Travel Nurse of the Month – Chloe D!
Name: Chloe D.
City, State: Boston, MA
Month: Jun. 1
1. How’d you get into travel nursing?
I heard about travel nursing in high school and absolutely knew I was destined for it I mean, you get paid to travel, why wouldn’t you do that? I got bit by the travel bug at a very young age and since college have taken an average of 3-5 trips a year. The thing I love most about nursing is jumping in and using your critical thinking skills. I have always been a very quick learner, so travel nursing allows me to gain so much experience and learn what nursing looks like across the country in a very unique way.
2. What’s the best part about traveling?
I think the best part about traveling is the people, both at work and in the community. I feel really lucky to have made wonderful friends here who have shown me their beautiful city. I have learned so much being at a larger teaching hospital, and honestly feel I am a better nurse because of the experiences I have had. Medicine is slightly different depending on where you are so getting to see how things can be done differently and contributing ideas and methods from your own experience has been extremely rewarding. Plus, Boston is just gorgeous, and the seafood is to die for!
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3. You meet a first time travel nurse in the Boston area, which restaurant is a must for them to try?
This is so tough! There are SO many amazing restaurants here and in so many different neighborhoods. For seafood I would recommend The Barking Crab or Leagal Seafood. The North End is crawling with amazing old school Italian places, the wait at Giacomo’s was totally worth it. And in the battle of best cannoli, I would have to say Mikes Pastries has my heart! I take everyone there! In my neighborhood, beacon hill, I would recommend Figs! Then hop over to JP Licks if you saved room for ice cream.
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4. What’s the best part about the Boston area?
I love how versatile Boston is. There are so many neighborhoods that make a big city feel small, and each neighborhood has its own thing that makes it special. Downtown is this crazy cool mix of modern skyscrapers and some of the countries most important historical spots, you literally can shop at TJ MAXX half a block from where they planned the Boston tea party. I also love how easy it is to access the ocean or hiking. Boston’s harbor is beautiful and the beach is a short drive away. The Charles overlooks the city with jaw dropping views from Fenway to Cambridge. The Boston Public Garden is probably one of my favorite places. There is constantly something going on, new things to do, and places to try, yet you don’t feel squashed by the magnitude of this crazy city. They still have some open spaces. The east coast is completely at your fingertips here.
5. Any advice for other travelers?
Get out and explore! Ask your fellow nurses where to go and what you absolutely shouldn’t miss. Then invite them to go with you. Take advantage of your schedule and get a little lost.
If looking at Boston do some research on the neighborhoods when considering housing. I got insanely lucky with my sublet and my neighborhood is simultaneously the most adorable place on the planet and the most conveniently located. I couldn’t have asked for better, and I had no idea what I was getting into. I originally was looking closer to the hospital but I’m so happy to be closer to everything else, the commute to work is a breeze, so don’t be afraid to explore a different neighborhood.
Make friends with other travelers! They’ll do the cheesy touristy stuff with you.
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6. How do you compare Axis to others travel companies?
Axis is the only company I have personally worked for, however, in talking with fellow travelers who use other companies I would say the following:
My recruiter is the best. She is literally available 24/7 and answers my crazy and yes stupid, questions.
In comparison it seems my company advocated more for me than others when extension offers were on the table.
Congrats Chloe! We’re so thrilled to have you on the Axis team!
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