February Traveler of the Month: Cassandra S.
Name: Cassandra S.
City: Seattle, WA
Specialty: CVICU, ICU RN
Month: February 2015
We asked our February traveler of the month Cassandra a few questions. Get to know our current rockstar!
How’d you get into travel nursing?
I have always wanted to do travel nursing. I was married though and had two pets so I thought it would never happen. But then my husband’s job changed to become a flexible work from home job and so I took advantage of the situation to get out of Kansas and see some of the rest of the country.
What’s the best part about traveling?
I have loved all my experiences with Travel Nursing. I love getting to experience the vibe of each city rather than being there for a week as a tourist. It gives you a great opportunity to see more and experience more while not going broke.
You meet a first time traveler in Seattle, which restaurant is a must try for them?
There are so many good restaurants here in Seattle, it’s so difficult to pick just one. Leschoso (downtown) is pretty amazing. They have the best grilled octopus, which sounds crazy to try, but trust me it’s fabulous! Seattle has lots of great Seafood (obviously). Take advantage of it while you’re here — get great sushi, get fresh salmon, and if you like fish and chips — go to Chippy’s down in the Ballard neighborhood.
What’s the best part about Seattle?
There’s so much to do here in this city. If you want to just stay in the city there are so many neighborhoods & great restaurants to explore. There are lots of great FUN museums to visit. They also have the ballet, the opera, improv, comedy, burlesque, and musicals going on all the time. If you want to get out of the city you have the lakes, the ocean, the forest, and the mountains all around you to go out and explore. And if you have your passport, Canada is just a few hours away.
Any advice for other travelers?
Be flexible and be a team player. Hospitals that hire travel nurses usually have been understaffed for a while and they aren’t perfect (no hospital is). If you go in and complain about what’s not perfect, you’re not going to do yourself any favors and you will alienate yourself from the staff. Be kind, do a good job, and help others out and you will make friends right away AND make your work environment a much better place. Do speak up if it’s a patient safety/patient care related issue.
How do you compare Axis to others travel companies?
Axis is excellent. The recruiters really care about the staff they hire and will go out of their way to help you out with your needs. I’ve worked with a couple of other companies and Axis is by far the best. When you call someone will always pick up the phone and talk to you. If your specific recruiter is out of the office or on another line, they will call you back. My recruiter Nicole helped get me in touch with other travelers in the Portland area when I took a contract with them there, and then did the same thing when moving here to Seattle. They are by far the best out there!