Whitney G. has been an amazing traveler in all her time with trustaff. She’s traveled all across the country! Her recruiter, Heather, nominated her for a trustaff traveler spotlight for her positive attitude and her dedication to caring for patients in need.
“Whitney is amazing to work with! She has such a positive attitude and enjoys new experiences. I feel so lucky to have gotten to be a part of her journey!” – Heather Bors, Lead Recruiter
Tell us about YOU! Where are you from? Family? Friends? Pets?
I’m from a small town called Florence, Alabama. Received my BSN from the University of Alabama; then lived and worked in Birmingham, Alabama for 6 years before I started travel nursing. My parents still live in North Alabama, and my sister and her family live in Memphis Tennessee (with the 2 cutest little girls you’ve ever seen). I have friends spread out all over the states! My pup, Ginger, goes with me on almost every assignment she’s been to 10/13 assignments with me! She’s been my one constant through this crazy life of traveling!
Why did you decide to go into healthcare?
I decided to go into healthcare because I love helping people and making people smile. I work in PCICU/PICU/General peds and seeing how resilient those kids are makes me go back every day. I love being a part of a team that makes a difference every day in people’s lives.
What prompted you to start traveling?
Honestly, I was stuck in a rut and needed something different and exciting. I always wanted to be a travel nurse from the beginning, but I never had the guts to take that first step to do it. I had a lot of support and people encouraging me to go travel, but I was just so nervous! Then my roommate at the time said she wanted to travel too, so we took the first big leap together and started traveling!
What was your first assignment like?
My first assignment was scary at first, but turned out to be amazing! The hospital and team I worked with were so welcoming and helpful. I will always remember the people and friends I met at my first assignment in Houston, TX!
What’s your favorite thing about traveling?
Oh man, SO many favorite things about traveling!! I have made some of my best friends while traveling (I’ve had the pleasure of being in 2 of their weddings!). I’ve been to places and done things I never even thought about…Guam and getting scuba certified…Roadtripping around Alaska…ice-climbing in Colorado and Alaska…taking an assignment where my sister lives for the birth of my niece…There’s so much flexibility to traveling; being able to take off a week or more in between assignments to travel other places and visit friends and family is definitely one of my favorite things! I’ve also loved seeing how different hospitals and units work-I have definitely learned A LOT from these assignments!
What is the most challenging part about traveling? How do you overcome it?
Most challenging part for me is being away from family and friends and sometimes not feeling fully settled. Ginger, my dog, definitely helps with that…I always have a piece of home with me. A lot of my assignments I have had friends go with me so that helps as well. I’ve also had family and friends come to visit me on several assignments! Oh, and of course FaceTime…the beauty of technology! Haha
How many assignments have you taken and where?
I am currently on assignment number 13:
Houston->Colorado Springs->Palo Alto->San diego->Colorado Springs->San Diego->Atlanta->Nashville->Guam->Memphis->Charlottesville, VA->Anchorage, AK->Richmond, VA
What advice would you have for someone who is thinking about starting their travel career?
Just do it!! Take a deep breath, fill out the application, find an amazing recruiter, and go with it! Don’t let anything hold you back. You will meet some of the most amazing people. You will see more of the world than ever imagined. You will not regret it. I know it’s scary leaving home and your people, but it is 100% worth it! Once you get to a new hospital just remember to be open-minded, ask lots of questions on their policies and procedures, make friends, and go with the flow. It’s truly an eye-opening experience.
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