#trustaffTraveler Spotlight: Crystal R.

trustaff family, meet Crystal. She’s been a #trustafftraveler for a while now and we only hear great things! Her recruiter nominated her for a spotlight for going above and beyond on her assignments. Get to know a little about Crystal below.

Tell us about YOU! Where are you from? Family? Friends? Pets?

Currently I’m on assignment in Minnesota. Originally I am from Nebraska. I have a 16 year old son, Blake. I spent the majority of my life in my hometown of Beatrice, NE… finally making the break 2 years ago, moving to the big city of Lincoln, NE.

I was stuck in a rut, and started to dislike nursing. Although I have had some amazing experiences working in different capacities in nursing, something was missing and I needed more.

Why did you decide to go into healthcare?
I started calling BINGO in an assisted living center in my hometown when I was 15 years old. My mother was ill throughout my childhood, and I had thought about going in to healthcare, but my mom wanted me to be an attorney and boy did I love to argue.

After high school, I started law school. Right away I knew it was not for me at all. I immediately went back to healthcare and have been here ever since.

I love helping people. I’ve worked in many different areas including clinics, home health, hospice, pediatrics, pulmonary, LTC, skilled rehab, burn center, wound clinics, and public health… and its been the best decision thus far.

What prompted you to start traveling?

I’ve always wanted to travel and see the country, but I wasn’t sure if that would ever be a possibility. I saw an ad on Facebook about travel nursing so I started researching it a bit. I decided it was something I wanted to try and reached out to trustaff and David James, my recruiter.

What was your first assignment like?

Go big or stay home, right?! I packed up and headed about as far east as I could go. I made the 27 hour trip to Maine for my first assignment. I worked it out so that I could stop by Niagara Falls on the way. The assignment was a bit nerve wracking, but David was awesome about calming me down and taking care of me the entire time. I made some great friends out there as well, who I still keep in touch with.

What’s your favorite thing about traveling?

My favorite thing is being able to see the different areas of the country and how different the cultures are from one area to the next. I love being able to work my booty off for a short time and then take a bit off time off, reset, and head out to the next one.

What is the most challenging part about traveling? How do you overcome it?

The most challenging part is being away from my family. For 34 years we were always right there in town, and now I have been given the ability to spread my wings. I’ve overcome it by sending my grandparents a Facebook portal so that we can video chat often, which makes me feel like I’m home again once in a while. I go home as often as I can and talk on the phone a lot as well. My son isn’t much of a video chatter, so Snapchat it is.

How many assignments have you taken and where?

I am on my 3rd assignment as a traveler, 2nd one with trustaff. 1st was in Maine, 2nd in Minnesota, and this one, I chose to stay in Minnesota. Partially because I like the area, and partially because I just happened to have fallen in love with a Minnesota native. 💕

What advice would you have for someone who is thinking about starting their travel career?

Do it! And don’t look back. This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and career. Thanks to travel nursing, I’ll be jetting off to Jamaica in May!

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