Hi. I’m Jen. I have been a nurse for over 10 years, although looking back I can’t believe that I’ve done so much. I worked for six years as a staff nurse, taught clinicals for ADN students, and went to school for my MSN in that time.
In 2010, the travel bug hit me (although I really became interested in travel nursing while I was a student myself) and I left my cushy staff job in Michigan and hit the road to California with my now wife. We called it our “Jobless, Homeless, Roadtrip Across America” as she was starting her own business at the same time.
It took me four months of interviewing to actually land my first travel contract (but was able to see plenty of friends & national parks along the way)! I feel fortunate to be able to call nursing my calling, not just a job. I still really enjoy working at the bedside and I think much of that is due to new and exciting experiences as a travel nurse. My heart lies in the CVICU, where patients are often at their sickest, but have worked in a variety of other ICUs as well. There are so many avenues one can take within nursing, and travel nursing is one of the most exciting ones for me. I enjoy the flexibility, exploring new places, learning about new medications/treatments, and meeting new people.