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.
Cynthia had the opportunity to learn a new skill and experience a city she didn’t know much about. Cynthia immediately fell in love with the architecture surrounding the new city she called home (for the next 13 weeks anyway). “You may not know this interesting fact unless you’ve traveled to Kansas City, but it’s known as the city of fountains,” Cynthia explained.
Cynthia was able to catch a Royals game and was fortunate enough to be in Kansas when the Royals won the 2015 World Series. “When the Royals won the World Series, they turned all the fountains blue. The whole city came together during that time. That was the most memorable part of my stay,” she reminisced.
For Cynthia, working at a state-of-the-art hospital made it worth staying in Kansas City. “There was so much teamwork between the techs and nurses. Everyone was so cohesive that I never felt like I was a traveler coming through. I was part of the family and team,” Cynthia expressed.
The most positive experience from Cynthia’s travels was working with a young woman who was diagnosed with terminal cancer a few weeks after she graduated high school. The young woman was going in for a procedure and could not stop crying. Cynthia held her and she began to calm down. The father stared in amazement and told Cynthia this was the first time she stopped crying in weeks. “I don’t care how many people have to go ahead of us,” Cynthia told the father. She held the young woman for 20 minutes until she was ready to go in for the procedure.
Most family members aren’t able to go back to the operating room, but Cynthia was able to quickly arrange for the father to go back with his daughter. “I never thought I wanted to be involved with cancer patients, but meeting people in all stages and celebrating new treatments is rewarding. I make it light because people are so scared,” Cynthia shared.
She makes patients laugh and calms their nerves before a big procedure by saying, “It’s time to put on your party cap! That’s your ticket to go back there!” Cynthia’s patients thank her for making the procedure better than what they imagined. She is thankful and grateful to be part of someone’s life.
“Kansas is cutting edge. People come from hours away to get treatment,” Cynthia explained. Her experience in Kansas was so positive that she wants to continue working in Interventional Radiology. She realizes the difference she makes spending just a few hours with patients. She’s able to ease them into the procedure and make their day better. “It’s nice to take their minds off what they are doing for a little while,” Cynthia said.
Cynthia’s decision to become a nurse is an impressive story and definitely one-of-a-kind. Before Cynthia went to school for nursing, she raised her children full-time. Her daughter began looking at colleges to attend and it made Cynthia start to wonder if she could go to college too. Her daughter said, “Come on, Mom, let’s go!” Cynthia didn’t take the idea too seriously, but let the dream marinate in her mind. She told a friend at work that she was entertaining the idea of going back to school, but never thought her husband would be okay with it. Her friend asked, “What’s the hold up? Go home tonight and tell him what’s on your mind.”
Cynthia arrived home that night to discuss the idea with her husband who supported her decision all the way. Cynthia and her daughter enrolled in college together and a few years later her son joined them too. “Not many mothers can say they attended college with their children. I’m a blessed mama,” Cynthia shared.
Now Cynthia’s daughter is a NICU Nurse and her son is an ER Nurse. It’s true: the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
Being a Soliant Health Travel Nurse has changed Cynthia’s life in ways she never thought were possible. “My recruiter, Andy Millete, is always there for me 24/7. If I have a problem, he resolves it for me. He’s always looking for the best assignments for me. He always fights for me when things aren’t right. When things are good, he’s my biggest cheerleader. Andy knows my goals for the future and sets up assignments that align with my goals. Soliant Health always has my back and my paychecks are always on time, which is a very important thing,” Cynthia expressed.
Cynthia would go back to Kansas City for an assignment, but she’s also hoping to get a beach assignment. “This beach girl wants some water. I’m hoping to get to California one day,” Cynthia revealed.
Cynthia has notable advice for perm nurses considering travel nursing: “Most assignments are only 13 weeks. You can do anything for 13 weeks! It will change your life. You can meet people and see places you may not have the chance to ever see. Sometimes it’s like being on a working vacation,” Cynthia explained.
Cynthia works three days a week and she’s a full-time student online at the University of Texas Arlington for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. When Cynthia made the switch to travel nursing, she decided to start a blog to share her travel adventures. Her friends, family and colleagues wanted to see what she experienced along her journey. “It started out with 10-20 people then they shared my blog with others and it’s continuing to grow. I always try to keep it positive and encourage someone else to try travel nursing,” Cynthia said.
Cynthia downsized from a 2,400 square foot home to a 23-foot RV when she became a travel nurse. “When you go from being a staff nurse to travel, you stop living for things and you start living for experiences. You open your eyes and you see the world around you. I’ve gotten to play golf everywhere I go, meet new people and I learned how to paddle board,” she shared. Cynthia is the proud owner of a blowup paddle board and she tests the waters wherever she goes. Though she’s only been a travel nurse for a year, it’s been quite an exciting year for her. We look forward to sharing more of Cynthia’s travel adventures with you and we hope her story encourages you to look into travel nursing opportunities with your Soliant Health Recruiter!