One Step at a Time to Travel Nursing

Meet Kim! She’s an LPN from Tennessee whose life has changed in every way — by, you guessed it — one step at a time.

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Let’s learn how she did it!

Step 1: Learn About Travel Nursing

Kim first worked in a pediatric clinic where she learned a lot! But, she said she felt like she could learn more. So, she started working in a family clinic. She loved it — but same story. With another routine down cold, she craved a constant learning environment!

That’s when travel nursing popped in her head. Before she knew it, a RTG Medical post appeared on her Facebook feed.

“I was at the point that my son graduated high school… I could do it!”

Kim said she initially wanted to go to Hawaii but opted out.

“I would never get back home,” she laughed.

It wasn’t until she was offered a travel assignment in Nebraska from RTG that she finally decided to take… the next step!

Step 2: Become a Travel Nurse

“I loved it.”

Kim had never worked 12 house before, but she said “it started to have positive effects on her.”

“Instead of eating, I started walking everywhere I went.”

Step 3: Become Healthier

She walked to work (which was a mile and a half) and would walk constantly. Then, she would take her patients in wheelchairs outside and walk up and down the road. She pushed up to five people a day, going on walks, and losing weight.

“It added up!”

It was a snowball effect, and before she knew it, Kim had dropped 75 pounds!

Step 4: Find Love

A month later, she answered a personal ad on a whim.

“I knew it was something special,” she said.

Kim said her new relationship was just another reason to continue on her weight loss journey.

“I have a boyfriend… and now I’m engaged!”

Step 4: Find New Roads

Because of the transformative journey while traveling, she’s going back to school! She found a program in Arkansas, and Kim is planning to become an RN.

“I have learned so much about travel nursing. It has been the best thing ever! RTG Medical is definitely the best travel agency to be with.”

Ready to take the next step? Find travel jobs across the country here: rtgmedical.com/jobsearch

RTG Medical Travel Nurse Loses 100 Pounds On Assignment

“It’s the best thing I ever did in my life.”

Meet Steve Stang! He’s an EP Nurse from Omaha, Nebraska.

RTG Medical recently got to interview him about his inspirational travel journey!

Last year, Steve celebrated 32 years working at his home hospital. After building a strong foundation of critical care experience, he decided to take a leap of faith and become a travel nurse.

“I wanted to focus on myself.”

And he did just that.

In December of 2019, Steve landed in Atlanta for his first assignment.

“It was amazing,” he said, “I was the new guy for the first time — the new kid on the block.”

He said it was fun to prove himself and learn new approaches to procedures. He said loved it so much, he accepted a second assignment at the same facility.

During his two contracts in Atlanta, Steve found a passion for the outdoors and photography.

When he wasn’t working, he was hiking…

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Snapping photos of everything that caught his eye…

And eating well.

With his new found lifestyle, he dropped more than 100 pounds!

“It turned my world around,” he said, “[traveling] was a great vehicle [for me] to focus on myself.”

Steve was so motivating that one of his coworkers in Atlanta followed suit and lost 75 pounds, too!

So what’s next?

After completing his first two contracts, Steve is back home in Nebraska woodworking in his garage…

spending time with family…

and gearing up for his third assignment with RTG!

His advice to future travelers?

“It’s definitely worth the risk, and I’m all for it,” he said, “Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Don’t be afraid! It was the biggest blessing in my life.”

Want to start traveling? Your new adventure starts here!

Work Your Dream Job + Travel

Is it possible?

According to traveling healthcare professionals… YES!

Let’s break it down.

Meet Dave! He’s one of our traveling physical therapists. We asked him what it’s like working his dream job while traveling.

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Q: What are the benefits of traveling?

A: “Two of the main benefits of traveling are flexibility and variety.”

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Dave said he enjoys the different lengths of time off between assignments. There are also flexible work locations and durations for his assignments.

Variety 

As far as variety goes, there’s a lot of it! Dave said the practice setting, patient populations, staff/co-workers, department policies, and overall work experience make each assignment unique and exciting! After and between shifts, the adventures are just as diverse. Dave said he loves getting to experience different communities, restaurants, breweries/wineries, and entertainment. The outdoor adventures aren’t too shabby either!

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Q: What do you get to explore on time off?

A: ​Dave said he loves regional outdoor adventures of his choosing! This ranges from local entertainment to weekend getaways tot he coast, mountains, or river valleys. Not to mention, the drive between each assignment destination can be its own adventure!

Q: Any volunteer opportunities?

A: “​Communities often embrace any volunteer work you or your traveling partner wish to provide. Local animal shelters are always looking for help walking and taking care of those wonderful adoptable pooches and kitties.”

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Q: Why is traveling the dream job?

A: “Honestly, I will echo my statements from above [regarding] variety, flexibility, and variability.”

Dave also added he loves, “having an opportunity to experience differences in communities that you may want to call home for the long run someday.”

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Q: Any advice to future traveling healthcare professionals?

A: “Don’t be afraid to be happy where you are. If you find yourself having a good work/community/living experience and the facility is offering to extend your contract, stick around. That next great destination will always be there in the future.”

Inspired? Let’s start planning your #adventureswithRTG here.

How To Choose Your Medical Staffing Agency

If you’re new to the healthcare staffing industry or you’re in search of your first recruiter, it may be a bit overwhelming.

After all, there’s a lot of us!

But, RTG Medical is in your corner, and we’re here to make the decision process easier.

We spoke with our team, and we boiled it down to two major steps! Read on to find the best fit for your traveling career.

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1. Find a recruiter you connect with.

Don’t get us wrong. You’re definitely looking for a staffing agency; but in the end, you’re going to be talking with your recruiter the most.

Find someone who will truly listen to your plans, your desires, and your priorities. This will help your recruiter help you find the best assignments and adventures.

Once you do find a great fit, tell that recruiter! This will get the ball rolling and ensure your traveler-recruiter relationship has a solid foundation for your traveling future.

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2. Choose a company you can trust.

This is very important.

Choose an established company that has been around long enough to experience all of the changes in the industry. Working with a trusted agency gives you a great resource for anything you may encounter down the road. Choose your RECRUITER just as much as you’re choosing your AGENCY!

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Interested in us? 

RTG Medical has been a trusted healthcare staffing agency for nearly 20 years. Headquartered in Fremont, Nebraska, we connect healthcare professionals to assignments in all 50 states. Learn more here or give us a call at 866.784.2329. 

RTG Medical Is Gifting Free Nike Shoes To New Travelers

It’s the shoe shaking the nation. It’s the nurse’s clog… Reinvented.

Meet the Nike Air Zoom Pulse — a shoe-in success for any shift at the hospital.

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The lace-free, water-resistant alternative is making waves throughout the healthcare industry — and for good reason. Some say the lightweight and practical sneaker feels like a “snug hug,” even after miles on the job.

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Nike says the shoe was created for healthcare professionals who tirelessly work to care for others.

Our mission at RTG Medical? Care for those “everyday heroes.”

Free Nike With RTG

Starting December 19, 2019, RTG Medical is gifting a new (and free) pair of the Nike Air Zoom Pulse to traveling healthcare professionals who sign a new or extend an existing contract, and start before February 29, 2020.  Click for details.

If you’re ready to kick off the new year with a new adventure and new shoes, call us now at (866) 784-2329 or click here for more!

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6 Steps To Becoming A Travel Nurse

Caught the travel bug?

You’re in the right place.

You may be graduating next year, experiencing a life change, or just wanting to find your new #adventureswithRTG.

At RTG Medical, we’re here to help you go there — and we’ll be there every step of the way, as your personal travel guide.

If you’re excited and inspired by travel nursing, read on! One of our senior recruiters will tell you everything you need to know in taking the leap.

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1. Commit

This is the hardest step! Once you decide to travel, your recruiter can get the ball rolling. You will have the most preparation before your first assignment; so, it’s good for you and your recruiter to know that you are 100 percent ready for your #adventureswithRTG.

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2. Keep Your Current Position

You’ve decided to travel. Awesome! Now, don’t get too ahead of yourself and quit your current position. Take a breath. Your recruiter will give you the green light when you’re ready to be submitted for traveling positions.

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3. Brush Up On That Resume!

Make sure your experience is on paper. Also, explain any gaps of employment; this may be a chunk of paid time off or a gap where you took time to raise a family. Whatever that may be, elaborate! Also, gather all of your immunization records.

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4. Find Your “Why”

Why are you traveling? Is it for more compensation or for more adventure? Whatever it may be, communicate your “why” with your recruiter. Then, they can tailor assignments just for you!

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5. Apply For Licenses

If you know you want to travel to specific states, go ahead and apply. Sometimes, this can take a while. That’s why it’s best to start the process now, so when your assignment is ready for you, you’re off to the races!

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6. Ask Questions!

At RTG Medical, we want what’s best for you. It’s YOUR career! Ask us anything, because we’re happy to help and guide you on your #adventureswithRTG.

Ready to start traveling? Click here for more information.

Beyond Borders: Delivering Medical Supplies and Care to the World

RTG Medical traveler Adena is one inspiring woman. She’s a NICU nurse who recently took two weeks off during her contract extension to volunteer in East Africa. She brought medical supplies from MedShare to St. Francis Community Health Centre, a rural facility in Mityana, Uganda.

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Adena said, it was “extremely under-resourced” and “difficult to grasp how little they had to work with.”

There wasn’t a functioning X-ray machine, their lab capabilities were limited, drug selection was sparse and most people in the community couldn’t afford treatment.

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“The people of Uganda are so unbelievably optimistic and grateful for everything! Extremely friendly. They live a life full of joy, even though they lack the most basic necessities. We take a lot for granted in life,” Adena said.

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While there, Adena also went on a safari, took a boat ride down the Nile and hiked.

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“I went on a gorilla trek to see the Mountain Gorillas, which are now critically endangered. That was an unforgettable weekend,” she said.

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Now, Adena said she is looking forward to helping others on her next assignment — maybe on the west coast.

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If you are interested in traveling with RTG Medical, click here for more information.

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The Travel Nurse Power Couple

Meet Dustin and Crista Akins — a travel nursing duo crossing the country with their 19-month-old son Leo.

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After they got married, they worked at the University of New Mexico Hospital for a few years where Dustin was an adult progressive care nurse and Crista was a pediatric ICU nurse. During their time in Albuquerque, Crista started to catch the travel bug — but at the time, adventures didn’t seem possible.

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Crista had used all of her paid time off from her maternity leave and Dustin was finishing his bachelors degree, so they didn’t have any free time to travel.

That’s when Crista started looking into travel nursing and connected with Cory at RTG Medical.

“He has been fabulous to work with!” Crista said.

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So far, it’s been smooth sailing! Cory (their recruiter) said, “We are truly lucky to have them on board with RTG!”

The Akins family has travelled to Phoenix, Arizona, and now, they are on their second contract in Tacoma, Washington. So far, they’ve been on the road for nearly a year.

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“We have found that there are amazing people no matter where you go, and so far, this experience has been truly priceless.”

Want to start your #AdventureswithRTG? Visit rtgmedical.com/JobSearch and contact us today!

Five Reasons Why You Should Become a Travel Nurse

Over the last two years, Maggy H. has traveled with RTG Medical. She’s a skilled nursing/long-term care nurse who has learned a lot from her #AdventureswithRTG.

Read Maggy’s travel nursing checklist!

1. You love to travel.

It’s exciting! Every assignment gives you a new adventure. Maggy says she spent a year working in Australia, and after she got back to the United States, she knew she couldn’t settle down in one place. She says she hopes to find her permanent home one day — but for now — she’s loving the flexibility of traveling.

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2. You love exploring.

Exploring can mean many things — from checking out a new coffee shop on your day off, to snorkeling at a nearby beach. For Maggy, exploring means hiking, climbing and camping on her days off. She says she loves experiencing new landscapes across the U.S. between her shifts.

3. You love meeting new people.

It’s a package deal: new assignments, new people. Maggy says one of the joys of traveling the country is meeting new people and building new friendships. During Maggy’s first contract, she spent time with Heather — her friend and Maggy’s gateway into travel nursing.

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4. You love learning from different opportunities.

Each travel assignment will be new, and if you love embracing change, travel nursing is the gig for you! Maggy says each contract and facility offers different staffing ratios, state survey results, policies and procedures. Embracing these opportunities makes you a better and more well-rounded nurse.

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5. You want to make a difference.

Maggy says she loves using her diverse travel experiences to become an even better nurse. In the long run, she’s planning on improving long-term and geriatric care legislature. She also says this is important to note: Even though a travel assignment can be short, you have the power to change and save a life.

Sound like you? Start your #AdventureswithRTG today at https://rtgmedical.com/JobSearch.

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…

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the set of “FRIENDS”…

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the 17-mile Road on Pebble Beach…

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the Grand Canyon…

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and Disneyland.

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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.

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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!

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“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.”

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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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