World, meet Kenny. Kenny has been a traveling CVICU nurse for quite some time and has spent several of those years as a #trustafftraveler!
Kenny is an amazing nurse and we think he should consider a side gig as a professional photographer. He’s won our photo contest with his amazing shots! His Instagram is full of amazing photos from his travel nursing assignments and his backpacking trips around the world.
He is currently backpacking through Europe, but Kenny took a moment to answer a few questions for us about his journey into the wonderful world of travel nursing.
Q: Tell us about you. Where are you from? Family? Friends?
A: I’m really bad on describing myself, so I’ll make it simple. My name is Kenny. I was born in the Philippines and I moved to the US when I was 18. I’ve made friends all over the world and in the states through traveling.
Q: Why did you do decide to become a nurse in the first place?
A: As every Filipino mom says, “You have to be a nurse.” So my mom enrolled me in nursing school.
Q: What made you want to start traveling as a nurse?
A: I wanted to see what’s out there.
Q: What was your first assignment like?
A: My first assignment was in Austin, Texas. The first week was the hardest. Learning new charting was really hard. The new environment was also a challenge. You just have to adjust and adapt as quick as possible.
Q: What is your favorite thing about travel nursing?
A: What I love the most about travel nursing is meeting new friends, and it’s mostly travelers like me. I’ve met some photographers who make a living from their sponsors, which piqued my interest, but deep inside my heart I still love being a nurse. Whenever I backpack for 2-3 months, I get burned out and want to go back to work.
Q: What would you say is the hardest part of traveling? And how do you overcome that?
A: The hardest part is making friends. Once you get used to the area and people you work with, it’s time for you to move on. You will mostly be by yourself and I’m used to it. I just stay outdoors and meet cool people outside of work. I do hike, backpack, climb, snowboard, surf, and dive so it’s not really hard for me to make friends through my hobbies.
Q: How many assignments have you taken and where?
A: I had about 8 assignments including Austin, Rapid City, San Francisco, and San Diego.
Q: What advice would you give someone that is thinking about becoming a traveling nurse?
A: Check it out yourself what is out there. Make sure you have 2 years of experience before you switch to another hospital. Just be yourself and respect everyone and you should be fine.
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