Working Tourist: Man on a Mission
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.
“I like the freedoms that come with being a travel nurse,” he explains. “Like with my scheduled days off, or not having to worry about scheduling around vacations or pre-planned events. It is a very appealing part of the work.”
He also credits traveling with helping him be a more perceptive and well-rounded clinician because he is working in different regions. Patrick works in Cardiovascular Intermediate Care and Critical Care Units. When asked about why he began travel nursing he explains that he wants to save as much money as he can.
“I am hoping to be a missionary in the future,” he says. “I want to save my money for being out of the country for a few months at a time.”
Until then, Patrick will keep busy on his travel assignments where he enjoys soaking up the local atmosphere and finding the best dining establishments. He is currently staying at a historic inn which happens to be located near a terrific Sushi place. Patrick jokes that good food and good wine are two of his favorite hobbies! In the future, he is hoping to land a travel assignment in New Orleans where he can partake in those favorite hobbies!
“I’ve always wanted to live in New Orleans, close to the French Quarter. I love live music and am dying for some delicious homemade Gumbo!”
Because things have been working out so well for Patrick early on in his travel nursing career, Patrick shared some advice for new travelers or others who are considering becoming a traveler.
“First, have a plan,” he explains. “Explain your career goals and the reasons why you are traveling with your recruiter. It helps them, help you.”
Patrick continues by recommending that new travelers reach out to other travelers for advice. He also thinks it is helpful to join a Facebook group for travel nurses and ask questions. Lastly, Patrick is a big believer in doing a lot of research about the areas you are looking at traveling to for an assignment.
From all of us at Supplemental Health Care, we wish Patrick continued success in his travel career and future endeavors wherever they may be.