Congratulations and a big thank you go out to our April Traveler of the Month, Roger W., and also our Rising Star winner, Nicole T.
Traveler of the Month Roger is an RN specializing in Cardiac Cath Lab who is currently on assignment in Florida. He’s been in nursing for nine years and has been traveling for two years.
Roger says the best thing about Travel Nursing is all of the awesome places he has seen and people he’s met. When asked his favorite location, he says he just can’t choose between all the great spots!
“I have been so fortunate in all of my assignments,” he says. “I’ve been to some of the greatest locations this country has to offer.”
Some of his travel highlights have been: The sandy beaches of Florida and San Diego, California, Zion National Park, and The Grand Canyon, as well as “big city life in places like Houston, Atlanta, and the DFW metroplex.”
And while Roger prizes his awesome travels, he holds the folks he’s met on the road just as dearly.
“The best part of all of these locations has been the people I have worked with,” says Roger. “I have met so many kind and compassionate people while traveling, and have made friendships that I will treasure the rest of my life.”
His advice for new Travelers? Be prepared to navigate a learning curve and be patient with yourself.
“Understand that you are taking an assignment because of a staffing shortage and people need your help,” says Roger. “You are not being asked to work at a location because they have an abundance of staff and everything is peachy. Be flexible and willing to work around others’ needs.”
“Thirteen weeks is a very short period of time,” he adds. “If you are unhappy with an assignment, be patient. It will be over before you know it.”
Rising Star Nicole just completed an assignment in North Carolina. The RN/BSN has been a nurse for seven years and has been traveling for one and a half years.
“In my opinion, the best thing about travel nursing is seeing new places and meeting and working with lots of new awesome people,” she says.
Nicole’s favorite assignment was in Nome, Alaska.
“I enjoyed living and working in a unique place unlike anywhere I have ever been,” she says. “I also loved all the adventures that rural Alaska has to offer.”
Nicole recently adopted a five-month-old Dachshund/Beagle puppy named Cooper who went to North Carolina with her. She says Cooper is a great travel buddy!
Congrats and thanks again, Roger and Nicole! We truly appreciate your expertise and commitment to great patient care.