Life on the road as a travel nurse and why I decided to make the shift
I had it all planned out
You couldn’t tell me 10 years ago that becoming a travel nurse was in my future. By the age of 16, I had my entire life planned out (or so I thought).
I imagined the “happily ever after” that so many of us believe will be our story. Am I the only that had that infamous timeline for my life? I laugh at it now because life clearly had different plans for me. I entertained the idea of travel nursing back in 2016. However, the timing just wasn’t right. I knew that adopting this lifestyle wouldn’t necessarily bring me “happiness,” but I needed a change. Badly.
Fast-forward to 2019. Walking away with more life lessons than I bargained for. Traveling did not just give me a change—it gave me the gift of self-discovery that I needed in this season of my life. There are aspects of our lives that we simply can’t plan out. If we’re not flexible enough to receive the inevitable twists and turns, what should be our testimony becomes the reason we’re filled with disappointment, depression, and despair.
Who is the Vintage Traveling Nurse?
When I first began my nursing career, people would make comments about my attire (mostly positive comments). Once I began traveling out of state, my uniform was second nature to me. I did not think twice about what I was wearing when I started my orientation for my travel nursing assignment. Once I arrived to the unit, both my patients and co-workers began to identify me by my “vintage” outfit. Some even talked about how it gave them a feeling of nostalgia because years ago, both in the USA and other outside countries, female nurses were required to wear skirts. To me, it really wasn’t that deep. I had made a simple choice that I would wear a skirt uniform. They began to call me “Nightingale” referencing Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing; in addition to other nicknames such as, “ol school” and “vintage.” I would laugh it off. Beyond what I wore physically, they would make comments about my personality and how my overall persona reminded them of a “real” nurse. The people spoke and I officially adopted the name Vintage Traveling Nurse.
I will be covering relevant topics spanning from nursing, traveling, budgeting, healthy living, mental health, college/career planning, and whatever else I feel will be beneficial to you. It has been quite a journey, and I am anxious to share what I have learned! I have had the pleasure of meeting people along the way that I will feature on here as well. Feel free to join in on the dialogue by sharing your thoughts in the comments section. Thank you for your support and welcome to my corner on the internet, where I hope you will find inspiration and information that you will find useful.
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