Dec 01, 2016

WHY TRAVEL NURSING? – MY STORY

Ever since I could remember, I’ve wanted to become a nurse. I can actually remember when my mother started nursing school. I remember her leaving early for clinicals dressed in white. I remember her staying up studying really late after getting off work. I even remember attending her pinning ceremony. I was so proud of her. Proud because she came to this country, decided to go to school, and dedicated her life to helping others. I knew I wanted to help others too, and I knew that I wanted to make her proud.

The “official” decision to become a nurse came in high school though. I remember researching the internet one day after school. Nursing is such a versatile career. There are so many directions one can go. So I cruised around and came across so many opportunities. However, one really stood out to me. Yup, Travel Nursing. You mean, I can travel and work? The idea of spending 3 months in California, Hawaii, and Denver was so exciting. I mean, you can choose where you live and work! I’ve always loved traveling and I love trying new things. I knew that day that one day, I would become a travel nurse.

After graduating, I had the opportunity to work on a medical telemetry unit for 2 years. I gained some great experience there. It was a busy unit and I was exposed to a great deal during that time. I had some great coworkers too. However, I was itching to start traveling so I contacted a travel agency and got started!

I’ve traveled to 4 cities and enjoyed every bit of my experience. Travel nursing opened the door to a job in nursing leadership in New York City, where I am right now! My experience traveling is invaluable. I have met so many wonderful people and have experienced some wonderful cities. I love what I’m doing now but I look forward to the day where I can travel again!

Patricia , RN

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