Meet Spring – an Experienced and Happy Traveler with Advantage RN
Advantage RN caught up with Spring T., RN, recently and asked her to share some of her travel nurse wisdom. Spring has been an RN for five years and a traveler for three. Her love of travel and adventure has met its match with her choice to be a travel nurse! Read on for more details and check out her photos taken from her out-of-facility adventures.
Advantage RN: What influenced your decision to be a travel nurse?
Spring: I knew before I became a nurse I wanted to be a traveler. I love to travel in general, and I love adventure, so I thought this would be the best way to have both.
Advantage RN: What do you like most about your work as a travel nurse? And what do you like the least?
Spring: I love to see and explore new places outside of work. At each new hospital it’s fun and interesting to meet new people and see how each place does things. Patient care is patient care everywhere, but there are definitely new ways to learn how to do things.
As far as what I like the least, I’ve have to say the first few weeks of a new assignment can be a little nerve wracking until you get familiar with the people and policies. After the jitters are over, it is a lot of fun.
Advantage RN: What advice would you give a new traveler who is ready to embark on her/his first assignment?
Spring: Be flexible and remember there is more than one ‘right’ way to do things. The permanent staff of a facility generally doesn’t like to hear travelers say things like ‘at my hospital…’ or ‘I learned it this way…’. Be open to the new experiences, be friendly, adaptable, and ask a million questions. I try to talk to everyone I meet. I feel like if I’m putting myself out there and doing my best, that is all I can do. Travel nursing has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone in so many ways — I feel it’s made me a stronger, more confident person and nurse.
Sometimes travel nursing can be lonely, but pushing myself to make friends with staff and other travelers has helped. I coordinate dinner out after work and invite everyone. I also make frequent calls and Facetime loved ones at home. If I have stretch off I try to go home depending how far away it is. I always go home between assignments.
I also talk to people when I want to learn about things to do in the area, and this question opens up conversations as well. I also look online for area info, events, and things to do. I use the Roadtrippers app for getting from place to place or learning about day drives.
Advantage RN: What has been your favorite assignment with Advantage RN so far? What made it special?
Spring: I’ve been here in North Dakota for 10 months now, and I’d only intended to stay one assignment. I’ve loved the hospital, managers, and staff. I’ve felt like I am truly a part of the team and, in general, I don’t feel like they treat travelers any different than staff. I’d never spent any significant amount of time in North Dakota, and now I can say I’ve experienced blizzards, negative 40 degree temperatures and have seen some amazing country. I’ve driven all over the state on my days off, it’s really a great state!
I’m looking to travel to Alaska and the New England states on future assignments.
Advantage RN: Any last words to share?
Spring: I have truly enjoyed working for Advantage RN. Everyone is easy to work with, professional and kind — starting with my recruiter, Melanie. She’s the best!
Advantage RN: We couldn’t agree more! Melanie is one special person! Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Spring!