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Travel Nursing for Work and for Play

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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!

Working Tourist: A Labor of Love

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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 and delivery nurse, and it’s everything she could have hoped for and more.

Working Tourist: Making a Wise Career Decision

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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. 

Working Tourist: Three Years of Adventures

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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 phone call she has been a travel nurse.

The Traveler: A Halloween Story

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“It’s unusually quiet so far tonight,” Janice claimed as she glanced up and down the empty hall in the Surgical Recovery Unit.  “I spoke to Emma down in the ER, and she said it’s dead down there too!”

Working Tourist: A Lifetime of Service

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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 member of the famous Kennedy family, Jay decided that he still wanted to do something meaningful once he retired from his career in law enforcement.

Working Tourist: Swimming With Sharks

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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 her job in the hospital.  Eventually, she decided she was going to travel one way or another and what better way than to get paid for doing it.

Working Tourist: Starting Out Close to Home

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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.  Loren’s specialty is Emergency Nursing and she originally became interested in travel nursing so she could gain experience by learning how different facilities operate.

Working Tourist: Man on a Mission

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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 work at new places. 

Starting the Travel Nursing Journey Together

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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.

Working Tourists: A Decade of Friendship, Marriage and Travel Nursing

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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 playful relationship, full of laughter and mutual respect.  It’s a partnership in every way, from planning their next assignment to planning the next restaurant to try.

Working Tourist: Bringing a Piece of Home With You

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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 works in the ICU, while Erika specializes in PCU and the Emergency Room.

Working Tourist: Finding Love on Assignment in Tampa

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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 his career and become a travel nurse.  For his first assignment, Nick chose to take an assignment in Tampa Florida because he had family and a few high school friends living there.  At the time Nick began his day shift assignment in Tampa, Danielle Oster was working the night shift.  Like two ships passing in the night, Danielle was giving Nick turnover information during their shift overlap.  Before long, Nick had asked Danielle out to dinner and so began a blossoming romance.

Working Tourist: Traveling with your Best Friend

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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 offer.  Jessie and David met while attending college in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and haven’t looked back since.  She specializes in medical oncology, while David concentrates on Med/Surg.

Finding Love Through Travel Nursing

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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 he was looking for love; for himself, his career, and his future. 

Working Tourist: On the Road in North Carolina

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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 while maintaining a full-time schedule.  Her search led her to become a Home Health Care Nurse.  For the past 11 years, she has cared for a wide variety of patients aged 18 to 90, each with a unique medical need. 

Travel Nursing: The Cure for Whatever Ails You

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“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!”

Working Tourist: Enjoying the Journey

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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 Lauderdale, Florida.  After finishing school, she spent two years working in Dallas Texas, but she wasn’t sure when or where she wanted to settle down.  This yearning to explore other cities and alternative settings led her to join the ranks of Travel Therapists.

Working Tourist: Making Up for Lost Time

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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 travel nursing.