Many kudos and congrats to the August 2015 Traveler of the Month, Irene W., and also our Rising Star winner, Kendra L.
Traveler of the Month Irene is a Critical Care RN currently enjoying an assignment in Nebraska with the help of her Medical Solutions Career Consultant Ashley K., who Irene says is “the BEST recruiter!”
Irene, a nurse for 27 years and Traveler for the past five years, says she feels “blessed every day that I have been given the opportunity to do this.” She travels with her husband, a retired firefighter, and their two dogs, Lexie and Zoe.
“I do not have a favorite location — every location I have been to is my favorite,” says Irene. “Every location has something wonderful to offer. The best thing about traveling is that you get to meet so many wonderful people, see different cultures, and have the opportunity to visit our beautiful country.”
Irene offers great advice for new Travelers.
“The biggest thing I would say to new Travelers is to remember that you are a guest in their facility,” says Irene. “You would never criticize or try to change anything if you were a guest in your friend’s house. This is their house and you are the stranger.”
Rising Star Kendra is an ICU RN on assignment in Colorado who’s been in nursing for two and a half years and has been traveling for about nine months so far. Her Career Consultant at Medical Solutions is Ryan H.
Kendra’s favorite location so far was her previous assignment in Colorado.
“I loved being near the Rocky Mountains and experiencing winter as well as summer in the area. The snowcapped mountains were certainly a sight I will forever remember and no picture could possibly capture the true beauty of this state,” she says. “I was able to travel around to see different landmarks and scenery; from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Sand Dunes National Park it was all equally mind-blowing.”
Kendra says her “really curly hair and Tennessee country accent” are two unique things about her that stand out and help start conversations in new settings.
“I know they are both a little random, but I think these two characteristics start many more conversations compared to my other qualities. Honestly, I was not able to say more than a sentence before people immediately noticed I was not from Colorado — and that statements stands in about any state other than, of course, Tennessee,” she says.
Kendra says there’s a lot to love about Travel Nursing.
“The best thing about Travel Nursing is certainly seeing new places and exploring new areas. Also, meeting new people and making lifelong friendships is certainly something I am forever thankful for,” she says. “At times, being alone was difficult, but in the long-run I was able to grow independently and establish new ways of life and new friendships.”
Her advice for new Travelers?
“Have a good attitude and be willing to learn and help others when needed, because at one time or another you are going to need their help,” says Kendra. “Also, be confident in your ability to provide nursing care to your patients. Just because it’s a new atmosphere does not mean you have to acquire a new set of skills. Do what you know best and that is to be a nurse and provide genuine care to your patients.”
Congrats and thanks again to August 2015’s Traveler of the Month and Rising Star — and thank you so much, Irene and Kendra, for your commitment to delivering the most excellent patient care!
Could you be the next 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.