Traveler of the Month: Mary B!
Name: Mary B.
City, State: Bellevue, WA
1. How did you get into travel nursing?
Coming from an Air Force family, traveling is something I’m familiar with and always found myself hoping to get back into. After being full time staff at a few different hospitals, I knew that travel bug wasn’t going to stop, and what better way to see the country getting paid to do it.
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2. What’s the best part about traveling?
Although this is my first travel contract, I know it will not be the last. On top of getting to see different parts of the country, both on assignment and on road trips, this has given me the opportunity to expand on my previous skill set by learning new systems and hospital flows. It allows me to see how different units do things, and choose the best of them to carry on with me to future assignments.
3. You meet a first-time traveler in the Bellevue area, which restaurant is a must for them to try?
The Mountaineering Club has been my go-to spot to bring any family/friends that visit. It’s located at the top of the Graduate Hotel and has the most ridiculous views of the city. Of course, they also offer amazing cocktails, which never hurts. The Beach House Bar and Grill in Kirkland is a close second. It’s located right on the water, and has a delicious brunch menu.
4. What’s the best part about the Bellevue area?
The vicinity to everything without having to fight the Seattle traffic. I was worried moving here, without ever having been to Seattle, that I would spend a lot of my time worried about the commute to and from the hospital. Choosing to live in Bellevue has made my commute short and sweet and I can hop over to Seattle easily on my days off to do more exploring.
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5. Any advice for other travelers?
We go into this industry to care for others, and make sure they’re well being is always top priority. Traveling has taught me to also take time for myself, and do things that I love and make me happy. Being away from family and friends can make you feel isolated at times, so it’s important to plan things for yourself. Thankfully we live in a time where communication has been made easier – whether it’s Facetime, Zoom, or just messaging, keeping in contact with those you love can make an assignment feel a little more like home.
6. What do you like best about working with Axis?
Definitely the support. As I mentioned, this is my first ever travel assignment, and that can be a very daunting task to take on. Charity, my recruiter, has been so informative and quick to message me back on my millions of emails. I feel like they were excited to invite me into their travel nurse family and, as evidenced by this, are constantly recognizing their nurses for going above and beyond. I’m very proud and fortunate to be a part of the Axis family.
Congrats Mary! We’re so glad you joined the Axis team! 🙂
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