Cheers and congrats to the October 2015 Traveler of the Month, Maria L., and also our Rising Star winner, Erin B.!
Traveler of the Month Maria, RN, CCRN, has 20-plus years’ experience in nursing, has been traveling for 10 years, and just completed her latest assignment in the gorgeous South Bay area of California. Stephanie B. is her Career Consultant, and here’s one among many neat things about Maria: Her husband Kevin, an OR RN, won Traveler of the Month for February 2015!
So, basically, Maria and Kevin are a seriously awesome roving RN duo who provide excellent patient care wherever they go. Sounds like a couple of superheroes to me!
When we caught up with Kevin in February he said they enjoy the freedom of Travel Nursing and how it allows them the chance to take time off when they want. Well, the proof’s in the pudding, because when we reached out to Maria regarding her October win, the pair was on a fabulous anniversary cruise in Southeast Asia.
“It is so great to travel with my best buddy,” says Maria. “It feels like a second honeymoon!”
Maria says she’s “never had a dull assignment,” but she particularly enjoyed Orlando and Washington DC areas because there were “lots of things to see and do.”
“Travel Nursing affords us a new playground with each new assignment,” says Maria. “New friends and life experiences to be made with each stop!”
When she went to school to become a chemist, Maria did not originally plan to become a nurse. But, she really fell hard for nursing.
“I absolutely love being a nurse and am passionate about my ICU practice,” she says.
In addition to a shared love of Travel Nursing, Maria says she and Kevin enjoy cooking, traveling, and family — and, they’re anxiously awaiting the birth of their 10th grandchild!
Maria’s tips for success in Travel Nursing?
“My husband and I give 110% of our very best to each facility to which we work; never the ‘I’ll be outta here in 13 weeks’ attitude,” she says. “We make it a point never to say, ‘Well, we did it this way the last place I worked,’ because it somewhat diminishes the current facility’s policy and procedure/protocol. Welcome the new hospital’s nuances — do not outwardly verbalize your negative opinions. Make yourself approachable. Do accept invitations to co-workers’ invitations to good, clean fun.”
Rising Star Erin, RN, BSN is an ER nurse currently on assignment in gorgeous Seattle, Washington. She’s been in nursing for two and a half years, has been traveling about five months, and her Career Consultant is Erin F.
Erin is having a ball in Seattle, by the way!
“I love the abundance of live music, the variety of food, and the access to the trails and the outdoors all while being close to the city center,” she says. “The city has its own zany personality and is very dog friendly!”
Speaking of pups, Erin travels with one fur baby, a malti-poo named Chopsticks — a rescue pup she’s had for two years. Erin is an all-around animal lover. She used to ride horses regularly and even owned her own quarter horse named Mocha when she lived in Arizona.
“Travel Nursing has been such a cool adventure,” says Erin. “I like meeting new people and I enjoy the challenge of learning a new flow and getting out of my comfort zone. Traveling forces you to be confident in your skill set and keeps you flexible enough to learn a new way of doing things from others.”
Erin’s tips for how to succeed as a new Travel Nurse?
“Talk to everyone,” she advises. “Most everyone is very accepting of Travelers and wants to help you out and get to know you. Plus, locals know all about the best places to hike, the best dives in town, and the most interesting non-touristy places to visit.”
“My second piece of advice is to ask for what you want, both with the recruiter and the places you will be working. My recruiter (shout out to Erin!) is excellent about always asking what I want and trying to place me in hospitals where she believes I will be happy. The more I tell her, the easier time she has placing me, which results in a better traveling experience over all.”
Congratulations again the October 2015 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star — and thank you so much, Maria and Erin, for all of your hard work and dedication to delivering the best patient care!
Could you be next month’s Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? 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 how you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa gift card and, of course, big-time bragging rights!