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. I broadened my clinical skills by working in different units and severing different population. Eventually, travel nursing opened the door to a job in nursing leadership in New York City that really elevated my career and resume! My travel experience was invaluable. I have met so many wonderful people and have experienced some wonderful cities. I would seriously recommend travel nursing to EVERY NURSE! Have you traveled before? Are you considering it? Let us know!