We would like to introduce you to Delilah, she has been on 2 assignments now as a travel nurse! She has a big heart and adventurous spirit, which makes her the perfect fit for what she does. She has great advice to share for those who are just getting started.
Her recruiter nominated her for this week’s spotlight to show their appreciation for her positive personality and open mind!
Tell us about YOU! Where are you from? Family? Friends? Pets?
Hello, 👋 I’m Delilah. I’m a Latina (Spain & Puerto Rican roots) originally from Queens, New York. My family lives in Connecticut and New York City. My husband and I (14 years married) have been living in Raleigh, North Carolina for 5 years with 4 rescue cats and 1 rescue dog. I love to travel and when I do I enjoy helping people and animals in each place that I visit. I am a huge fitness lover (especially Fitness Blender workouts), I am all about a plant-based lifestyle. I love to read while either by a pool or beachside with a nice glass of wine.
Why did you decide to go into healthcare?
I have loved medicine since childhood and specifically wanted to care for those that were not able to speak for themselves. I was a Veterinary Technician (aka Veterinary nurse) for 10 years, then I made the transition to human nursing. I worked as a Vet Tech throughout nursing school and I still am a Vet Tech on the side. The compassion and attentiveness needed for non-verbal communication when caring for animals helped me tremendously when caring for people. This helped especially with younger patients or patients that are unable to communicate with their voice.
What prompted you to start traveling?
I wanted to learn more and challenge myself, which meant stepping out of my comfort zone.
What was your first assignment like?
My first assignment was amazing, so I extended it! It was a bit overwhelming at first (Cardiothoracic Unit with lots of heart devices and heart/lung life support), especially dealing with different documentation software. But everyone is so nice and welcoming which made it much easier to transition, I loved it!
What’s your favorite thing about traveling?
I am never bored! There is always something new to learn and great people to learn with.
What is the most challenging part about traveling? How do you overcome it?
The most challenging part is being comfortable with the uncomfortable. As a traveler, we have to be on our toes and ready to acclimate to anything at any time. Once I acknowledged that I was ready for the challenge and I welcomed it.
How many assignments have you taken and where?
I have been on 2 assignments, both in Lynchburg, VA.
What advice would you have for someone who is thinking about starting their travel career?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
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