Kayla is a young nurse who chose to become a traveler so she could explore and experience as much as she could before she settles. Kayla travels alone but enjoys her home visits to spend time with her family and boyfriend. Her mother has found a great way to share in her daughter's traveling experience and helps her get settled at each assignment.
MICU, SICU, and CCU
Total years as a nurse?
Total years as a traveler?
Do you travel with a significant other? Children? Other family? Pets?
I am traveling solo but in a committed relationship.
What made you decide to pursue a career as a traveling nurse?
Before I decided to pursue nursing I always had this overwhelming desire to travel. As soon as I could I jumped on the opportunity to combine my career with my passion.
How did your family react to the news of your plans to travel? How did you handle this?
For the most part my family was very supportive of my decision to travel but worried at the same time because I had never been out on my own or lived so far away. My mom actually comes with me to my assignments for the first week or two to help me get settled in and a mini vacation.
What was your biggest fear when you first started traveling or considered traveling? Looking back, were those fears justified?
I had a fear of being alone, not making any friends, and not having to skill set to be able to “hit the floor running” after very minimal orientation. Looking back each assignment has had its difficulties. I have had some times of loneliness but I have always found someone to connect with during each assignment. Some assignments were easier than others and more traveler friendly. I am glad that my fears did not stop me from pursuing travel nursing.
What were you most excited about?
I was most excited about exploring places I have never been in a way that cannot be done unless you live in the area.
Which company do you currently travel with? Why did you decide to go with them?
RN Network. I originally decided to go with them because they were able to get me the contract I wanted in NYC. But they also met my mandatory day 1 benefits and great OT rates. I also want to mention that I worked for Trinity Healthcare Staffing and they were an amazing company to work for also.
What do you love most about travel nursing?
I love the freedom, the lack of politics, and independence that comes with being a traveler.
What do you find to be the hardest part about traveling?
Traveling has meant being away from family, my boyfriend, and friends for extended periods of time. It is the hardest thing I have had to do but when I come home or when they come to see me it is even better.
What’s your main goal for traveling? Adventure? Gaining knowledge? Looking for a place to settle?
My goal for travel nursing is to explore and see all the places I can before I settle into “life routine” as I call it. I am not getting any younger and in a few years I will settle down, start a family, and a lot of the things I can do now will not be possible. So I am trying to squeeze all I can out of my “selfish years”.
What’s one thing you wish you had known when you first started traveling that you know now?
I wish I would have know to be more patient with assignments. I have taken assignments because I was getting closer to the point of being jobless only for the location I wanted an assignment to call only a few days later. I wish someone told me that I didn’t need to settle.
What’s one piece of advice you would pass along to a new traveler or someone considering traveling?
It may be difficult at first and it may be lonely but it will become amazing.
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