Working Tourist: Swimming With Sharks
Gretchen Harrison has been a travel nurse for close to a year and now wonders why she didn’t get started sooner. As a Med/Surg & Telemetry RN, Gretchen was growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges she faced when trying to request time off from her job in the hospital. Eventually, she decided she was going to travel one way or another and what better way than to get paid for doing it.
“When I got to my first assignment, I was terrified,” she explains. It’s scary starting a new job, but I soon realized that the opportunity has taught me to become flexible, adaptive, and has increased my confidence.”
It probably didn’t hurt that Gretchen’s first assignment was in Hawaii. Things were going so well for her in Oahu that she ended up staying there for ten months. While there she learned how to surf and came to appreciate the beauty of snorkeling among the beautiful reefs around the islands. She also spent a lot of time hiking and says she will never forget the beautiful scenery that she experienced while climbing Oahu ridges.
Her big adventure in Hawaii was swimming with the sharks. No, not the ones you might find on Wall Street, we’re talking about the really scary ones that swim in the ocean. On a tour led by marine biologists, Gretchen encountered 33 Galapagos sharks and keep in mind, she was not inside of a cage. Armed with just her flippers, Gretchen discovered that the sharks are fairly docile creatures who are more curious than aggressive. While terrified the entire time, Gretchen describes the experience as more calming than she imagined as she swam among them as they went about their “sharky business.”
Being the outdoor lover that she is, Gretchen is hoping to secure a travel assignment in Colorado so she can spend a summer mountain biking or snowboarding in the fresh “pow.” Now that she has been bitten by the travel nursing bug, Gretchen has some advice for fellow nurses who are hesitant to check it out.
“Stop making excuses and just do it,” she admonishes. “Grab the opportunity to see new places, meet new people, and take on new perspectives. Let’s face it, you can do anything for three months, and the staff at Supplemental can help you every step of the way!”
Still sounding like a recruiter for Supplemental Health Care, Gretchen continues, “There are staff that can help you apply for your licensing, help you find housing, help you understand the taxes and everything in between. Travel nursing opens doors to living the life you have always dreamed of, and Supplemental Health Care helps those dreams come true.”
We at Supplemental Health Care are certainly flattered by Gretchen’s kind sentiments, and we appreciate being able to provide her with travel opportunities that fulfill both her personal and professional dreams. If you want to begin a new career adventure like Gretchen’s, contact one of our travel nursing professionals and get started today!