April Travel Nurse of the Month: Jennifer M.
Name: Jennifer M.
City, State: Bronx/NYC, NY
How’d you get into travel nursing?
Ever since my 2nd year as a nurse, I’ve always wanted to try travel nursing. At that time though I had two very young (preschool) aged children and didn’t want to spend any time away from them. Fast forward to 2016, my children are now teenagers and I have been a nurse for 12 years (wow time has flown)! The opportunity to embark on my first travel assignment sort of just fell in my lap, and my children were the first ones to encourage me to try it! So I did!
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What’s the best part about traveling?
I have worked in the same hospital/unit for the last 12 years. By far, traveling has allowed me to see how another hospital/unit gets things done. I have met some really wonderful nurses, doctors and other members of the healthcare team. It has brought me out of my shell and comfort zone, and more than anything it has shown me that as nurses we never stop learning.
You meet a first-time traveler in the Bronx/NYC area, which restaurant is a must for them to try?
There are so many restaurants in the area, but my favorite by far is Junior’s in Brooklyn. They have the most amazing cheesecake in the world!
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What’s the best part about the Bronx/NYC area?
I would have to say the people and the New York vibe in general. New York is a lot of hustle and bustle. New Yorkers are always on their way to somewhere (by the way there are trains, buses and taxis to just about anywhere you need to go). The people are funny, smart and they tell you like it is! I like that.
Any advice for other travelers?
First take a deep breath, then tell yourself “I’ve got this”, then jump in!
Find a friend or two, be a friend to someone, and in no time at all, you will find out just how much you have in common with others. You don’t know it all, no matter how many years of experience you have, remember that and you will come away with a richer experience.
How do you compare Axis to other travel companies?
Well, this was my first assignment and my first travel company. That initially caused me some anxiety because of the newness of the entire experience. However, God blessed me and sent me the most amazing recruiter. He knew what I needed and He said, “Jen, I got you don’t worry”. Alisha Rourk took such great care of me. She answered all one thousand of my questions, quickly and accurately. She always followed through on every one of her commitments to me, she kept in touch during my assignment and I always knew she was just a text or phone call away. That gave this first-time traveler a lot of peace of mind!
I’m so grateful for the experience and glad I chose Axis and Alisha!
Congrats Jennifer! You’re a true Rock Star!
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