As a nurse, the frailty of life is an everyday occurrence. We witness the beginning of life, the sustainment of life, and hold the hands of the dying. We have the privilege of caring for human life in all of its frailty.
The most difficult and lifeless hands I have ever held were those of my father’s on January 26, 2016. However devastating his death, it was also the beginning of a journey of healing and self-exploration. His final words requesting that I live a happy and fulfilling life got me thinking about working as a traveling gypsy nurse where my passion for people, nursing, and travel could culminate into a beautiful opportunity.
Nursing is a newer passion for me. I graduated from nursing school in May, 2014, and to this day I consider earning my BSN to be one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Being a nurse totally fulfills me, and whether working on a Medical Surgical floor or in ICU, I find the need to serve others with compassion runs deep in my soul.
After the death of my father early last year, my journey with grief was bitter and painful. Yet slowly I began to see life in a new light. Sometimes the light was dim, but other days the light filled me with a yearning to squeeze every ounce out of this beautiful yet unpredictable ride called life. And then one day, I made the decision to ditch my self-loathing sadness, pack my bags, and begin a new career as a travel nurse. I had met a travel nurse at my previous hospital in North Georgia who left an imprint on my heart. Debbie was a fire-cracker Advantage RN traveler with a personality as big as her heart. With her guidance, I signed my first contract to work with a facility in Palmer, Alaska.
My 13-week contract is coming to an end next week, and these past 13 weeks have been some of the best in my career. I have clinically seen procedures I haven’t witnessed before as I am experiencing medicine in a completely different geographical area with unfamiliar illnesses and cultures. It’s a constant learning experience. Travel nursing is allowing me to challenge myself both clinically and personally. While the hospital experience has been rewarding, learning more about Alaska on my off days is something I will cherish forever. Traveling allows you to expand your horizons and safely immerse into a new culture. Ice fishing, skiing at Alyeska Ski Resort, and eating moose heart are just a few of my new experiences. My adventure will not end here, however, as I have decided to head back to the lower 48 and continue my journey in Fargo, North Dakota.
It has been said that adventure is dangerous, but routine can be lethal. I’ll risk taking the adventure any day and suggest you squeeze every ounce out of life, pack your bags, and join me!
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