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Tiffany’s Story: Loving the Gypsy Lifestyle

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tiffanySpecialty     
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Total years as a nurse     
5.5

Total years as a traveler     
2 years (but split times)

Do you travel with a significant other? Children? Other family? Pets?     
I travel with my boyfriend Eric and my shih tzu Jasmine. She is 13 now.

What made you decide to pursue a career as a traveling nurse?     
I have traveled two separate times. The first time I had been thinking about traveling for about a year. I grew up in Indiana and knew I didn't want to live there my whole life as I'm a beach girl. I actually ended up losing my job, and I decided to start traveling since God had opened that door.

How did your family react to the news of your plans to travel? How did you handle this?     
They knew I had been contemplating this, so it wasn't a surprise. But we are all very close, and I had never lived away from home so we knew there would be days when we all struggled. I handled it by being excited about the new adventure. My mom drove down to Naples FL with me and stayed a week or two, and before she went back my sister and her husband came down. They helped me get settled.

What was your biggest fear when you first started traveling or considered traveling? Looking back, were those fears justified?     
My biggest fear was missing my family. It was justified. I still miss them, but like I said I can't take Indiana-especially the winters.

What were you most excited about?     
I was most excited about the beach!! My first assignment was in January, so leaving the cold for the beach was paradise!

Which company do you currently travel with? Why did you decide to go with them?     
Currently I am with Parralon. I went with them because they had the assignment I wanted. I also use Travel Nurse Across America and Trinity. I chose those two because they are smaller companies and I had seen them rated very high on www.travelnursingcentral.com

What do you love most about travel nursing?     
One thing?? So hard to choose. I guess I would say seeing the country and going places I have never been. Really getting a feel for the area since you're there longer than just visiting. But I also love not being part of the hospital politics and gossiping, two things about nursing I can't stand.

What do you find to be the hardest part about traveling?     
The hardest part is still being away from my family.

If traveling with a significant other, what does he/she do to fill time while you work?     
Eric is now working a side job. But when he wasn't working he would ride his motorcycle, watch tv, research bike stuff on the computer. He would also cook, clean, and drive me to work.

What’s your main goal for traveling? Adventure? Gaining knowledge? Looking for a place to settle?     
I have a few goals. I want to see and visit places I have never been. Eventually I want to find a place where we would like to settle down. I'm also trying to get out of debt.

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you first started traveling that you know now?     
You will have days when you are lonely and depressed. It's normal. You just have to keep pushing forward, even through the tough times. I believe God provides a way for our path, and everything happens for a reason.

What’s one piece of advice you would pass along to a new traveler or someone considering traveling?     
My advice would be to do your research. Find a company and recruiter who's right for you-there will be good and bad stories about every company. Take their housing for your first assignment so it's one less thing you have to worry about. Go into work happy and with a smile every day, even the tough ones! Be that example for those negative people around you. Most of all have fun!!! Traveling will change you, push you out of your comfort zone, and help you grow as a nurse. I love this gypsy lifestyle!!

If you would like to connect with Tiffany, you can find her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tiffanymorrison4

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