Working Tourist: Making a Wise Career Decision
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. That decision led him to begin a new chapter in his career by turning to travel nursing.
“I love what I do,” he explains. “But, I wanted to enjoy new places, to meet new people and experience new cultures!”
While he started travel nursing for the experience of visiting and exploring different areas of the country, he quickly learned that the change has also been a benefit to his skills as a healthcare professional. Working in different settings has broadened his perspective about different techniques, equipment, and methods.
When Wil is not working his shift while out on assignment, he spends his time exploring the city and learning as much as he can about the local culture and history of the area. As a “working tourist,” Wil has enjoyed discovering new restaurants and shops, and he is grateful for the long-term friendships he has developed with those he has met along the way.
Wil has been enjoying the new found freedom of travel nursing. When asked about what advice he would share with someone who is new to travel nursing or is considering it as a career option, Wil drew from his own experiences. He advises potential travelers to really get to know their recruiter. It is important to establish that relationship right off the bat so that the recruiter knows what your goals are and also what you want to get out of the experience. He also explains that it is important to do a lot of research on your own.
“Take the time to research the areas that you are planning to visit,” he advises. “There are many factors to consider, such as the climate, local activities, transportation situation, and housing options.”
In this season of giving thanks, Wil is thankful that he made the career decision to try travel nursing and feels fortunate that he has an opportunity to visit and work in different parts of the country that he may not have otherwise had the chance to experience.
Thanks for sharing your story Wil and good luck in your future travels!