Chasity is an outstanding #trustafftraveler. She has been working incredibly hard over the last few months and her recruiter DL noticed! He nominated her for a #trustafftraveler spotlight. We are so happy to have her as a part of our trustaff family and we would love for you all to get to know her better! Take a look at the short interview we did with her inbetween shifts.
Tell us about YOU! Where are you from? Family? Friends? Pets?
I am from Greensboro NC. I have been married to my wonderfully supportive and jack of all trades husband, Wes for just under 2 years. He and our beautiful husky, named Kilo, travel with me in our Mercedes sprinter van which Wes converted and in which we live.
Why did you decide to go into healthcare?
I have always had this deep yearning for helping people. My mother is a nurse, and I wanted to follow in her footsteps. Once in nursing school, I observed a CABG, and that’s when I fell in love with cardiac surgery.
What prompted you to start traveling?
My life’s goal has always been to see the world, since I was a young girl. I met some travel nurses when I was in nursing school and knew it was for me. I waited to gain the experience I needed, and once I met Wes, we decided it was the adventure we needed.
What was your first assignment like?
It was a challenge for sure. It was very humbling to go from a nurse of 8 years of experience in the OR to the new person who knew nothing. The people were incredible though, and I learned a lot. I am truly grateful for that experience.
What’s your favorite thing about traveling?
My favorite thing is getting to know new people on a deep level and experiencing local cultures. It’s wonderful how different, yet the same, we all are.
What is the most challenging part about traveling? How do you overcome it?
The most challenging part is probably being the new person. You know what you know, but you come to realize that not only do your new co-workers have no idea what you are capable of, but you also have so much more to learn, no matter how long you have been in this profession. It’s truly humbling.
How many assignments have you taken and where?
I have been to five different facilities in the past three years, which include the following: Manchester, NH, Sanford, NC, Portsmouth, NH, Charleston, SC, and Harrisonburg, VA.
What advice would you have for someone who is thinking about starting their travel career?
First of all, keep patient care as a number one priority in all you do. You are there to take care of people Secondly, I would suggest keeping an open mind and heart for learning new things, places, and people. Embrace the people, embrace the culture, let go of your expectations about what you think the experience is supposed to be, and just enjoy what it actually is.
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