Real Travel Nurse Stories

What better way to get a sense of travel nursing than through the experiences of RNs who have embarked on the adventure of travel nursing themselves? The following travel nurse testimonials provide first-hand insights into how this option can catapult your career to exciting new heights, and change your life in the process.

  • Nurse Recruiting Spotlight: Kelley King

    Taking a job in nurse recruiting was a bit of a switch for Kelley King, who previously worked with Nordstrom’s, a high-end retailer. But both jobs require understanding your customer and providing excellent service, according to King, who now relishes her job with NursesRx, one of the nation’s top travel nurse agencies.Read more

    By Megan Murdock Krischke, contributor

    Taking a job in nurse recruiting was a bit of a switch for Kelley King, who previously worked with Nordstrom’s, a high-end retailer. But both jobs require understanding your customer and providing excellent service, according to King, who now relishes her job with NursesRx, one of the nation’s top travel nurse agencies.

    After hearing how much an ex-Nordstrom’s co-worker enjoyed her job at

    NursesRx and how it utilized the customer service training that they had both received, she decided to try nurse recruiting, too. “I love that every day I get to use the skills I’d already honed to serve my nurses.” Kelley King- Travel Nurse Recruiter

    One of the things that King enjoys most about nurse recruiting is the chance to build long-term relationships with her clients. Every nurse has a different personality and a different story; some have worked with multiple travel nurse agencies before and others are completely new to the realm of travel nursing. 

    In each case, she takes the time to get know the nurse’s goals and figure out what job assignments will best meet his or her needs. While there are a lot of moving parts to the job, King sees her nurse recruiting role as part matchmaker and part career counselor.

    “I talk to a lot of nurses who have been doing the same job in the same facility for a lot of years. They hear about travel nursing and want to check it out, but are tentative about heading out on an adventure,” said King, who provides support and encourages potential travelers to take the first step out of their comfort zone and experience a new adventure.

    Before starting any assignment, King has to ensure that each nurse candidate has the clinical skills and strong references required for a travel nurse position. Her goal is to find the right nurse for each position and the right position for each nurse—that is the “win–win.”

    “While my main role is to find my nurses a position, I am also a listening ear as they experience new joys and challenges,” she explained. She also has to make sure that her nurses follow through on employment details, such as getting in necessary paperwork and showing up to their assignment on time, wearing the right thing.

    Among all the travel nurse agencies out there, King feels fortunate to have found her current employer. She reports that NursesRx operates like smaller travel nurse agencies with a friendly, personal approach, yet with the resources and power of the nation’s largest health care staffing company behind it. NursesRx is a company of AMN Healthcare, and is certified by The Joint Commission.

    Her advice to potential travel nurses? “Life is short, so get out there and travel!”

    “As a traveler you get to live rent-free in great places with killer amenities,” she added. “Plus, there is the opportunity to work in top-rated facilities and to learn with state-of-the-art equipment. NursesRx has exclusive contracts with some of the most prestigious facilities in the nation.”

    King loves working with nurses, who she describes as “very knowledgeable and very compassionate people.”

    “It is an honor for me to work with and serve nurses because they help so many people,” she concluded.

    Send Kelley an e-mail or give her a call at (858) 509-3511 to discover the current travel nurse assignments she has available. You can also connect with Kelley online on NursingJobs.com Facebook page. Log on today to see exclusive job opportunities.

  • Stacy Johnson, Recruiter

    Finding a job that fits your skills, goals and desires is a satisfying accomplishment ― whether you are a nurse or a nurse recruiter.  Just ask Stacy Johnson, senior recruiter with NursesRx, an AMN Healthcare company.Read more

    By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor

    Stacy Johnson, Nursing Recruiter

    Finding a job that fits your skills, goals and desires is a satisfying accomplishment ― whether you are a nurse or a nurse recruiter.  Just ask Stacy Johnson, senior recruiter with NursesRx, an AMN Healthcare company.

    It was just two short years ago that Stacy started her career with the AMN family of companies as a recruitment specialist. She quickly excelled in her role assisting travel nurses with the application process, and was promoted up the ranks to her current recruiting position.

    Stacy is a self-described “people person” who loves working with her travelers and helping them find the travel nursing opportunities that best match their skill sets and specific needs. She says her most successful travelers are flexible and open minded.

    “I think the most important qualities for a travel nurse are passion and being open to different things and new adventures and opportunities,” Stacy said. “There are so many great opportunities that we have. We work in all 50 states, so being open to new locations and different types of facilities is so beneficial. You never know what kind of opportunities are going to come about.”

    “I have had nurses tell me that they would never go to a specific location, but then they end up going and they love it; some stay there forever, or they extend their contract or meet a significant other. There are so many things that can happen! Regardless, I always strive to get my travelers their top choice hospital or location. I love when that happens.”

    Stacy’s travelers work everywhere from the nation’s top teaching facilities and Magnet hospitals to small community medical centers. Every facility operates differently, and travel nursing allows RNs to learn new skills or become more proficient in areas like computerized charting.

    “Some nurses travel to stay out of hospital politics while others travel to build their résumé and expand their skills. I have travel nurses who are looking to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner or get their master’s degree,” she explained.  “Others want to travel to see new areas or meet new people. The nice thing about travel nursing is that it is always going to add to your résumé.”

    Stacy pointed out that traveling with NursesRx gives you the freedom to take your nursing career and personal life in any direction you choose.  But all travel nurse agencies are not alike.

    “Look for a recruiter who is open and honest,” she advised. “You want to make sure your company is reputable. There are so many agencies out there and you want to make sure you choose a company that is looking out for your best interests and sets you up for success. NursesRx is certified by The Joint Commission, we have access to the most nursing jobs in the industry and we consider ourselves like family here; it’s really nice.”

    When Stacy is not placing travel nurses at locations all over the United States, she enjoys traveling to see the country, too. She’s also involved with a variety of charities.  

    “I love helping people’s dreams come true and getting them their ideal job,” Stacy concluded. “It makes you feel good as a recruiter when a traveler calls to say that this is the best thing that has ever happened to them.”

    Send Stacy an e-mail or give her a call at (877) 327-7687 to find out about the current travel nursing opportunities she has available.

    You can also connect with Stacy online on the NursingJobs.com Facebook page. Log on today to see exclusive job opportunities and ask all your nursing career questions.

  • Developing Special Skills with Travel Nursing

    Find out how NursingJobs.com nurses have enhanced their resumes while building quality experience and developing special skills. Read more

    Check out these first-hand testimonials and hear how nurses in varying disciplines have enhanced their resumes with special skills thanks to travel nursing. Among the many experience-building advantages of traveling are access to the latest technology and a chance to work in a variety of leading facilities.

     

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