Tell us about You. Where are you from? Family? Friends? Anything you'd like to share
I am from a little town in southern Indiana called Bloomfield. I worked at IU Health Bloomington for a little over 2 years when I started to feel the desire to spread my wings and start traveling. It was a hard decision because I had lived in Bloomfield since I was a little girl, but I knew that the best time to travel would be while I’m still pretty young and don’t have a family to support.
What prompted you to go into Healthcare?
I loved watching Greys Anatomy and other health care tv shows so I think thats what originally got me interested. I actually used to hate hospitals, ironically enough! I knew that a career in the healthcare field would be a reliable decision when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do during college, and so far it hasn’t let me down in the slightest!
Why did you decide to start Traveling and what was your first assignment like?
I was getting bored at the hospital where I had originally trained and it didn’t pay very much. I knew there were tons of opportunities out there if I just took a leap of faith and applied myself. I’m so glad that I did! My first assignment was incredible! I couldn’t have asked for nicer, more competent people to work with. I will truly miss the heart team at Munson Medical Center.
What is your favorite thing about Traveling?
My favorite things about traveling are learning new things about surgery, meeting new people and exploring the areas surrounding the city. I also love that I am now very financially stable. That was a huge burden that has since been lifted off my shoulders!
What is the hardest part about traveling and how do you overcome it?
The learning curves of traveling are not very fun but it didn’t take me long to get the hang of things. I also had to learn how to get along with certain people that didn’t want me to be there simply because I was a traveler. I had to have some face to face conversations a couple times but they eventually eased up on me. A lot of permanent staff don’t like travelers just because they make more $
How long have you been traveling? # of assignments? Locations? Traveling goals?
I started traveling in Feb 2019. My first and only assignment so far is Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI. They extended me 3 times and they said they would extend me again but they now have a permanent staff member to replace me. They hate to see me leave but Munson is trying to move away from travelers as quickly as possible. I would return if they asked me to.
Anything in particular that stands out to you when traveling with Alliance Medical Staffing?
My recruiter (David Kroft) is awesome! He texts me back promptly, if I don’t understand something he will call and explain it. He genuinely acts like he wants to know how I’m doing and he has never steered me in the wrong direction. Everyone I have had contact with has been very cordial and professional.