If you were to describe a textbook candidate to make their career as a travel nurse, you would probably describe Ryan Tews to a tee. Having grown up moving around a lot, changing locales is nothing new for him. Ryan has been a travel nurse for the past four years and has documented his adventures every step of the way. Specializing in Telemetry and PCU/Stepdown, Ryan uses his assignments as opportunities to delve into the local scene, in essence becoming a local for the 3 to 4 months he is on assignment.
“I like to get a real feel for the area,” he says. “I want to do what the locals do, eat where the locals eat and make lots of new friends. It has been an amazing experience, and I have made some friends that I will have for life.”
Ryan began travel nursing with the idea that he would travel around the country until he found a place he wanted to settle down. In his first two years of traveling, he visited 22 different states and discovered that he really enjoyed traveling. From enjoying incredible Blues and Jazz music in places like Memphis, San Francisco, and New Orleans, to catching the award-winning show Wicked on Broadway, Ryan has tried to soak up as much as possible while out on the road. He also enjoys documenting his adventures through photos and videos that he sets to music and posts on Facebook. He claims he does it for his family so they can live vicariously through his posts and videos.
“I don’t always just hit the tourist places in a new location,” Ryan explains. “My favorite adventures are usually when I fly by the seat of my pants. No plans, just find a place to turn off the highway and see where it leads.”
His advice for those who are new to traveling or considering making the change to travel nursing is just to go with the flow. He warns against getting too caught up in the little things that inevitably crop up while out on assignment. He also advises travelers not only to be comfortable doing things alone but also to get out with the locals or fellow travelers and explore. For the future, Ryan has his sights set on finding an assignment in or near a mountain town in Colorado. He also lists Alaska as a place he would like to visit. It is safe to assume that his next great adventure will end up on Facebook someday. Isn’t it time for you to start yours?