On Assignment Nurse
On my days off, I volunteer with the local SAR communities and California Search and Rescue Dog Association.
I spent my first travel assignment in New Orleans, Louisiana during Mardi Gras, then made my way up the East Coast, where I worked as a summer camp nurse. I spent a gorgeous autumn in New England, and then traveled to Memphis, Tennessee for the winter. I spend my assignments eating all the good food, adventuring outdoors with my dog, and baking goodies to send back home!
I traveled throughout my pregnancy. I worked until I was 38 weeks pregnant and delivered my son in Honolulu, Hawaii before moving back home.
Without becoming a Travel Nurse, I would still be at home and probably never have left my hometown hospital. I am very grateful for the opportunity Medical Solutions has given me to work and travel. Next stop, Milwaukee, Wisconsin!
I started traveling with my family in 2014. We have hiked all up and down the western states and are planning on traveling eastward this year.
Our Cocoa is a great traveler. She has visited Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, and Crazy Horse Memorial. She is going to be one well-traveled dog.
Boise, Idaho was absolutely beautiful. I was hesitant to go, but was very happily surprised. Best assignment so far!
My husband and I decided to start living married life by adventuring together. We will be celebrating our first year of marriage in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We have loved every minute of traveling and experiencing new things together.
My husband and I found ourselves chasing our own shadow (literally), while driving on the Native American reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. If you look closely at this photo, you will see that I captured the shadow of our vehicle traveling down the road. I have been traveling with Medical Solutions on and off for two years now, and they are by far my favorite agency! Josh, you rock!
Through travel nursing I have been blessed with the ability to guide my own career path while also enjoying the limitless adventures at each new assignment. Medical Solutions has been instrumental in advocating for me and my goals in such a stress-free manner. I will always be grateful for everything they have helped me accomplish.
I am a culture enthusiast. While on a travel assignment in Sacramento, California I ate some delicious authentic homemade Greek, Indian, and Filipino food which was a treat from my daily routine. I also made a lot of good friends. A big 'thanks!' to my recruiter Bobby.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to strengthen my nursing skills through Travel Nursing with Medical Solutions, as well as the personal growth and experiences I've gained. I've made memories that will last a lifetime, and am fortunate enough to be able to travel with my dog, Macie.
Before I started with Medical Solutions I had never stepped foot in the Pacific Ocean, had lunch on top of a mountain, or stared in awe at the Grand Canyon; this week I did all three.
What better way to see the country, be a permanent tourist, advance your nursing skills, and figure out where you want to live when you grow up? Travel Nursing is the best!
If you seek adventure and enjoy new, flexible work environments than travel nursing is the right path for you!
First assignment in NorCal!! Decided to travel after my husband got out of the military, and see the USA! Thanks Medical Solutions
One of my FAVORITE spots in Arizona, Sedona, just down the road is sliding rock state park - a natural-made water slide! I went camping just down the street and woke up early for that hike and saw some hot air balloons in the distance.
I loved exploring the wonders of Oregon, with its endless waterfalls, mountain hiking, and pure beauty!
During my Arizona assignment, I hiked to Havasupai Falls and camped at the Indian reservation at the bottom. From there, I hiked down to the Colorado River and back. In all, I covered 36 miles in three days, and it was the most beautiful, serene environment I have ever been in!
This is my first day as a gypsy. Yes , my car is all packed and I am ready to go. What adventures, challenges, and accomplishments lie before me!
FIND THE PERFECT MATCH FOR YOUR TRAVELING NURSE CAREER.
Finding the perfect Travel Nursing company is a lot like dating. You talk with tons of recruiters in an effort to learn more about the company. But at the end of the day, is there really such a thing as a perfect match for your career? At Medical Solutions, we believe there is.
Hit the road with Medical Solutions and you’ll experience the best service the Travel Nursing industry has to offer, plus the adventure, compensation, and excellent benefits you desire and deserve.
Remember in grade school when we had this spot on our report cards that read, “Gets along and plays well with others?” Well, that is about how things are in the big world also!
Your first impression takes you a long ways when it comes to getting along and working well with others upon arrival to your new unit. Go to your charge nurse the first day with a smile and tell them who you are and that, “I’m here to help.” Remember that it is awfully hard to chew on someone’s butt when they are smiling.
A slight aggressive approach here is much better than one in which you saunter up to the nurses station and just sit there. That may give the first impression that you are lazy and just want to set around instead of being excited to help, and being excited about your new adventure.
Be optimistic that this assignment is going to be the best you have ever had. This is your home floor for the next few months, so don’t go onto the floor with an attitude of “what kind of mess did I get myself into.” The unit may be an older unit, but even older units can have great staff.
Whatever you do, don’t be late on your first day. When you first get into town, drive the route several times to get an idea of how long it is going to take to get from your apartment to the hospital. Then add ten minutes to make sure that you get there early.
In the first week of orientation it is very important to remember that you have two ears and only one mouth. Don’t say all the things that you can do, but show them what you can do. Take an active roll in orientation and promote your own independence. One of the easiest ways to do this is to answer call lights without being told to and very promptly. This will show others that you have a willingness to work.
Take the focus off of yourself when people start asking about your background by also being interested in what they have to say. Sometimes the background of others can be just as exciting as traveling around the United States taking care of people. I have ran into fascinating nurses that have lived in some of the places that I have worked at, nurses who lived in the same type of farm that my grandparents lived on, and nurses who are new not only to nursing, but to the United States.
After working there for a few weeks both you and the other nurses get more relaxed and comfortable with each other, but you still have to remember about having two ears and one mouth. This is the easiest time to mess things up by bragging about all the things you have done. Just remember that life is not a box of chocolates, but a jar of jalapeño’s that can burn your butts later.
When conflict comes up, you have to use it as a tool for input instead of a tool of destruction. Don’t feed into the negative thoughts of others and join into the conflicts that already exist on the floor. Although you might have a few suggestions, it isn’t wise to express them until you have settled in and can confide in a charge nurse or unit manager whom really wants to know what you think.
Avoid negative feelings about others and remember that we are all different. Each one of us can bring something to the table to make a positive impact on the unit; you just have to use a lot more tact than you would if you were a regular floor nurse.
Keep opinions to yourself that will cause an emotional outburst. A highly emotional situation can bring up some very bad tempers. When emotions instead of facts come out in a conflict, then you have gone too far.
As a staff nurse you might get along with some nurses but still have a few sparse friends or a cliché that sees things the way you do, but remember as a traveling nurse, you will soon be alienated if you are too far out of the mold. An alienated nurse will never have a fun assignment.
Written by Epstein LaRue, RN, author of the number one rated nursing, trends, issues, and roles book series, “Highway Hypodermics.” For more information on travel nursing including travel company profiles, travel company evaluations, and hospital evaluations, visit her website at: www.highwayhypodermics.com