On Temporary Co-Workers

On Temporary Co-Workers

As a travel nurse I work with all new people every 13ish weeks which presents some unique challenges. For instance, I am supposed to learn a new set of names at each job, and I am horrible with names and faces. Luckily healthcare is a profession where all of your colleagues wear name tags. I just have to be real discreet each of the 170 times I check the name badge of the nurse I’ve been working with all day.

But it’s not just names, I also need to know each person’s role. Are you the Doctor? Respiratory Therapist? One of the many supervisors who I report to, but who I will only meet once on my whole assignment? Transport? When someone asks me “Is there anything I can help with?” I have to pause and think, is there?

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The Love of a Grocery Store

The great thing about trailer-life food shopping is that it is exactly like stationary food shopping. 

Even when we’re traveling between gigs, we make coffee in our coffee maker and we drink that coffee from our favorite mugs as we prep our normal breakfast in our every-day kitchen. We never have to resort to awful road trip, rest stop food. We buy perishables and keep them in our fridge where they stay cold while we drive. It is far more delicious and economical than trailer-less road trip food.

But--the terrible thing about trailer life and food shopping is that travelers can never fall in love with a grocery store.

Have you been in love with a grocery store? I have...

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Idaho According to Idahoans

Idaho According to Idahoans

Here are statements that Idahoans have presented to me as facts which I have yet to substantiate:

1. In the lower 48, Idaho is the sate that has the most land that is the least inhabited. Much of Idaho is totally inaccessible by road.

2.     Idaho has the 2nd highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. Recently a teacher was fired for using the words 'penis' and 'vagina' in public school, in a sex ed class, which is optional by the way.

3.     Jerome county (our current home) is the most irrigated county in the US.

This seems plausible, there are canals everywhere and children are not allowed to play in them and what’s more is that it seems like children really actually don’t play in them. A true irrigation miracle and mystery!
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Between Job Adventures: Arizona to Idaho

Between Job Adventures: Arizona to Idaho

Some of the very best parts of travel nursing are the times in between gigs. It's a forced vacation every 3 months.  During anchored life vacations you are either a) driving through familiar roads to local destinations or b) paying the big dollars to fly someplace exciting. In contrast, travel nurse vacations start from a relatively new location (Southern Arizona)  and bring you to an even newer location (Southern Idaho, what are you about?!?).  

There was SO much to see and do in Arizona and Utah, we had to pick and choose. Here's a quick photo-romp through our adventures.

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Best of Tucson

Best of Tucson

Truth time: we left Tucson. We left it two weeks ago and we're just finally beginning the grieving process. We LOVED this city and, in celebration of our time there, we've compiled a few of our favorite Tucson activities. Ordered by level of exertion, we hope you get a chance to experience them all!

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Steps you need to take in order to be a travel nurse

Steps you need to take in order to be a travel nurse

1. Meet a peppery nurse from New Zealand who will convince you that nursing is secretly the best profession out there. She will call boots "wellies." She will casually talk about working in Antarctica. She will think back fondly on her time as a travel nurse.

2. Move to Chicago, get into an accelerated BS to BSN program. Somehow manage to go through school and feed yourself and pay rent. Pass the NCLEX. Get a job in the ER working the overnight shift. Stay awake on Lake Shore Drive while returning home at 7:30 AM after a 12 hour shift of ill and angry people and avoid dying in a fiery crash before you can realize your dream of travel nursing.

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We quit our jobs and moved into a trailer

We quit our jobs and moved into a trailer

At the end of December, Paul and I quit our stable jobs in Chicago to hit the open road. We'd been dreaming of travel nursing for years, and finally decided the time was right to take the adventurous leap. Neither of us had ever spent even a single night in an RV/Camper/Travel Trailer before.

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