Meet Sharon! She’s been a #trustafftraveler for a long time now and has been on 11 assignments… Wow!
Sharon has a lot of experience, and with that, a lot of great advice to share. She has a great outlook on life and has traveled as a nurse with a very open mind. Her recruiter nominated her for this week’s spotlight so we can all appreciate her Sharon’s strong attitude and practiced traveling tips!
Tell us about YOU! Where are you from? Family? Friends? Pets?
Hello, 👋 I’m Sharon. I’m originally from Ashland, Wisconsin. I have 3 children (2 girls and a boy) and 2 grandbabies: one is 12, one 3 months old. No pets.
Why did you decide to go into healthcare?
I joined the Navy out of high school and became a Hospital Corpsman. I loved it so much that I knew I wanted to continue to my career in nursing when I got out.
What prompted you to start traveling?
I was divorced and raised my kids by myself; when the last one left home I knew it would be a long time before I could retire. I decided that if I wanted to travel and see the world, Travel Nursing would be the best way to do it.
What was your first assignment like?
My first assignment was overwhelming, especially the first week. It was a new environment with new people, so this is likely to happen, but then it got much easier as time went on and I fell in love with it.
What’s your favorite thing about traveling?
Experiencing new places and seeing things I have never seen before. I also love meeting new people, I’ve made a lot of great friends traveling!
What is the most challenging part about traveling? How do you overcome it?
The hardest part for me is the stress of looking for a new assignment. I’ve always managed to get one, but its stressful until I do. Thank goodness I have the best recruiter ever!!
How many assignments have you taken and where?
I’ve worked in Yuma, AZ, Bullhead City, AZ, Gallup, NM, Springfield, MO, St George, UT, Janesville, WI, Cheraw, SC, Muncie, IN, Bloomington, IN, Warsaw, IN, and Wellington, FL. (Wow what a list!)
What advice would you have for someone who is thinking about starting their travel career?
Nursing is the same where ever you go. The only things that changes are the people, the charting, and the layout of the floor. It can be lonely if you let it, so it’s important to keep an open mind, a positive attitude, and be adventurous. Go see as much as you can!
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