We would like to introduce you to Abbi. She’s been a #trustafftraveler for over a year now and both the facilities she’s visited and and our team think she’s fantastic!
Her recruiter nominated her for this week’s spotlight to show their appreciation for all she does. She’s had an interesting travel journey and was kind enough to share a bit of her experiences with us.
Tell us about YOU! Where are you from? Family? Friends? Pets?
Hello 👋 I’m Abbi. I’m originally from Clendenin, WV and moved to Morehead, KY for nursing school. Afterward, I just kind of stayed in this area. I am currently working on my masters degree for my FNP.
I am not married nor do I have children! I do, however, have two adorable Boston terriers who are literally my children. My oldest is Riley Augustus (he’s 4) and my youngest is Winston Elliot (he’s 1).
I currently live with my brother in Morehead. I’ve been there for about 6 years now. My family is everything to me! I met some of the best people at my first ever nursing job and they are forever my friends. I am newer to the traveling game and I recently had to take a break for a few months due to having back surgery! But now I’m new as ever.
Why did you decide to go into healthcare?
I went into healthcare because when I was 16 my grandfather died of a complication post surgery. Basically the MD took him off a medication that should have been kept on, a blood thinner. He died within 24 hours of being transferred home. Also on my kindergarten diploma it said I wanted to be a nurse.
What prompted you to start traveling?
Well, at my full time job they hired travelers. I met many amazing people through that. I was interested in traveling and getting to know more people. I love meeting new people and building relationships. It was an adventure I was wanting to take.
What was your first assignment like?
My first assignment had good and bad times. When I first got there it was nice there were several welcoming people. I wanted to be part of it all. Then it went south once I started having severe back pain. Even though I continued to work, the people weren’t as nice.
What’s your favorite thing about traveling?
My favorite thing about traveling is learning. I feel like there is a constant amount of learning that occurs. The abundance of new people who come into your life amazes me as well. I love to meet people and learn about their lives. By traveling, I’m able to experience so much.
What is the most challenging part about traveling? How do you overcome it?
Well, I had mentioned I am a full time graduate student needing to do practicum hours, 200 a semester. It is very hard to do this and travel at the same time. My recruiter is absolutely amazing. She has helped me with managing all this at once. I don’t sleep much, but I do what needs to be done.
How many assignments have you taken and where?
I have only been on two different assignments. My first one at CAMC Memorial and my second at UK Good Samaritan. I also want to give a huge shoutout to the staff of UK Good Samaritan’s 7th floor—they have welcomed me since day one. This assignment will be the one that’s truly hard to leave.
What advice would you have for someone who is thinking about starting their travel career?
You will question yourself about the decision until you finally do it. You just have to jump right in. Also once you get to your assignment do not be the nurse who just does her job, go above and beyond. Especially for the patients, but also always help the people you work with as well.
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