LPN to RN. For the past nine years, she’s worked as a travel nurse, allowing her to practice and live in 15 states throughout the U.S. She regularly shares advice for those interested in travel nurse jobs on her website at: www.thegypsynurse.com.

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