Travel Nurse 101: An Introduction

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By Brandy Pinkerton

January 26, 2022



Travel Nurse 101: An Introduction

Intro To Travel Nurse 101

Are you considering taking your nursing career to the next level but don’t know how to take that first step? Life is too short to be burnt out, underpaid, and unappreciated. Travel nursing allows you the flexibility and freedom to pursue your passion for nursing while traveling, gaining knowledge, and having epic adventures. You get to explore with a purpose!

Why did I decide to become a travel nurse? Well, I was burned out in my staff job and needed to renew my passion for nursing. I felt “stuck” and couldn’t help but have feelings of doubt and apprehension about my long-term career as a nurse. After a lot of research, finding a great company, and a trustworthy recruiter, I embarked on my first assignment solo with my two doggies in tow and never looked back! Becoming a travel nurse was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself, and my only regret is not starting sooner! 

What exactly is Travel Nurse 101, you may ask?

While I’m grateful I made the decision to become a travel nurse, I also know that it can be very overwhelming getting started, and there are some things I would have done differently. I am all about working smarter, not harder. Over my career, I have been a leader, teacher, and resource to many other nurses. I genuinely love helping others and want them to be successful. This is where the thought of being a nurse mentor came to life! I have a very outgoing, positive outlook on life and try to carry a very approachable attitude. Naturally, people confide and seek advice from me; it is a trait that I am forever thankful for. Travel Nurse 101 is more than a brand or business. Travel Nurse 101 is education, tips, and mentorship for new travel nurses that I hope is perceived as very genuine and heartfelt, not just your normal Q&A. It has a “personable” feel and is something I want to always try to maintain, so nurses feel like they have a safe place to get help and ask for advice from a real nurse who’s been where they have and personally knows what it feels like to go through these experiences. My goal with this mentorship program is to give you the tools you need to be successful and let you know that you are not alone in your pursuits. Instead of letting you learn the hard way, I’ll tell you all there is to know about travel nursing so that you can feel prepared to take the leap into this exciting, rewarding profession with full confidence! I am here to cheer you on; let’s do this!! 

About Brandy

I’m Brandy, your fellow travel nurse friend, leader, and mentor. My goal is to inspire and advocate for nurses, to help you succeed and thrive in your career. I have over 18 years of varied nursing experience, including neonatal and pediatric ICU, critical care float pool, flight nursing, and travel nursing. Since pursuing a career as a travel nurse, I’ve had adventures in Florida, Colorado, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, and Montana. I’m an avid traveler, hiker, and outdoor enthusiast.

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