Many thanks and congrats to the February 2016 Traveler of the Month, Brandi P., and also our Rising Star winner, Alexandra B.!
Traveler of the Month Brandi is an RN, BSN specializing in NICU and currently on assignment in Washington state. She’s been in nursing for five years and Travel Nursing for just over two years. Brandi works with Career Consultant Nick P.
Brandi’s favorite location so far has been Corpus Christi, Texas.
“The hospital I worked for was absolutely amazing, and my co-workers were even better,” she says. “They not only accepted me into their staff with open arms, but they really made me feel like part of the family. Plus the location is amazing. Padre Island is beautiful and a very short drive from the city. Texas in general is a beautiful place, and there is always something to do and somewhere to go. That said, Washington is a close second — this place is stunningly beautiful!”
Brandi travels accompanied by her “handsome fur-child, Hank.”
“He’s a cat I rescued (more like he rescued me) from the SPCA on my very first travel assignment when he was four months old. He’s been traveling by my side ever since,” she says.
Brandi grew up in a town of 800 people and, before Travel Nursing, she says she had never lived more than an hour from her hometown.
“My first assignment took me 28 hours and 1500 miles from home,” she says. “It was definitely a huge change.”
But it’s been a change Brandi has fully embraced and one that’s brought her a wealth of amazing experiences!
“The best thing about Travel Nursing is really the ability to go anywhere your heart desires, and be able to broaden your mind, your knowledge in your specialty, and your cultural experiences,” she says. “What other career gives you the option to explore the world, learn from new cultures, care for others, and gain an immense amount of educational experience all while being within the flexible terms of your short contract?”
Brandi offered up three excellent tips for new Travel Nurses:
“Remain flexible. The whole reason behind Travel Nursing is to relieve a hospital that is in need of help. We are there to help. That means keeping an open mind, being flexible — but safe with patient assignments and shifts. It’s very easy in this particular profession to forget why it is you’re there and to become greedy and selfish with everything. Which leads me into my next tip … ”
“Always stay humble and remember your true intentions for Travel Nursing. We’re in this career to serve others through medicine and healing hands. It’s so very easy to get lost in the beautiful wonders of traveling and exploring, that we forget why we’re in this location in the first place. Whatever the reason it is that you got into Travel Nursing, always remember that reason. Stay humble, kind, respectful and responsible at all times. And remember, a simple smile really goes a long way!”
“Enjoy it and embrace it. Travel Nursing really is a once in a lifetime endeavor and while it can be incredibly stressful, it’s an amazing way to live this beautiful life we have!”
Rising Star Alexandra is an RN, BSN specializing in ER. Her recruiter at Medical Solutions is Career Consultant Renee C., and her current assignment has taken her to the beautiful Bluegrass State, Kentucky.
Alexandra has been in nursing for nearly two years and has been Travel Nursing with Medical Solutions for a little more than four months.
Alex travels solo for the time being, but she hopes to bring her adorable and “super cuddly” pet hedgehog, Wilbur, along on her next assignment. In the meantime, Wilbur stays at home with Alex’s husband Shane, who is active duty Army and must remain close to his base. When they get the chance, she and Shane like to go to Nashville Predators hockey games together.
Alexandra’s favorite location so far has been her first assignment, in Wisconsin, just northeast of Madison.
“The staff were so friendly and quickly took me in as a part of their team,” says Alexandra of the dedicated team at the Community Hospital where she worked in Wisconsin. “They provide excellent medical care and are an invaluable resource for their community.”
Alex’s passion for Travel Nursing is rooted in learning new things and supporting overworked perm nurses.
“The best part of being a Travel Nurse is seeing how different facilities and providers administer care in different ways,” she says. “Helping hospitals fill staffing needs to take strain off of their core staff is one of the most rewarding parts of traveling. I’ve been that overworked nurse, before I decided to go travel, and it was like a breath of fresh air when Travelers came in to help.”
Alex’s tip for new Travelers?
“As a brand new Travel Nurse I found it really helpful to stay flexible, be positive, and try to make the most out of every place I go,” she says.
That is excellent advice, Alex!
Congratulations again to the February 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Thank you so much, Brandi and Alexandra, for your amazing dedication, talent, and hard work in providing superior patient care!
Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? All Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer 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 the pride that comes from being recognized for doing such great work!