Many thanks and congrats to the December 2015 Traveler of the Month, Stephanie H., and also our Rising Star winner, Patricia “Trish” W.!
Traveler of the Month Stephanie H. is an RN, MSN, with a focus in Critical Care Nursing. Coming up in June 2016 she will celebrate her 10-year nursing anniversary. Stephanie has been traveling for three years and works with Career Consultant Greg A.
Stephanie’s favorite location so far through her travels has been Spokane, Washington.
“The area was amazing! I loved the beauty of the outdoors and the opportunity to hike and explore some amazing places,” she says.
For her first four assignments, Stephanie traveled with her best friend, also a Travel RN working with Medical Solutions.
“Those were the best because I had my ‘bestie’ with me to explore each new place we came to,” she says.
In addition to being an awesome nurse, Stephanie loves to sing — a talent she incorporates both on and off the job.
“I grew up singing for church, weddings, banquets, things like that,” she says. “I sometimes sing to my patients, and I have been asked by my coworkers to sing for them as well. I suppose it’s a unique way to bring cheer into the lives of those around me, and is therefore an extension of my nursing skills.”
For Stephanie, the best thing about Travel Nursing is the opportunity to meet so many people and see so many wonderful things. She also appreciates how it prevents Travelers from becoming “tunnel visioned.”
“You see how different hospitals do things differently,” she says. “In this way, you can better judge what works and what doesn’t. You have the opportunity to positively impact a lot of hospital cultures. Also, you do not have time to get too burnt out with working in the same environment with the same people. It keeps you sharp.”
Stephanie offers several excellent tips to help new Travel Nurses succeed.
- “Do not let your fear cripple you. Nursing is nursing. Jump in there and learn what I call the ‘local flavor.’ It may look a little different from what you are used to, but at the core, nursing skills are the same no matter where you are. Be confident in what you know.”
- “Be humble. Do not try to revolutionize the existing systems into which you are coming. You may have a better way, but be respectful of the nurses and managers with whom you are working. Once you have established a rapport with them, you can make suggestions on how improvements may be made. Otherwise, you may generate some negative feelings thereby creating an unpleasant work environment for yourself.”
- “Work hard! You are there to fill a need. Do your best at it. I have had some hospitals tell me that they have been displeased with past Travelers because of their laziness and/or incompetence. Do not be one of those. Raise the bar and represent Medical Solutions at your best!”
Rising Star Trish is an OR CST currently on assignment in Minnesota. She’s been a CST for 21 years and works with Career Consultant Todd L.
Trish is an avid Harley rider, and she and her husband enjoy taking long bike rides in the summer. She currently travels with her cat Spunky and her current location is her favorite.
“I am on my third assignment here and I love the staff, doctors, family atmosphere, teamwork, management staff … I love it here! The city is amazing also,” she says.
“The best thing about Travel Nursing is meeting new people, learning new things, and going places you’ve never been,” says Trish. “Being able to pick your time off between assignments is also an aspect of being a Traveler that I love.”
Trish also has some pretty great advice for new Travelers.
“Be confident but humble about what you know, admit what you don’t know, and be flexible,” she advises. “Take pride in the job you do!”
Congrats and many thanks again to the December 2015 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Thank you so much, Stephanie and Trish, for your hard work, talent, and dedication to awesome patient care!
Could you be next month’s Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are in the running for these two monthly awards — with Rising Star going to rookie Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to find out what’s it’s all about and to see how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and, of course, major bragging rights!