Congratulations to Republic Travel Nurse, Kristi Houghton!
TRAVEL NURSE OF THE MONTH
Kristi is a PACU Registered Nurse is our Featured Travel Nurse for November 2019. Kristi just finished her assignment in New Hampshire.
We asked Nurse to share her experience and adventures as a Travel Nurse…
How long have you been traveling?
I have been traveling for 1.5 years most recent, but 6 years total.
What has been your favorite city to work in?
My favorite city to take an assignment in was New Orleans.
Why did you choose to become a Travel Nurse?
I became a travel nurse because I have a Gypsy Soul!
What do you love most about being a Travel Nurse?
I love visiting new places, meeting new people, and creating experiences.
Describe your most memorable Travel Nursing Experience.
My first assignment was everything I DIDN’T want. It was the wrong shift, too many days, and Med/Surg unit (I was currently working ICU and Step Down). It was a critical access hospital and I was coming from a Level One Trauma Center.
It was an hour drive from where I was staying… and I ended up LOVING IT! It was a tiny town in Northern California. The hospital was funded and built in 1927 courtesy of Charles S. Howard, the owner of the famous racehorse, “Seabiscuit.” He lost his son in a very serious automobile accident due to lack of a “real” hospital or emergency equipment. This tragedy moved him to donate the funds to construct the hospital, named Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital, after his son.
My co-workers and patients took me in with open arms. The experience totally reaffirmed that I had made the right decision and I have been traveling ever since.
What advice do you have for a first-time traveler?
My advice is go with an open mind and an open heart. Assume everything will be new with each assignment and enjoy the things that end up being familiar.