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.

Travel Nurse Adventures

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

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.

David South Lake Tahoe

Q: What are the benefits of traveling?

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

Flexibility

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!

David South Lake Tahoe 2

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.”

David Mendocino County (Willits), CA

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.

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