I worked at the same hospital for 26 years before I decided to make a change, and even then I needed to spend two years convincing myself before I was really ready. The options in my home town were limited and I knew I didn’t want to commute every day to a job nearby. That’s when I started thinking about travel nursing.
When I began my search for a travel company, I didn’t have any references. So, I got on the Internet and started looking around. I was so afraid I would pick the wrong company, but I just needed to take that leap of faith and plunge in! When I found some information on MedPro, I decided to give them a call. I’m so glad I did!
My recruiter worked hard to find me just the right assignment. I wasn’t ready to uproot my husband just yet so I wanted to be near enough to home to go back on long weekends. He found me a placement in the emergency room at a wonderful hospital just four hours from our home town. I completed two 13-week assignments at that hospital and everything went very smoothly.
I’m an independent person and one of my worries was that my recruiter would call me too often. He did call me after my first day and then again a week later to say, “I’m here if you need me.” That was perfect! He seemed to understand what I needed and I never had to say a thing.
Now that I’ve made the switch to travel nursing, I realize it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. While I was in my ‘forever’ job, I worried about what I would do if I lost my job. Now, between assignments I have enough money to enjoy a little free time without worrying where the next paycheck is coming from.