Meet Renee from This Won’t Hurt a Bit. I’ve been following her blog for at least a year now and she is one of the sweetest bloggers that I know — and quite a busy one!! She decided to take up travel nursing in 2012, so I followed her journey from Mississippi to California! How exciting for her! She was also my first blate when she visited Atlanta Labor Day weekend last year! If you’re interested in her adventures on the west coast, what it’s like being a nurse for your day (or night, in her case) job, or looking for a little southern hospitality in a fun blog, head on over to love on Renee! (Though stick around here for a while to read more about Renee and then enter to win $50 to one of her favorite stores, Sephora!)
What drew you into a nursing career?
The first thing that drew me into a nursing career was the fact that I could go to school for two years after my pre-requisites and then have a legit career with many different options as to what to do. Teaching nursing, working in a hospital or a clinic, advancing my degree and getting my Nurse Practitioner degree. There are just so many options.
Why travel nursing?
The allure of being able to travel and see different sights is what made me want to do travel nursing in the first place. Along with the fact that you make more money usually. That always helps. Also, being able to travel and work at the same time makes a difference as well.
What have you learned from being a nurse? (Or from travel nursing.)
I’ve learned many things from nursing. Now if only my night-shift fried brain can think of them. I’ve learned that you need to have conversations with family and loved ones about end of life wishes before that time comes and the time passes. You should cherish time on earth generously because you never know when it will end. Burnout in the ICU setting can happen to anyone and it can make you lose compassion.
What are some of your goals/plans for 2013?
Goals for 2013… Renew my passport. Eat better, more fruits and veggies. Attempt juicing. Take more time to comment on blog posts I love. Small things but accomplishable things.
What did you learn from 2012?
I learned that people may walk out of your life for a reason but you have to let that go and let them go in order to move on. No matter how hard it may be. I also learned to take chances and leap with both feet in because the results may be wonderful despite the fear that can come with chances and leaps. 🙂
What was it like driving from Mississippi to California all by yourself? Were there any highlights from your trip / did you stop and see anything noteworthy?
Umm, it was empowering and slightly scary but so rewarding to know that I am independent enough to not have to rely on anyone else. On the way out to Cali while I was driving by myself I didn’t make any fun stops. Recently when I came back home for a few weeks over the holidays my aunt flew out and then we took our time and had a twelve-day road trip back. We saw Napa Valley, San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas, and Grand Canyon.
Why have you decided to continue travel nursing?
I decided to continue travel nursing after being somewhat homesick and up in the air about it after two assignments. And to be completely honest, I think I just needed to find friends to connect with to feel like this place was a home away from home. No matter where you are you need friends. And so now I have a roommate and I’m not living in a hotel like I did for 6 months so that makes it better too!