Working Tourist: Three Years of Adventures
Three years ago, Jessica Beattie was in between jobs and trying to decide if she wanted to move across the country. Then, as with so many things in life fate arrived in the form of a phone call from Supplemental Health Care. Ever since that timely phone call she has been a travel nurse.
Jessica’s primary focus is adult intensive care and appreciates experiencing the differences between hospitals across the country. “Being a travel nurse helps me gain more knowledge and makes me more versatile,” she explains. “Being in different hospitals exposes me to new equipment and charting systems.”
Her skills and versatility were on full display on a neuro-intensive care assignment in El Paso, Texas where after only two weeks on the job she became a charge nurse and preceptor! She describes that experience as being exciting, a little scary, rewarding, and gratifying all at the same time.
While on assignment, Jessica likes to fill up all of her free time experiencing as much as she can about the area she is in. She explains that if something is on TripAdvisor for a city where she is assigned, then she will do it. During an assignment in Seattle, WA, Jessica found that there were 15 other travel nurses at the hospital where she was working. They all bonded as a group and ended up becoming great friends. Jessica recalls this assignment fondly because of the wonderful time they all had experiencing all that Seattle had to offer. She enjoyed the Pacific Northwest so much that once she is ready to settle down, Seattle is where she wants to be.
Having three years of travel experience, Jessica has some very sound advice for those who are new to travel nursing. “It is important for new travel nurses to understand that the nurses there are grateful to have the help and that it is okay to ask questions,” she advises. “Outside of work, don’t be afraid to explore your surroundings. Make the most of your time in every city you are in, and you will create memories to last a lifetime and make many friends along the way!”
One location that is on her bucket list of travel assignments is Alaska. She is waiting for the right opportunity and will only head that far north during the summer months! Apparently, we won’t be seeing Jessica racing sled dogs anytime soon.