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The Working Tourist

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.

Staying Safe While on a Travel Assignment

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You’ve just landed a great new travel assignment in a city or state you have always dreamed of visiting.  It is in a location where you don’t have any family or friends to rely on, so what can you do to keep yourself safe while making the most of this opportunity? 

Travel Nursing Q&A

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Recently, we asked a Supplemental Health Care travel recruiter questions in regards to Travel Nursing. Let’s take a look at what topics we talked about.  Below is a summary of the questions and answers provided.

Navigating Your Way to Your Next Travel Assignment

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It is one thing to find your perfect travel assignment, but it is another thing to pack up and drive there.  Fortunately, there is no shortage of ways to find driving directions no matter where you are going in the United States.  For those of us who have been around a while, it used to be that the only way we could navigate on road trips was by using an Atlas or a map.  What is an Atlas you ask? An Atlas is a book of maps and companies like Rand McNally have been producing these travel tools for more than 160 years.

How to Find Housing as a Travel Nurse or Therapist

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Is 2017 the year you finally decide to try your hand at travel nursing?  You’ve heard and read about all of the rewarding and exciting experiences others have had as a “Working Tourist,” but there are a few things you still need to understand.  For example, one of the main considerations, when you become a travel nurse, is “where will I stay?”  Fortunately, when you are working with Supplemental Health Care, there are housing experts available to help you every step of the way.

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. 

Five Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

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As a traveling healthcare professional you have a lot of options available for assignments.  Having control over where and when you are going to be working is a powerful thing and should always be used to your personal advantage.  While it may be too late to hop onto a new travel assignment in time for New Year’s Eve, just bookmark this blog and start planning for next year.  Working through the Holiday season can be chaotic, but it can also be financially and personally beneficial. 

5 Ways to Make the Most of Being "Home Alone" During the Holidays

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Many travel nurses will find themselves on assignment far from home this holiday season, but it doesn’t need to be a source of dread.  In fact, travel assignments through the holiday season can be an exciting and rewarding experience, and if you plan for them, you can still enjoy the season and stay in touch with family.  Here are a few ideas to help you during a holiday travel assignment.

Top Ten Towns for Holiday Celebrations

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It is that wondrous time of year when holiday shoppers are rushing home with armloads of packages.  The air is filled with aromas of hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and the sounds of carolers reveling in the season.  And everywhere you look, your eyes are filled with twinkling lights hung from every tree and every window.  But, while every town across the land has their seasonal charms, some places take the Holidays to a whole new level.  Fortunately, as a travel nurse or therapist, you have the opportunity to make plans to visit one of those festive towns.  Read on for our holiday countdown of the “Top Ten Towns for Holiday Celebrations.”

Planning Your Next Historical Assignment

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It is not only ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ and our nation’s fifth-largest city, but Philadelphia is also the perfect place for your next travel assignment.  Spending 13-weeks in this city, so steeped in history, is a cultural experience that you will not soon forget. 

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. 

5 Reasons Why Travel Nurses Are In Demand This Holiday Season

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Now that our calendar has flipped to November, everyone’s thoughts have turned to the upcoming holiday season, unless you work for Human Resources in a hospital.  HR personnel are focused on staffing up for the coming holiday season and not the holiday’s themselves.  If you are a travel nurse and have some availability this season, now is the time to discover just how many great opportunities are available. 

Going Home on Your Next Travel Assignment

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“How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.”  ~ William Faulkner

This quote from Faulkner illustrates a familiar feeling that many of us have as we have grown up, gone off to college, and settled in a place different from where we grew up.  As a traveling nurse or therapist, you may experience a longing to return to your childhood home from time to time, and the good news is “you can always go home!”

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.