Travel Nursing for Work and for Play
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!
Traveling had already been a big part of Jonathan’s career, as he travels on two-week medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic every year. In the wake of the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico, he and a group of 20 volunteers traveled there for 10 days this past January. So, it only made sense to take this leap and become a travel nurse and make a difference in communities all over the country with many diverse health care needs. Jonathan explains, “I have met so many wonderful people from all walks of life, whether it be other travel nurses, staff nurses, physicians or patients.”
In addition to meeting so many great people and colleagues, Jonathan has encountered wildlife, too! Days off on his first 13-week travel assignment to Maui included snorkeling with sea turtles and jumping off breathtaking waterfalls. “Maui makes you want to never leave. It was challenging not extending there, but I knew I wanted to see more of the country,” Jonathan recalls. He is currently enjoying every moment of skiing on 12,000-ft. mountains in Denver, CO for his latest assignment, and is planning on heading out to sunny California next. With a schedule that includes working for three days, then vacationing for four, who could ask for more?
Besides traveling to spectacular locations, Jonathan truly appreciates how being a travel nurse has enhanced his career and his skillset. He states, “For starters, the orientation is a quick, short orientation in comparison when you are one of the hired staff. In that short time frame, you are required to learn the floor, your co-workers, the computer systems, etc.” Jonathan enjoys this fast-paced environment: “It can be challenging at times, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Some floor nurses are amazed at the speed where one is able to pick things up. Kind of makes you feel like a super nurse.”
Once Jonathan has completed his travel list for the United States, he has his sights set on traveling abroad to locations such as Dubai. No matter where he travels to, whether it be for work, a mission trip or for fun, Jonathan always makes the most out of his time spent in every destination. “The experiences you have as a travel nurse are just majestic.” In what can only be described in Jonathan’s words as, “The best job ever!” he encourages everyone to take the same leap he did and discover enriching and unforgettable experiences.