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Why You Should Consider Travel Nursing Now
With two or more years of nursing experience under you belt, you might be ready to consider the leap into travel nursing. Now is a great time to start your career as a traveler! As you begin your research, make sure to keep in mind what you hope to get out of travel nursing and what is important to you. While you evaluate all the pros and cons, consider these benefits that make work as a travel nurse unique.
By Katie Dashiell Jul 25, 2019
Working As a School Healthcare Professional
Working as a healthcare professional in any field is demanding. Sometimes you just need an escape, preferably on a beach, laying in a hammock. A school setting allows nurses and therapists to have their summers free to relax and unwind, or to pick up an interesting travel assignment and become a Working Tourist. With fall already right around the corner, plan your next assignment in a school so you can plan your next holiday vacation too! There are plenty of job opportunities in school..
By Supplemental Health Care Jul 11, 2019
Travel to the Desert Oasis of Tucson
For a "Show-Me" state girl like myself, the drive out to my travel assignment in Tucson, AZ was one that required a great deal of planning and patience. Plotted out over three days, I made sure to incorporate as many obscure oddities and road side attractions as I could possibly pack into an already cramped silver sedan. With the assistance of a very clutch app by the name of Roadtrippers, I was able to flawlessly plot out the basic necessities like gas stations, pet-friendly hotels (for my..
By Rachel Jones, Travel RN Jun 25, 2019
Working Tourist: A Humanitarian Nurse's Story
Linda Gaye has been a travel RN for two years off and on; currently working as a float nurse in North Dakota. Unlike other travelers we spotlight on Working Tourist, Linda’s nursing work doesn’t stop when she’s off the clock. Volunteering as a nurse on medical missions is Linda’s true passion. Her travel nursing work allows her to fund her international trips and gives her the flexible schedule to make the time to go between assignments.
By Katie Dashiell Jun 20, 2019
Working Tourist: Exploring Your Options Through Travel
Lauren Brennan, MOT OTR/L, has been an occupational therapist for three years this July and has been traveling as an OT for about half as long. She is currently in Denver on her fifth travel assignment. She started in outpatient pediatrics in St. Louis, MO, and has since worked in multiple settings and traveled to four different states with no intention of stopping anytime soon.
By Carrie Hannah Apr 9, 2019
Working Tourist: Hiking into a New Home
Lizzie Murphy has been a travel Med Surg RN for three and half years now. She always knew she wanted to go into healthcare since both of her parents are physicians. Initially, nursing was something she could see as a career for herself because of the quality of life and schedule. Traveling for work was an added bonus.
By Katie Dashiell Mar 21, 2019
Working Tourist: Discover Yourself Through Traveling
Rachel Jones has always been the caregiver type, so her decision to go into nursing felt like a natural progression to her. Rachel initially started out as a RN in rehab and psychiatric nursing, as she found acute settings more daunting. Taking it at her own pace, she now works as a traveler on medical surgical and telemetry assignments. She shared some of her experiences with us and what she’s learned about travel nursing and herself along the way.
By Katie Dashiell Feb 28, 2019
Working Tourist: From School Bus to Home
With a career traveling around as a home care physical therapist and actor, Ryan King wanted his home base to fit his adventurous lifestyle. Ryan had imagined building a tiny home for himself one day and he finally made his dream a reality last year. Although it wasn’t an easy journey, Ryan was able to convert a school bus into a portable home he can now travel with across the country.
By Katie Dashiell Jan 31, 2019
Working Tourist: Have Camera, Will Travel
Toni Boykin has been an LPN for eighteen years. As one can imagine, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including Home Health, Hospice, Pediatrics, Addiction Rehabilitation, and Case Management. She had always wanted to travel, but at the time, there were not any opportunities for LPNs to travel, so she went on with her career and kept her desires for travel on the back burner.
By Supplemental Health Care Nov 27, 2018
The Season for Giving Thanks
Last year, when I penned my first blog post for Supplemental Health Care, I was fairly new to the organization, but I had a strong sense that I had joined a very special team. Throughout this past year, I have learned so much more about the amazing men and women who work for SHC, that I am compelled to give thanks every day for the work we are doing. And what better time to write about that than in this season of giving thanks.
By Mary B. Lucas Nov 20, 2018
Working Tourist: Chasing the Northern Lights
   Haley Whisenhunt has always had a little bit of wanderlust. She enjoyed traveling and trying new things, but her career as an ER nurse kept her too busy to get out on the open road. Then she discovered travel nursing! “I found that travel nursing was a great fit for me,” she explains. “How else could I work a job that I love AND travel and explore new places?”
By Supplemental Health Care Nov 8, 2018
Working Tourist: Deciding to Try Home Health Care
Since 1983, November is recognized as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a type of dementia that is the sixth leading cause of death in America and is afflicting over five million individuals. Because Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disorder, in the early stages, family members and other care providers are able to provide enough support to allow the individual to maintain their independence until the challenges become too great. This working tourist profile highlights the career choices of someone who..
By Supplemental Health Care Nov 1, 2018
Working Tourist: Breathing New Life into a Career
As is so often the case with healthcare professionals, life experiences play a role in the decision to pursue a career in medicine. For Alisha Ross, that was the case as both of her grandfathers lost their lives to lung-related diseases. While trying to decide which area of healthcare she wanted to focus on, Alisha had a conversation with the instructor for Respiratory Care, and it reminded her of the treatments her grandfathers received from Respiratory Therapists. Whether it was setting up..
By Supplemental Health Care Sep 27, 2018
Working Tourist: When One Door Closes…
Successful people take advantage of opportunities in life. When faced with a challenge they dig deep and strive to overcome. In March 2014, Radiology Technician Barb Houston did exactly that! As is happening throughout the healthcare industry, her long-time employer went through a series of managerial changes and Barb found herself out of a job. Living in a small town, her options were limited, but the fact that her son was grown and on his own, Barb knew she could take her time to figure out..
By Supplemental Health Care Aug 16, 2018
Working Tourist: Traveling as a Nurse and a Foodie
Ray Brillantes is coming up on his first full year as a travel nurse. He specializes in Behavioral Health / Psychiatric Nursing and decided to begin taking travel assignments as a means to meet different individuals in behavioral nursing and to learn more about his specialty.
By Supplemental Health Care Jul 26, 2018
Working Tourist: Welcome to Alaska
Marianne TeBeau decided to take the plunge into travel nursing in November 2015. She had reached a point in her life where her kids had grown, and the timing seemed right for a change. Marianne specializes in Home Health Care and feels that each of her five assignments have all contributed to making her a better nurse.
By Supplemental Health Care Jul 17, 2018
EAP: Helping You Get the Most Out of Your Travel Assignment
Just because you are away on a travel assignment that doesn’t mean your normal everyday challenges are left behind.  Sometimes, being away from home can make those challenges seem bigger. 
By Supplemental Health Care Jun 6, 2018
Working Tourist: Making a Difference in a Short Time
Morgan Lapresi has been a travel Occupational Therapist for only four months, but she has already determined that she wants to be a traveler for as long as she can.  So far, she has had two assignments in Skilled Nursing Facilities and has made a great connection with her older patients.
By Supplemental Health Care May 31, 2018
Oklahoma is an eNLC State. Plan Your Travel Assignment Today!
In January, Oklahoma, a state that was not part of the original compact passed eNLC legislation and is now a compact state. 
By Supplemental Health Care May 29, 2018
Working Tourist: Always Finding a Way Back Home
Alexandra Lundy has been traveling as a Speech-Language Pathologist for three years now.  She decided to begin taking travel assignments because she has always enjoyed moving around and exploring new areas.  Her career as a “working tourist” has given her the opportunity to spend time in new cities, meet new people, and work in different school settings, and when the assignment is over, she loves being able to come back home and spend time with her family and friends for a while.
By Supplemental Health Care May 17, 2018
Working Tourist: Experiencing "Firsts" Through Travel Nursing
After being a nursing professional for four years, Danielle Costello began feeling the need for a change.  She was entertaining thoughts of becoming a travel nurse but had also been accepted to grad school.  Finally, in January 2017, after speaking with several travelers that were working at the hospital where she was employed, Danielle decided to become a travel nurse.
By Supplemental Health Care May 10, 2018
Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
In January of this year, enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact legislation was enacted to encourage more states to participate. 
By Supplemental Health Care May 2, 2018
Working Tourist: Traveling as a Necessity
For most travelers, they have chosen the somewhat nomadic career because they want to fulfill their sense of wanderlust and explore the country.  For Michelle Rodriguez, a traveling Occupational Therapist, the decision to become a traveler was based more on necessity.  Michelle’s husband, George Cabrera, is a Drill Sargent for the United States Army so becoming a travel therapist made sense as military families tend to move around.  She has been a travel therapist for eleven years now, and the..
By Supplemental Health Care Apr 5, 2018
Working Tourist: Travel Nursing for Work and for Play
After five years as an orthopedic nurse, Jonathan Roman was ready for a change of scenery. When two of his nursing school friends told him about their next travel assignment to Maui Memorial Hospital, in August 2017, Jonathan knew he couldn’t pass up that opportunity of a lifetime. And, what a whirlwind journey it has been!
By Supplemental Health Care Mar 6, 2018
Travel Nursing with Family: Five Things to Consider
Many working tourists use the summer months to turn their travel nursing assignment into an opportunity for the whole family to experience a new place.  Summer assignments with the family in tow can be a great vacation opportunity as long as you plan ahea
By Supplemental Health Care Feb 28, 2018
The Benefits of Planning Time Off Between Assignments
For many travel nurses and therapists, theirs is a career that constantly keeps them on the go.  From traveling to and from assignments, deciding when to extend and when to find someplace new, and making the most of discovering each new city along the way
By Supplemental Health Care Jan 23, 2018
Working Tourist: A Labor of Love
Lauren Stermer has an adventurous spirit, which has led her on a new journey: travel nursing. It’s the perfect combination of exploring new places and having a fulfilling career doing what she loves. February marks her first full year traveling as a labor
By Supplemental Health Care Jan 17, 2018
Taking the Worry Out of the Nurse Licensing Process
You are at a point in your career where you are ready to check out why Travel Nursing has become such a hot nursing trend, but worrying about licensing issues has you afraid to make the move.  Worry no more, because getting a nursing license in another st
By Supplemental Health Care Dec 14, 2017
Working Tourist: Making a Wise Career Decision
For the past twenty years, Wil Shrader has made a career out of caring for the elderly.  About 14 months ago, Wil decided that he wanted to continue working in Geriatric nursing, but he felt it was time to explore new locations and care settings. 
By Supplemental Health Care Nov 27, 2017
Working Tourist: Three Years of Adventures
Three years ago, Jessica Beattie was in between jobs and trying to decide if she wanted to move across the country.   Then, as with so many things in life fate arrived in the form of a phone call from Supplemental Health Care.  Ever since that timely phon
By Supplemental Health Care Nov 16, 2017
Working Tourist: A Lifetime of Service
Jay Stine is not your ordinary travel nurse, in fact, once you get to know him you realize there is nothing ordinary about him at all.  After spending 22 years as a Maryland State Trooper, and several of those years as part of the security detail for a me
By Supplemental Health Care Sep 19, 2017
Best Destinations for Seeing Fall Foliage
We know, you are still enjoying your summer and all of the fun parties, cookouts, campfires, and trips to the beach, but it is probably time to plan your next travel assignment. 
By Supplemental Health Care Jul 27, 2017
Working Tourist: Swimming With Sharks
Gretchen Harrison has been a travel nurse for close to a year and now wonders why she didn’t get started sooner.  As a Med/Surg & Telemetry RN, Gretchen was growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges she faced when trying to request time off from
By Supplemental Health Care Jul 12, 2017
Advice for New Travel Nurses from our Travel Nurses
Regular readers of the Working Tourist are probably familiar with the profiles that we do to highlight our travel nurses, therapists, and allied talent.  Upon deciding that it was time to put together content with advice for those considering or are new t
By Supplemental Health Care Jul 6, 2017
Working Tourist: Starting Out Close to Home
Loren Stitt is on her first travel assignment and chose a location that is close to her hometown of Buffalo, New York.  She took an assignment near Rochester New York.
By Supplemental Health Care Jun 21, 2017
How School Nurses and Therapists Can Fill Their Summer
As another school year draws to a close, school-based nurses and therapists have decisions to make about how they can fill their summer months.  For those who aren’t required to work year round, summer can be a great time to spend time with the kids and f
By Supplemental Health Care Jun 13, 2017
Working Tourist: Man on a Mission
Patrick McMurray has been travel nursing for less than a year but is already seeing benefits that he didn’t necessarily expect to see.  He is finding that travel nursing is helping him become more flexible and adaptable because he is able to jump in and w
By Supplemental Health Care May 10, 2017
What Happens Back Home
No matter how long you have been a travel nurse, the excitement and anticipation of starting a new assignment never changes.  Along with that adrenaline rush of the adventure ahead, there is also the important business of taking care of the home life you
By Supplemental Health Care Apr 5, 2017
Discover Springtime in Chicago
Most of us are still rubbing the sleep out of our eyes from the long winter’s hibernation right around the time St. Patrick’s Day and then Easter rolls around.  Well, it is that time of year again, making right now the perfect time to check out all of the
By Supplemental Health Care Mar 22, 2017
Starting the Travel Nursing Journey Together
Lara Svensson and Sean Smith met in nursing school and have been together ever since.  Lara, an ICU nurse, and Sean, a surgical step-down specialist have recently begun a new chapter in their relationship; they became travel nurses!  In January 2017, they
By Supplemental Health Care Mar 21, 2017
Top Five Cities for Singles
Throughout the month of February, the Working Tourist blog has been featuring profiles on couples who have been traveling together.  If reading about those happy travelers has prompted you to consider finding a travel partner of your own, then this articl
By Supplemental Health Care Feb 28, 2017
Working Tourists: A Decade of Friendship, Marriage and Travel Nursing
January 2017 marked the tenth year that Carland and Myra Baker have been travel nurses.  During this decade of care, they have traveled near and far, from mountain towns to big cities and all the while working right beside their best friend.  Theirs is a
By Supplemental Health Care Feb 21, 2017
Working Tourist: Bringing a Piece of Home With You
Erika Wilkins and Jason Stranz met while working at the same hospital in Upstate New York.  Erika had always wanted to travel, and after she had met Jason, they began to talk about taking the plunge into the world of working tourists.  Jason typically wor
By Supplemental Health Care Feb 15, 2017
Working Tourist: Finding Love on Assignment in Tampa
Nick Bair was working four or five 12-hour shifts per week as an RN in Clayton Missouri when he decided enough was enough.  As a child, Nick’s family spent a lot of time traveling around the country, so it was a natural decision for him to take control of
By Supplemental Health Care Feb 9, 2017
Working Tourist: Traveling with your Best Friend
In May 2016, David and Jessica Golomski joined an exclusive group of travelers within the healthcare community.  They have chosen to become travel nurses together and have embarked on an exciting, fulfilling career while seeing all that our country has to
By Supplemental Health Care Feb 2, 2017
How to Find Housing as a Travel Nurse or Therapist
Is 2017 the year you finally decide to try your hand at travel nursing or travel therapy?  You’ve heard and read about all of the rewarding and exciting experiences others have had as a “Working Tourist,” but there are a few things you still need to understand.  For example, one of the main considerations, when you become a travel nurse, is “where will I stay?”  Fortunately, when you are working with Supplemental Health Care, there are housing experts available to help you every step of the way.
By Supplemental Health Care Jan 3, 2017
Working Tourist: Finding Love in Travel Nursing
Tremayne Jackson, or T.J. to everyone he meets, has been a travel nurse since 2010.  Before becoming a nurse, TJ was a Paramedic and now is an accomplished trauma nurse in the Emergency Room.  When asked about why he started traveling, he says originally
By Supplemental Health Care Dec 29, 2016
Working Tourist: On the Road in Carolina
Martha Gillich has been a Registered Nurse for 24 years, working in the ER, Labor and Delivery, and even the Dialysis Unit.  Thirteen years ago, her family commitments required her to find a nursing position that allowed for greater scheduling flexibility
By Sue Hoch Nov 23, 2016
Travel Nursing: The Cure for Whatever Ails You
“I have always had ‘itchy feet,' so to speak,” claims Garrett Curtis, a Travel RN. “Fortunately, my personal situation allows me to be as nomadic as possible, so I started traveling to get out there while I am young and still can!”
By Sue Hoch Nov 15, 2016
Going Home on Your Next Travel Assignment
“How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.”  ~ William Faulkner This quote from Faulkner illustrates a familiar feeling that many of us have as we have grown up, gone off to college, and settled in a place different from whe
By Supplemental Health Care Oct 27, 2016
Working Tourist: Enjoying the Journey
Kimiko Williams, PT/DPT was born and raised in Louisiana and will always consider herself to be a southern girl at heart.    She graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern in Fort Lau
By Supplemental Health Care Oct 17, 2016
Working Tourist: Making Up for Lost Time
Judy Solar has been a Labor & Delivery nurse for 32 years and in that time has helped a lot of moms and dads bring their newest family member into the world.  For several years now, Judy had been contemplating making a change and joining the world of trav
By Sue Hoch Sep 29, 2016
Find Yourself in the Pacific Northwest
If you have never traveled to the State of Washington, you are missing out on one of our nation’s most beautiful states.  From the coast of the Pacific Ocean, up north to the Puget Sound with its islands, fjords, and bays carved from glaciers.  Inland, th
By Supplemental Health Care Sep 22, 2016
Setting Off in an RV On Your Next Travel Assignment
Did you know that there is a pretty exclusive group of travel nurses and therapists that bring their home with them on assignments, instead of moving from apartment to apartment?  Some working tourists choose to travel in an RV when going on assignment. 
By Sue Hoch Sep 15, 2016
Tips for Reigniting Your Nursing Career
Are you at a point in your nursing career where you feel like you are on a treadmill?  While you are still passionate about providing care to your patients, have you lost some of the passion that brought you to the profession in the first place?  If so, t
By Supplemental Health Care Aug 25, 2016
Surprising Benefits of Rock Climbing
As a travel nurse or therapist, you have plenty of choices when selecting your next assignment destination. For the thirteen weeks that you are a “working tourist”, there will be new restaurants to discover, art galleries to explore, beaches to enjoy, an
By Supplemental Health Care Aug 9, 2016
Saving Money During Your Travel Assignments
There are many reasons why you love traveling.  The benefits include being able to choose when and where you work, visiting great cities all over the country, meeting new friends that you may never have had the opportunity to meet if you weren’
By Sue Hoch Jul 21, 2016
Keys to Keeping Your Licensing in Order
Every time you hit the road on your way to another Travel Nurse assignment, you are headed for a new adventure, new friends, and new learning opportunities.  One way to ensure that you are always ready for new assignments is to know the licensing requirements of the places you want to travel and to keep your licensures and certifications current.  Because the legislative process moves at glacier-like speeds, the United States has yet to create a “national” license that would be authorized in..
By Supplemental Health Care Jul 12, 2016
5 Tips For Your First Travel Assignment
For travel nurses and therapists the initial excitement at landing your first assignment is quickly followed by an exclamation of, “Now What?”  Successful first-time travel assignments can be a door opening to an exciting, adventure-filled career as a wor
By Sue Hoch Jul 7, 2016
Traveler Profile: Managing the Bucket List
Justin Canterberry has spent most of his nursing career in the ICU.  Before becoming a travel nurse, he worked in a hospital for six days on and eight days off.  Having the eight days off in a row, gave him an opportunity to travel a little bit and help o
By Sue Hoch Jun 29, 2016
A Working Tourist's Guide to Boston
History buffs are well aware of the charms to be found in Boston, Mass, but you might be surprised at just how much there is to do and enjoy in one of the oldest cities in the United States.  By all means, while you are on assignment in Boston, take the t
By Sue Hoch Jun 21, 2016
How Do School-based Therapists and Nurses Spend Their Summer
While some school systems around the country hold classes year-round, most conduct a September through mid-June curriculum.  For our school-based therapists and nurses, that leaves them with a decision to make each summer.  Many of them choose to take the
By Keiley Giboney Jun 8, 2016
Traveler Profile: Collecting Friendships Along the Way
Barbara Roth was born and raised in California and is a self-described “city girl”.  She never had many opportunities to travel during her childhood, but while she was in grad school at Boston University, she was bitten by the travel bug and has never loo
By Sue Hoch Jun 3, 2016
6 Tips for Finding Housing on Your Next Travel Assignment
Congratulations, you just landed a great new travel assignment in a city you have always dreamed of visiting.  We get it, you’re really excited about the next 13 weeks, but what are you going to do about housing?  For most travel nurses and travel therapists, the housing decision is the most important consideration once an assignment has been confirmed.  Here at Supplemental Health Care, there are teams of travel professionals ready to help you make housing arrangements that suit your needs. ..
By Sue Hoch Jun 1, 2016
Best Summer Festivals to Guide Your Next Assignment
As a travel nurse or therapist, you are one of the lucky few who get to decide when and where you want to work.  This summer, take advantage of your “working tourist” status and plan your next assignment around a great festival.  Whether you are into Art, Wine, Music, Beer or Barbecue, there is a fantastic summer festival that you can enjoy while out on assignment.  Let’s take a look at a few of the best America has to offer.
By Sue Hoch May 23, 2016
Tips for Taking Your Pet on Your Next Travel Assignment
You already have the greatest job in the world.  As a Travel Nurse or Travel Therapist, you get to choose your assignments in parts of the country that you have always wanted to visit.  You have worked in some of the most exciting and vibrant cities the U.S. has to offer and explored scenic parks and natural wonders from coast to coast.  How could it possibly get better?  Well, just imagine having your best friend along for the ride!
By Supplemental Health Care Apr 29, 2016
Are You Making the Most of Your Career Options?
For healthcare professionals, there is typically no shortage of career opportunities.  Whether you are just starting out or have years of experience, the healthcare industry is brimming with new challenges, career options, and often difficult decisions to make. 
By Ashley Bowlin Apr 6, 2016
April is National Occupational Therapy Month
Each year, the month of April is spent highlighting the efforts of our nation’s more than 115,000 Occupational Therapists (OTs), and 42,000 OT Assistants and Aides (COTAs). In 1980 National Occupational Therapy Month was started by the American Occupational Therapy Association, to coincide with their Annual Conference for OTs and OT-related vendors.
By Supplemental Health Care Apr 4, 2016
2016 Trends in Healthcare
Four months into the new year it is increasingly apparent that 2016 will be a big year for change in the healthcare industry.  From the unknowns presented by the upcoming presidential election to ongoing debates about the costs of the Affordable Care Act to changes on the business side of patient care, we are in for an interesting and challenging year.  While it seems that every year in the healthcare industry is one filled with changing landscapes and hot, new topics and trends, let’s take a..
By Supplemental Health Care Mar 24, 2016
Top 5 Benefits for Travel Therapists
When most people talk about travel jobs for healthcare workers, they are referring to Travel Nursing.  In fact, Nursing specialties do make up the majority of healthcare workers who travel, but there are plenty of opportunities for Physical and Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, and other Allied Professionals who want to be a working tourist.
By Supplemental Health Care Mar 16, 2016
Traveler Profile: California Dreaming
Lauri and Terry decided that they wanted to explore the West Coast so when a travel nursing assignment became available, they hopped in the car with their dog and headed towards the Bay area.
By Sue Hoch Dec 1, 2015
Travelers Spotlight – Jacqueline Rowe
Being a self-proclaimed Army brat, Jacqueline Rowe, knows a thing or two about traveling and has been to or through most of the United States. 
By Sue Hoch Feb 1, 2014
Our Rewards Featured Gift of the Month
Have you been keeping track of your Our Rewards point balance?
By Sue Hoch Oct 1, 2013
Introducing Career Tip Corner
This edition, we are rolling out a new feature called, Career Tip Corner. 
By Sue Hoch Oct 1, 2013