We’d like to send a big shout-out and congratulations to our June Traveler of the Month, Amy R., and also our Rising Star winner, Linda R.
Traveler of the Month Amy has been an RN for 28 years and was an LVN for five years prior. She’s spent the last 16 years in OR, but also has experience in ER, ICU/CCU, tele, med-surg, PACU, and even administration. Wow, talk about well-versed!
Amy, who begins a new assignment in Northern California this August, travels with her husband; he is retired and likes to “catch up on his reading, movies, and go for motorcycle rides” while Amy’s at work.
“We’re looking forward to visiting wine country,” says Amy. “Plus, it’s someplace my husband and I might retire to … Along with seeing new places and meeting new people, travel nursing allows my husband and me the opportunity to ‘try out’ a community while getting paid.”
The couple has been traveling together for nearly three years, and of the five states Amy has worked in — California, Arizona, Idaho, Washington, and Texas — their favorite spot was San Luis Obispo, California.
“It’s a friendly college town, near the coast, has a great farmers market, lots of laid back music venues, some wineries in the area, and Amtrak runs through town so you can travel north and south on the train,” says Amy.
She says her goal is be a co-worker that perm staff are sad to see go at the end of her contract. She advises Travelers to do their homework prior to an assignment, have a positive, friendly attitude, and take good care of themselves outside of work.
“The more helpful I am to my coworkers, the more they are willing to help me,” says Amy. “Be proactive about it: Ask ‘How can I help you?’ instead of waiting to be asked. If you need help, ask for it, and be specific. Don’t assume others know you need help. Genuinely thank others for their help.”
Rising Star Linda, CST, has been in nursing for more than 20 years, but began her first travel assignment at the end of March 2014.
She is already soaking up the awesome experiences Travel Nursing offers.
“The best thing about traveling is meeting new people and exploring the area,” Linda says.
Although she a new to traveling, Linda’s already got some great advice for new or prospective Travelers.
“When going into a new hospital, remember that you are there to help them so just do your job and don’t get involved in any of the politics,” she says. “Just enjoy the freedom you have: meeting new people and taking in all the sights.”
Thanks again to Amy and Linda for being such great examples of Travelers and for providing excellent patient care everywhere they go!
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