However, how will this move affect my ability to travel in the future, if I would decide to do so? One of the companies I am signed up with states on their website you must have clinical experience within the last year to apply for travel contracts. I noticed this caveat when I was updating my profile (hey, I like to be ready to hit the road at a moment's notice!). I tried to call my recruiter from that company to see if a year away from the bedside but within a healthcare/documentation role will preclude me from traveling with them; she's on vacation this week. I'll check back with her next week. I like to leave as many doors open as possible.
You can't leave every door open all the time, though.