Pam G. is one of our most experienced traveling nurses. She’s been with trustaff for years! She has been all over the country in her RV.
She serves as a mentor for a number of new travel nurses and helps guide them along their journey. She’s an absolute rockstar and we are so honored to have her as a part of our trustaff traveler family. She was nominated by her recruiter, Niki Riddle.
“Pamala is one of a kind. She is one of the most loyal & hardworking travelers that I have worked with in my 17-year career as a Healthcare Travel Recruiter. Pam and I have become very close friends over the 7.5 yrs that we have worked together as Recruiter & Allied Traveler.
She is always willing to go above and beyond to help each and every hospital she is contracted at during their time of need. It’s not uncommon for Pam to get an offer to come on as a full-time employee at just about every hospital where she’s been stationed.
She understands that she is walking into the home of the staff members with each new assignment & knows just how to fit in everywhere she goes. he has offered to change shifts during an assignment, pick up or switch on-call schedules with staff or to work every holiday to allow staff to be home with their families. She is a true natural traveler which is hard to come by and every hospital’s dream traveler.”
– Niki Riddle
Pam was gracious enough to take a few minutes on her day off to answer a couple of questions for us about her time as a traveler and what inspires her.
Tell us about you! Where are you from? Family? Friends? Pets?
I’m from West Virginia and my husband travels with me along with our 2 dogs. My mother still lives in WV as well as my mother-in-law.
Why did you decide to go into healthcare?
I decided to become a CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) because my son was always sick and I want to help others. I became a traveler after my son passed away at the age of 15! Traveling has truly been a godsend for me and has kept me going.
What prompted you to start traveling?
I’m very easygoing, I enjoy working with others and teaching new techs as well as students. If I can pass on some of my knowledge to others, it has made all the assignments worthwhile.
What was your first assignment like?
My first assignment was in Hamilton NY and I thought, “Where am I going!?” I couldn’t find my apartment so I went straight to the hospital. There was a police officer there and he took me to my apartment. We were in New York through the winter and it snowed for about 6 months. We made a lot of new friends and went to a lot of new places.
What’s your favorite thing about traveling?
Seeing all of the new places and the adventures that each place has to offer.
What is the most challenging part about traveling? How do you overcome it?
Getting ready to go to your next adventure. Because I have an RV, I have to plan in advance for a good place to stay.
How many assignments have you taken and where?
I have been traveling for 16 years and have been in over 20 different facilities. I have been everywhere from Washington State to as far as Massachusetts.
What advice would you have for someone who is thinking about starting their travel career?
Just get out there and try it. Once you start, you won’t want to stop because you have the freedom to chose your own destiny!
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