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Working Tourist: Making Her Travel Dreams Come True
Jackie Lesniak has been an occupational therapist for three years now and works in acute rehab. She loves traveling for both work and leisure with recent trips including Costa Rica and Greece and assignments in Hawaii and California. “My passion for traveling and OT led me to this career lifestyle. Being able to combine both makes for a great work life balance,” she says.
By Katie Dashiell Apr 15, 2020
How to Get Started Travel Nursing in California
Home to the world’s 5th largest economy, the unique Yosemite National Park and roughly 40 million people, California has a lot to offer. It’s time to become a working tourist and what better place to travel than the Golden State. As with any new assignment, it’s important to do your research and make the best decision based on your personal requirements. Typically, California has a high demand for travel nurses but it also has a longer licensing process than most states. Before you pack your..
By Supplemental Health Care Sep 13, 2019
Working Tourist: Lucking Out with Travel Nursing
Ellen loves her career as a travel labor and delivery nurse. “It has just been a huge blessing to my life,” she says. “I love working with my recruiter, she is an amazing person!” It’s not only filled her passion for nursing and travel but has also allowed her to become nearly debt free. There’s obviously a lot of hard work that goes into her planning, traveling, and working as a labor and delivery RN, but Ellen counts herself lucky for how it’s all unfolded so far.
By Katie Dashiell Aug 20, 2019
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
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