Congrats to the April 2015 Traveler of the Month, Mary O., and also our Rising Star winner, Tarra DS.
Traveler of the Month Mary is a Cardiac Cath Lab RN who has been in nursing for seven years and has been working as a Travel Nurse for the past two years. She’s currently on assignment in the Seattle, Washington are and her Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Stephanie B.
The University of Washington has been Mary’s favorite location as a Travel Nurse because she says she’s been able to “participate in the newest procedures with a team who is paving the way to a better standard of Interventional Cardiology.”
She also happily reports that her experience there has given her the tools to become better at what she does — which is one of her favorite things about Travel Nursing.
“[The best parts are] the awesome people I get to meet, the exciting places I never would’ve gone otherwise, and the opportunity to grow as a nurse and a person,” she says.
Mary travels with her companion and kitty, Kelpie, who she describes as “a sassy little diva who loves her fresh salmon.”
“She keeps me in line and cuddles up next to me when she knows I’ve had a bad day,” says Mary. “Her favorite pastime is chasing the stuffed mice that Steph (Mary’s Career Consultant) sent her.”
Mary’s tips for helping new Travel Nurses succeed?
“Embrace the whole experience, allow it to change you for the better, and let go of the past,” she says. “The mindset of ‘That’s not how they did it at (insert hospital)’ is not going to fly in this arena.”
And bottom line, Mary advises: “Be brave — you can do this!”
Rising Star winner Tarra is a NICU RN working in the Houston, Texas area. She’s been a nurse since June 2012 and started traveling in January 2015.
Her Medical Solutions Career Consultant is Melissa K., who commends Tarra’s “remarkable” dedication to her job and says that Tarra “always has a great attitude, is up for any challenge, and does anything asked of her.”
Tarra actually comes from a family of nurses.
“My mother and my brother are both LVNs, and he is currently in school to get his RN,” she says.
Tarra says that the best part of Travel Nursing is being able to experience different people, cultures, and nursing styles, and being able to incorporate that into her own style of nursing.
“I really like working in Houston because of the diverse population, amazing food, and the opportunities to learn so many different things at work,” says Tarra. “When I worked in Idaho, the scenery was so beautiful; I loved the mountains!”
As for advice for new Travelers, Tarra encourages others to keep an open mind when choosing locations.
“Don’t be afraid to venture out and try new places,” she says. “I never would’ve thought my first assignment would be in Idaho, but I left appreciating nature even more. I would also say to make sure you get out and experience as much as you can!”
Congrats again to our wonderful Traveler of the Month and Rising Star winners, Mary and Tarra. We are so grateful for your commitment to excellent patient care!
What does it take to become a Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect evaluation from their hospital are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card.