Many thanks and congrats to the September 2016 Traveler of the Month, Shanetha S., and also our Rising Star winner, Matthew L.!
Traveler of the Month Shanetha is an RN, BSN working in ICU. She works with Career Consultant Geri K. and is currently on assignment in Texas. Shanetha has been in nursing for five years and started Travel Nursing in 2016.
“One of the best things about Travel Nursing is the opportunity to see the many sides of nursing,” says Shanetha. “This has allowed me to identify the direction that I want to advance my career in from various locations and pursue it.”
In addition to taking on Texas, Shanetha also enjoyed her assignment in San Francisco, where she appreciated the “various outdoor activities and attractions to visit.”
Shanetha is an excellent listener — she can listen for hours without interruption — which also makes her very wise. Here are her top tips to help new or aspiring Travelers succeed:
- “I would tell new Travel Nurses to review your contract very carefully before signing it, especially in regards to floating to various units and guaranteed hours.”
- “Remember that your attitude truly makes a difference and that not everything is going to be perfect, but in the end, it is only for a short time. So ask questions and be prepared.”
- “Lastly, enjoy the days off. Being alone in an unfamiliar area can get very lonely. So, plan something on the days off and relax.”
Rising Star Matthew is an RN, BSN in ER/Trauma and he works with Medical Solutions Career Consultant Joe T. He’s been a nurse for two and a half years, has been traveling for nearly a year, and is currently on assignment in New Hampshire.
So far, Matthew’s favorite location has been Nashville, Tennessee.
“Great people, great city, and close to my hometown,” he says.
Matthew enjoys the many personal and professional opportunities Travel Nursing has provided him.
“It’s a great experience to see different places, different cities, and to exercise different nursing skills with each new environment,” says Matthew. “You also meet a lot of really incredible fellow colleagues, which presents infinite opportunities to learn and teach each other.”
Fun fact about Matthew: When he’s not focused on being a nursing pro, you might find him flexing his pipes!
“I’ve always loved singing,” says Matthew. “I’ve performed at Carnegie Hall and I have a four-octave vocal range — E1 to G#5; obviously working on a five-octave!”
Here are some excellent tips from Matthew to keep folks from singing the new Traveler blues and help them succeed in Travel Nursing:
- “Be open minded and don’t be afraid of what’s out there. If you survived nursing school for a few years, you can survive even your least favorite contract for a few months! Chances are, though, that you’ll love each one for its own positives.”
2. “Always be confident in yourself and your skills; you’re nothing less than an asset and you can make a big difference in the lives of patients and coworkers alike.”
3. “Your Career Consultant is the best resource you have for anything. You are a team, and he or she wants to help you succeed above all else. Never be afraid to reach out to your recruiter for anything!”
Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions September 2016 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star! Shanetha and Matthew, we are so grateful for your amazing dedication and commitment to providing excellent patient care!
Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? 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 learn more and find out if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!