Travel Spotlight: OR Nurse Celia

by Carmela Nazareno on March 1, 2016

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After spending 19 years as a certified surgical technologist, our featured traveler Celia decided it was time to take the leap into nursing. And now five years later as an operating room nurse, her passion for making lives better for patients is still as strong as ever. Celia talks to us about her most recent travel assignment with Soliant — one that led her to the beautiful Sonoran Desert in Tucson, Arizona.

It was Celia’s first time traveling to Tucson, AZ and, soon enough, she realized there was much natural beauty to be discovered in this diverse desert town. It was here that Celia was able to cross off one of her bucket list items: the Grand Canyon.
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Travel Spotlight Q&A: IR/ICU RN Annie

by Carmela Nazareno on February 19, 2016

Traveler-Spotlight-HeaderIf you’ve ever been away from home, you’ve likely felt the sense of freedom from being in a different place. For most of us, a vacation is our only dedicated time for traveling. Then there are those who have dedicated their entire careers to traveling and exploring unfamiliar places. Take Annie P., a Soliant Interventional Radiology nurse, who is about to embark on her sixth healthcare travel adventure. That’s right — sixth! Even more impressive, she’s heavily involved in training for a triathlon despite her busy work and play schedule. As our featured traveler, Annie shares in-depth glimpses into life on the road and how it has changed her outlook on life.  [click to continue…]

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True Happiness

by Christy Trujillo on February 12, 2016

Like many other couples, Roy and Connie Hernandez met at work. They were both teachers and quickly bonded over their love for their profession. They have spent forty years in education, in one form or another. Currently, they work as Speech Language Pathologists traveling in an RV throughout the great state of New Mexico. Speech on wheels, as they call it. They also happen to be two of the happiest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with.

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As a married gal myself, I was immediately intrigued by the story of these two travelers. Married folks? In confined spaces? Happy? But when I asked them to describe the impact traveling has had on their relationship, Roy replied with exuberance,

“Oh, it’s been an extremely positive experience. We are able to share so much – conversing about our day and picking each other’s brains. We have so much in common and so much to talk about!

“This is extremely rewarding, Roy added. “Once while working in Bloomfield, one of the children with down syndrome refused to start her day until she gave Mr. Roy a hug. Those things stick with you, in your heart, and make everything worthwhile.”

And then it hit me. Not only are these two crazy kids in love, but they are in love with their life. What a concept, right? To be in love with your life. Love comes in many different forms, but Roy and Connie taught me that to find true happiness you must first love yourself, you must first be in love with your life. [click to continue…]

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Last year, Cynthia was a perm nurse who was dissatisfied with her daily routine. She came across an interesting Facebook post by Andy Millete, a Soliant Nursing Recruiter, regarding an exciting opportunity. “I wanted to work at a hospital that would teach me how to be a nurse in Interventional Radiology,” Cynthia explained. She decided to take a chance and go for it. Andy told Cynthia about an available position in Kansas City, which raised some concern for the beach lover. “I wasn’t sure about going to the region, but once I got there it was so pretty,” Cynthia said.

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Travel Spotlight: Locum Tenens Physician Dr. Justin

by Paige Johnsen on January 7, 2016

physician travel jobsSoliant travel healthcare professionals have the flexibility and freedom to experience places they have never seen before all while receiving excellent benefits, great pay and job security.

One of our locum tenens physicians, Dr. Justin, had the opportunity to explore North Central Montana during his locum tenens travel assignment at Indian Health Service in Fort Belknap, Montana. Dr. Justin worked in the outpatient clinic and dealt with chronic and acute health issues. With so many types of healthcare environments and sizes available to travel healthcare professionals, it can be hard to decide the next ideal career move. With Soliant, you will have the opportunity to work in different settings, which may help you decide your field focus and build your career. For Dr. Justin, becoming a locum tenens physician was an appealing option to figure out the type of medicine he wanted to practice. [click to continue…]

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In our ‘Nursing Blog of the Month’ feature, every month we introduce a new blog that we enjoy reading and know you will too. This month we feature Brock Anderson from Mightynurse.com. 

Mighty Nurse is a support website which empowers nurses in a world that takes advantage of their unrelenting support for humanity, kindness and skills.

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Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse? I’ve always enjoyed helping people and what better way to help people than pursuing a career in Nursing?! I’ve been in the nursing industry for close to 10 years now.

What inspired you to start blogging?

The healthcare industry is always evolving and over the years I’ve witnessed a lot of changes in the technology space. I think that the healthcare industry was behind on modern technology for so many years, and it’s just now starting to play catch up. I first started blogging when I was in nursing school and realized that there were hardly any sites that empowered Nurses online. So I started blogging about anything and everything related to Nursing.

What can our readers expect to find on your blog? And is there anything they can get involved with?

Mightynurse.com is full of resources for Nurses and Nursing students. We even have stuff for retired Nurses! We have everything from personal nursing stories, to forums, to NCLEX prep material, to nurse cartoons and much more! Our website is a place for the entire nursing community so there‘s a lot for any Nurse to do to get involved on our site.  We encourage nurses to send us their personal stories (http://www.mightynurse.com/contribute-to-mighty-nurse/) and invite people to browse around our forum boards (http://www.mightynurse.com/ask-a-nurse-forums/)

How do you think the public perception of what nurses do compares to the reality of the job?

The view the media portrays of Nurses cracks me up. A majority of the time TV shows and movies are almost the exact opposite of what being a Nurse is actually like. Being a Nurse is tough work! It takes a lot of schooling and knowledge to obtain that Nursing license and I think the media often overlooks that.

Finally, is there one piece of advice you would give to a nurse at the start of their nursing career?

Just like anything in life, the start is always the hardest. There will be days when you second guess yourself and consider giving up. Every Nurse goes through that and you’re not alone. Just keep in the mind the end reward and make time to take care of yourself. I think Dory from Finding Nemo said it best “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”

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