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The Gypsy Nurse Fall Virtual Conference 2021: Travel Nurse 101
About this Event
Wednesday | 10/13/2021 | 11:00a ET | Jill Eliassen | Travel Nurse 101
Let’s Talk Travel Nursing! In this session, Jill Eliassen will join Brittany Garcia and Brandy Pinkerton in discussing:
- How much experience do I need and what kinds of facilities can I work at?
- Who pays for my credentials and licenses?
- Do I have any other fees?
- How do I choose a good agency?
- How do I know when I have a good recruiter, and how many recruiters should I have?
- Support and Agency offerings
Jill Eliassen: Jill Eliassen, BSN, RN | Vice-Chair of NATHO’s Clinical Executive Council |Vice President of Clinical Services at TNAA
Jill Eliassen proudly serves as vice-chair of NATHO’s clinical executive council and as the vice president of clinical services at TNAA, one of the fastest-growing healthcare traveler agencies in the country. With more than 20 years in the healthcare industry, her professional career includes tenure in bedside nursing at a level-one trauma ICU, service as an RN paralegal, and work in rapid response staffing.
In 2013, Jill joined TNAA and brought a unique skill set combining one-to-one clinician care, risk mitigation, and policy management. She is responsible for building TNAA’s clinical department to its full functionality and leads a team of more than a dozen people, including clinicians and referencing specialists who support thousands of healthcare travelers. She is involved at every step of an assignment’s creation and placement, ensuring that each assignment meets the facility’s needs and the traveler’s goals.
Jill, who also holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare sciences, joined NATHO in 2015 and was appointed vice-chair in 2021. She is also a member of The Joint Commission. Currently, Jill lives in Colorado with her husband, her two children, and their dogs. In her free time, she enjoys beautiful Colorado outdoors as she boats and skis with her family.
Brandy Pinkerton serves as Travel Nurse Mentor for TNAA, one of the country’s fastest-growing healthcare traveler companies. With over 18 years in the healthcare industry, her professional career included tenure in Neonatal and Pediatric ICU nursing at one of the county’s top Children’s hospitals. She was also a traveling nurse and multi-recipient of the Daisy Award, preceptor to new staff and students. She has been a member of several councils throughout her career. She most recently served as a Pediatric Flight Nurse before onboarding in her new role with TNAA.
Brandy loves connecting with other nurses considering traveling or who are already tenured travel nurses to help them have the best possible experience and serve as a mentor to them throughout every step of the process. With her friendly, personable attitude and varied experience, she can establish a relationship with other nurses to help them be successful in their endeavors. Brandy will tell you her only regret in travel nursing was she wished she had started sooner. She hopes to help other nurses feel comfortable taking “the leap” to this exciting, rewarding profession!
Brandy is a Texas native but now spends her time divided between Texas and North Western Montana. She is an avid traveler, hiker, and outdoor enthusiast. On her days off, you will likely catch her on Glacier National Park and other National Parks trails.
Brittany Garcia: Brittany has been a nurse for ten years, most of her time spent in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Nursing is her second career; her first bachelor’s degree is in Biomedical Sciences, where she helped research ethanol fuel production. Brittany attended the University of Miami’s Accelerated BSN program and began her nursing career in the PICU at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Texas. During her time there, she received her Certified Pediatric Nurse credential. Brittany spent about half of her professional career traveling the country with her family as a TNAA travel nurse and earned her Pediatric Critical Care Certified Nurse credential. While traveling, she had the opportunity to work in some of the most prestigious children’s hospitals like Boston Children’s, Seattle Children’s, Arkansas Children’s, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Along the way, Brittany also gained experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Cardiovascular ICU, Pediatric Urgent Care, and General Pediatrics. Brittany’s passion for nursing and travel has most recently led her to a position within TNAA’s internal Clinical Department, where she looks forward to being a resource for travel healthcare professionals across the industry. She is also working in the PICU at a local children’s hospital to maintain her skills and relevance to the travelers.