The Gypsy Nurse could not be successful without the support and contributions of it’s readers. Today’s Travel Nurse Interview is from reader and Travel Nurse Cheryl, LPN Read on to see what it’s like as an LPN Travel Nurse.
We don’t see many LPN’s traveling as it’s a bit more difficult to find positions as an LPN. Cheryl proves to us that it can be done and enjoyed!
Name: Cheryl, LPN
Specialty: LTC, Med/Surg, Clinic
Level of Education: LPN
Do you suffer from Hypertravelosis? YES! I feel like have to “go” all the time, never want to stay in one place and get antsy toward end of assignment.
How long have you been traveling? Beginner 1-2 Years
How many locations have you traveled? 5 Locations:
Please list them.
Deming New Mexico
ST Albans VT x2
St Thomas Virgin Islands
“I love it! (Travel Nursing)”
What was your favorite location? Favorite Hospital? Why?
St Albans Vermont was my favorite location and Hospital. The proximity to New York City, Boston, Maine, Canada, etc. I made friends there and I felt “at home”.
What is the longest you’ve been in one location? The shortest?:
Longest: St Albans Vermont – 7 months
Shortest: 5 weeks in ST Thomas VI (hated the working conditions, felt it was dangerous).
Share why you started Travel Nursing: I started travel nursing to combine the work that I love with my other love of Travel.
Have you changed specialties while traveling? Please explain. I added clinic experience to my LTC and Med-surg experience while travel nursing.
Because Cheryl is an LPN, I wanted to find out if there were specific issues/thoughts:
- Are there specific companies that you have found that have frequent LPN positions?
- Core Medical Group
- RTG medical
- AB staffing
- What type of positions have you worked as a Traveler?
- Inpatient Med-surg
- Are there unique issues that you have encountered as an LPN traveler vs an RN?
- HARDER to find an assignment.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new travel nurse, what would it be? (feel free to list more than one).
As an lpn, stick to the recruiters who CAN find you assignments, don’t settle for the first offer to come up, consider all offers, and remember that it takes time. As a side note: St Albans VT was a ” I need a job” assignment and wound up being my favorite so far and I hate Winter.
Tell me about an experience that stands out from you Travel Nurse career. It could be clinical, funny, while on the road, etc.
I was able to see and experience New Years eve in New York while on assignment in Vermont…
What do you feel was the biggest mistake that you made related to travel nursing? What advice would you give a new traveler to prevent making the same mistake?
Going to Hawaii for my very first Travel Contract. I got spoiled and the contracts that followed were hard to compare!
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