Recruiter Spotlight: Lynna Nguyen, Resident Rock Star
Many of you know Lynna from your conversations with her ranging from our open travel gigs across the nation, to coordinating care packages she delivers (often times in person), chatting about on-boarding documents to the best happy hour spots in some of our most popular destinations. But there’s so much more to her than that. Let’s get to know her better now!
- What are some hobbies or interests you have outside of work?
Traveling, eating, and annoying my fiancé. Honestly, when I travel, I do so for the food. Yeah scenery is nice too but really, give me something I can’t find in Seattle that tastes good and I’m all in! I’ve been annoying my fiancé every day for the 10 years we’ve been together so I think, technically, I can call that a profession and not just a hobby. I’m sure he super appreciates that!
- It’s a Friday night in Seattle, and you must pick one restaurant to go to. Where do you go and why?
The Burgundian in Tangletown. My best friend just introduced this spot to me last month and I can’t get enough. Order their chicken and waffles and I’ll forward her your thanks. Absolutely to die for and the drinks aren’t half bad either! I’m partial to the gin and tonic myself, but seriously you can’t go wrong.
- What do you like most about Seattle?
It’s a great mix of everything. Within Seattle you’ll find suburbia, college rowdiness, and hipster nightlife. A short drive away you’ll hit water, islands, and great hikes. Not so much into the hiking myself but the IG pics I see are breathtaking ;). Every day could be different if you want it to be. It’s a great city to explore by yourself or with a group. There’s a little for everyone.
- Best vacation you have ever taken?
For relaxation, Punta Mita, just outside of Puerto Vallarta, MX. Hands down! The resort we stayed in was amazing and you just can’t beat a week of doing nothing and being spoiled by endless food and drink. With our friends, Whistler. The resort town is a mix of people from all over the world and you definitely don’t need to be into snow sports to have a good time. The exchange rate doesn’t hurt either haha!
- If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I mentioned I like to travel, right? So since the question doesn’t specifically limit me to one choice I’ll give you many! Italy, Greece, Croatia, Maldives, South Africa, Antarctica (yeah, that last one threw you for a loop didn’t it)? Italy and Greece are very food driven choices. The next three seem like beautiful places to explore and relax. Antarctica is in here because I feel like I should make up for the fact that I do annoy my partner so much. I’d suck it up and deal with the cold to give him the opportunity to hang out with all types of penguins in their natural habitat. Yeah I’ll give him that one and just win life after that.
- Dog or Cat person?
Is that a real question? Have you met cats? Dogs…dogs always. Cats and I don’t get along.
- I’m happiest when:
I’m doing nothing. In theory, I’d love to live this fantastical life and see the world but, in actuality, human interaction exhausts me and on most days, I’d like nothing more than Chipotle, a good margarita, and my laptop. Door closed, lights off, blinds drawn. Heaven. Yes, nurse friends, that’s real life, as shocking as that sounds if you’ve gotten to know me. I love you all, we’re great friends, and we laugh, but just know, if I could quit my job and sit in a library reading about medical mysteries with a lifetime supply of margaritas and tacos, you’d never hear from me again. That’s what’s going on in this recruiter’s brain. Again, I love you, but ya know…a girl can dream lol.
- What are three things you couldn’t live without?
My fiancé (soon-to-be husband, person, friend, rock…idk lifeforce)? He keeps me grounded and has the patience of a Tibetan monk. I’m a lot…one might even venture to say I’m extra, but he knows how to communicate with me and bring me back down to earth so yeah…he’s a good one.
Non-sappy stuff? My laptop and my onesie, the one with soft footies, not the footless ones. I’ll direct you back to question #7 for the reasoning there.
- You win a $5k shopping spree to a store of your choice. Which one is it?
Anthropologie or Nordstrom. I used to work at Anthro so I have an attachment to the Urban Brand (Anthro, Free People, Urban, Terrain). However, the practical side of me says Nordstrom because you can buy everything there, including Free People.
- Hike, bike or run?
- Facebook, Instagram or Snap?
- Coachella or SXSW?
- What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
There was that one time at a company holiday party…but ummm we can bypass that one. Aside from being way too happy to celebrate another year with the work fam, I’d say this job in general. It’s not easy to put yourself out there on such public platforms and take the good with the bad. Yeah it’s not skydiving, or adrenaline rushing, but check #7 again, I’m not an adrenaline junkie haha. I’m reserved when it comes to interactions outside of my family and friends so giving thousands of people free reign to stalk and judge me is pretty nuts.
- Biggest Fear?
Instability. I need control of everything, if not control, at least the illusion of control. I haven’t been without a job or without a plan since I started thinking about my future at 16. Every plan had at least 2 other back up plans. I knew I could never handle being unemployed or drifting, not knowing what lights a fire in me. If I don’t have some sort of purpose or goal, with a concrete plan of attack, the days are hard.
- What’s playing on your Pandora right now?
Honestly no idea. I just looked at my phone and my current playlist has Sam Smith, Migos, Kendrick, Beyoncé, John Legend, Drake, Odesza, and Alison Wonderland on it. It changes constantly. I like a bit of everything. If I can dance off beat to it and kind of sing along, I’ll probably end up digging it eventually.
- What are you currently watching on Netflix?
I don’t think I’m watching anything on Netflix. Currently keeping up with Silicon Valley and Billions on HBO and This is Us on Hulu. I mostly use Netflix to rewatch The Office, Parks and Rec, Friends, etc.
- Favorite movie of all time?
P.S. I love You…yeah, yeah, judge me…
What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
Boy Meets World or Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
- You recruit Travel Nurses for assignments throughout the country. What’s your favorite part about your job?
My people. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the best people ever. I’m ok knowing that I’m not everyone’s cup of tea. It doesn’t hurt my feelings when someone tells me “no” or chooses not to respond to me anymore. I get it…I’ll take the hint…we just don’t mesh. In fact, I tell them straight out of the gate to please tell me, “no” when applicable. By doing that, the people that tell me, “yes,” have become some of my greatest friends all around the nation. The job is more than linking a nurse to a hospital, the relationships are super important to me. The list of states I can go to now where I have a couch to crash on is surprisingly long and I’m proud of that!
- How would your Travel Nurses describe you?
Hard-working, personable, responsive, knowledgeable and honest. At least I’d hope so.
Everyone who works with me gets 30-60 minutes of my time, up front, to discuss all the ins and outs of travel, to discuss Axis, and everything they want out of travel. Then they get my cell number, because for whatever reason, they can’t seem to get enough.
Yes, sometimes that means 2 am calls and texts because of different time zones…yeah if you’re reading this you know who you are. I wouldn’t ever change it though because in turn, my Travel Nurses work really hard for me and want to stay with me. Any recruiter will tell you loyalty and retention are the most priceless rewards in this industry.
- If you could offer one piece of advice to a Travel Nurse, what would it be?
Over-communicate. A lot of our relationship is over the phone or via email. My goal is meet every one of my team members in person, but until that day, a lot of what we do is virtual. Virtual means a lot of down time where we’re not talking, interpreting body language, reading facial expressions or even tone, so you have to help me a little here. What are your concerns? Hesitations? Fears? Budget even. Has something changed? The more I know, the more I can help or find materials to help!
- What do you like best about working at Axis?
The people! Also, the freedom to really find my place in the company. You’re not going to find a more laid back and fun group of people to work with. We work hard and play harder…yeah that one holiday party. On top of that, I’m independent. Anyone in my life will tell you I don’t do well with rules or being micro-managed. I enjoy controlling the course of my career in my own way. My bosses have given me the templates they believe lead to success. Truthfully, I’ve tossed out some, but have tweaked others to best fit me. It’s a great place to be that encourages a lot of professional growth and creativity.
While we’re unsure about P.S. I Love You (okay, okay – it’s pretty good), we’re so happy to share with you what is all very clear to us here at Axis: she’s an absolute Rock Star.
Thanks, Lynna! We are beyond lucky to have you as part of the Axis family.
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