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Working Tourist: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
Growing up on a dairy farm in a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Nikki dreamed of one day living a life of adventure and meaning. From afar, she admired people who put themselves out there and took risks to achieve their dreams.
By Supplemental Health Care Aug 18, 2021
Working Tourist: Why I Love SHC
On a recent travel assignment in Bakersfield, Sharon Baker reflected on her 40-year career as a nurse. “I had wanted to be a nurse since the 7th grade,” she recounts. “For me, I just love patient care! I have focused on that my entire career in a variety of settings. Patient care is so rewarding, and it is the ‘heart of nursing’!”
By Supplemental Health Care May 18, 2021
Travel SLP Spotlight: Creating Community
Donalyn has been a speech-language pathologist since graduating in 2015. She has experience in a variety of settings including schools, skilled nursing facilities, and home health care. She started working as a travel SLP two years into her career, taking assignments in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and even the Virgin Islands.
By Katie Dashiell Feb 25, 2021
Working Tourist: Dreaming of California
Jessie Johnson has been enjoying the travel nursing lifestyle for the past three years and is currently on assignment in the Bay Area. It has been a great opportunity for her to help pay off student loans and travel the country as a working tourist. After traveling to new locations across the country, she’s happy to consider San Francisco her new home away from home.
By Katie Dashiell Aug 28, 2020
Working Tourist: Travel Nursing Changed My Life
Dale Hobbs is a travel nurse specializing in behavioral health and psych. Beginning as an LPN in 2013, he became an RN in 2015 and a traveler in 2017. It was in 2017 that he also discovered psychiatric nursing. Although he had his doubts about the specialty at first, he had friends that loved it, even in school. “It was not the career I had in mind,” Dale says.
By Katie Dashiell Aug 5, 2020
Working Tourist: Making 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
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
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 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
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