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 took on their first travel assignment in San Diego and have no plans of looking back anytime soon.
“This experience has changed my life,” Lara explains exuberantly. “I never thought I would be able to travel and make money at the same time. The benefits and the lifestyle opportunities are endless, and we can travel the country as a couple!”
Together, Lara and Sean have been learning the ropes as travel nurses and have adjusted nicely to life in Southern California. Their favorite mode of transportation are their bicycles and they ride them everywhere. They also do a lot of walking while exploring the area around where they are living because of the beautiful weather and proximity to local bars and restaurants.
There is one problem that Lara and Sean are adjusting to…they are having trouble managing the list of “fun things” they want to do while in San Diego. They’ve already joined a local gym with an indoor rock climbing wall and are looking for the best places to go hiking and zip lining. And that is in addition to spending as much time as possible on the beach.
You can count this fun-loving couple among the working tourists that want to experience an assignment in Hawaii someday, but for now, they plan to stay in the west and work their way up the coast. They are hoping for an assignment in San Francisco and then eventually traveling up towards Portland and Seattle.
“Traveling has made our relationship stronger than ever,” Lara says. “We’ve always enjoyed each other’s company, so the transition to travel nursing has been very smooth, even though we are away from friends and family.”
Sean’s advice to anyone who is considering becoming a travel nurse is simple, “Just put in your two weeks’ notice at your current job and start traveling.” (Our thoughts exactly, Sean. Our thoughts exactly!)
Congratulations to Lara and Sean who are taking advantage of the opportunities that are available to them as they navigate their new career path as travel nurses. The decision they made has both enriched their lives as a couple and as healthcare professionals.
If you are considering a career change and you have any questions about what Supplemental Health Care can offer you as a travel nurse or therapist, contact our team of travel specialists today. Or if you want to see what kind of assignments are available across the country, check out our powerful job search tool and then tell us you are interested.