Stability recruiter, Brittney, spoke to one of our Stability nurses, Anne Marie S., who is currently working as a Postpartum/Mother-Baby RN in San Diego, CA. Read about her experiences as a Stability nurse and how travel nursing has changed her life.
When did you start being a travel nurse?
Jan 2018 was my first experience as a traveler with Stability Healthcare.
Why did you want to be a nurse in the first place?
I came from a family of healthcare providers, naturally I wanted to help people and wanted to follow in their footsteps. My mom and grandmother were both nurses!
Where did you start out being a nurse and in what departments?
Haverville, MA as a Med Surg/Tele RN.
Why did you decide to be a traveling nurse?
Initially, I wanted to get away from the winter of New England. Now that I’ve been to San Diego, I can’t wait to explore and discover new places. It’s such a great opportunity. I don’t want to be the one who says I wish I did it. I am living my dream and absolutely love this opportunity.
Tell me the absolute best day you’ve ever had as a traveling nurse.
My favorite experience so far has been at Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, CA! It’s my happy place, so peaceful and tranquil.
Explain in a few sentences some of the things you have been able to do as travel nurses that you would have never been able to do if you had stayed where you were.
Hollywood studios, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Kayaking in La Jolla, San Diego Zoo, amazing hiking, arial yoga, beaches galore! My bucket list is so long and every time I cross things off, I find something new to add. As far as the financial aspect, planning international trips is huge for me. I have a trip planned to go island hopping in Greece this summer. Also, being able to fly home has been so great – I wouldn’t be able to fly home on a staff RN salary. One of my fears going into traveling was that I’d miss my family, but with the money I’m making, I can fly home and see my family every couple of months.
How has travel nursing helped you fulfill some dreams?
It’s helped me learn to live lightly, travel often, explore and embrace every new city and opportunity. I was able to detox and get rid of so much extra stuff that I had back at home. I now fit all of my belongings in my car and have no stress about leaving things behind.
What destinations have you been to and where do you hope to go in the future?
I’ve been to San Diego so far — two travel assignments at UCSD. I would love to see Colorado, Hawaii, Miami, and Las Vegas. The opportunities are endless.
How long do you think you will be a traveling nurse and why?
I love the lifestyle… When I first started, I just wanted to work 3 months and go home. After getting settled in San Diego, I realized traveling was my passion and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I will be traveling for years to come, it’s so easy to just pick up and go explore. I love this wanderlust nurse life of mine, not only do I get to work at amazing facilities, I get to experience all that these beautiful cities have to offer.
Does this sound like a lifestyle you want to live? Check out our current job postings and reach out to your trusted Stability recruiter for more information!