Working Tourist: A Lifetime of Service
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.
Jay went back to school and earned his nursing degree. He explains that nursing runs in his family as his Grandmother was a private-duty nurse for a famous inventor, and his daughter also chose nursing as her profession. Jay spent 12 years as a nurse before deciding to take the plunge and try out travel nursing. When asked about what made him choose to travel, he gave credit to his recruiter, Eric Simm.
“Eric is great, and actually he talked me into checking out travel nursing,” Jay explains. “He explained how it all works, the pros and cons, and told me about the financial benefits of traveling. It sounded like a great opportunity.”
Traveling for six months now, Jay is already on his second contract at a 110-bed Psychiatric facility in Pennsylvania and is thinking of extending through April of next year. He has worked Med/Surg, Corrections, and now Psych and feels that his trooper background really benefits him when things escalate on the floor.
“I pride myself on being able to handle any situation that arises during a shift,” he said recently. “I believe in managing these situations without needing restraints, and that is important to both the patient and to me. If I can de-escalate the situation and motivate the patient to do what is being asked, then it is a win-win for everybody. That is what I try and teach some of the newer nurses on the floor.”
Because of his obvious skills and temperament, Jay has quickly become the go-to person in the unit and is someone that the management team has come to rely on.
“As a traveler, I try and make myself available for every shift,” he explains. “The way I look at it, there is a great financial benefit to working as much as possible, there is time to relax in between assignments.” When he isn’t working, Jay is a typical outdoorsman. He loves to enjoy being out in nature and can often be found hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing.
Jay is an adamant promoter of the opportunities available to nurses who are willing to take on travel assignments. He explains that credibility is paramount as both a trooper and as a nurse and when he talks about the virtues of travel nursing, it is something you can bank on. His word is his promise.
“I am a huge promoter of travel nursing,” he continues. “Nurses are strong people and can often do more than they think. Let’s face it, just becoming a nurse is a huge accomplishment. Travel nursing gives you an opportunity to experience new things, meet new people, make a good living, and set yourself up for your career. Once nurses finally try traveling, the only thing they ever ask themselves is why didn’t I do this sooner?”
In his current assignment, Jay has passed along some wisdom to the rest of the facility, and it has caught on as a daily mantra. One of his favorite sayings is “He who passes along the name of a good man or woman to others, is a good man or woman himself.” Now, it is a common theme for the staff in the facility to commend each other for a job well done by saying, “You’re a good man, or you’re a good woman.” The only things missing are the t-shirts! Congratulations Jay on a stellar career in serving others and for many more as travel nurse who is making a difference every day!