From La La Land to Disneyland: Jonathan’s #AdventuresWithRTG

Last February, Jonathan and his wife were watching one of their favorites — La La Land. He said he enjoyed the soundtrack, but it was the story’s setting that struck a chord.

“I’m sure my wife loved the movie for [Ryan] Gosling, but I was falling in love with Los Angeles.”

That’s when he asked, “What do you think about going there?”

After talking about the possible move, Jonathan called his RTG Medical recruiter about getting the ball rolling in Southern California. Jonathan was currently in North Carolina working as an ER Nurse, but he had worked in emergency departments across the country.

Shortly after, he matched with an ER nursing position — and that was it! Jonathan, his wife Patricia, and their three-year-old son packed up their 4Runner and hit the road — headed west.

That cross-country road trip launched their year of travel throughout the Golden State. When Jonathan wasn’t in the emergency department, he and his family traveled to the Golden Gate Bridge…


the set of “FRIENDS”…


the 17-mile Road on Pebble Beach…


the Grand Canyon…

and Disneyland.


He said they enjoyed “seeing the sights of Hollywood and recognizing a lot of familiar locations that we would see on TV. Even better, frequently meeting some of our favorite celebrities.”

Here’s Jonathan with Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow) from The Hangover.


They had the flexibility of going snowboarding in the mountains or going surfing at the beach. The work-life balance injected new life into Jonathan’s nursing assignment; he even worked as a nurse at Coachella!


“My favorite aspect of travel nursing is the people I meet while working,” he said, “when you get to know people while traveling, they start to invite you to do things that you never thought would be possible.”

Jonathan’s been traveling with RTG Medical for four and half years. He still loves watching La La Land and where it’s set, but he says he loves living there even more.


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