Compassion Fatigue: Being Human in 2020

This week I considered discussing how orientation at my new facility went or how I’ve settled into my apartment, but I felt the need to discuss something on a more personal note. In the spirit of honesty, and much like most of you, I have struggled to cope with the events that continue to wreakContinue reading “Compassion Fatigue: Being Human in 2020”

Sweet Home Carolina

Rolling hills, broad blue skies, green trees and grasses, friendly faces, comfortable routines, South Carolina has definitely a breath of fresh air after responding to the crisis in New York. Everything moves a little slower, it’s a little hotter, and sweet iced tea is the beverage of choice to cool off on a muggy summerContinue reading “Sweet Home Carolina”

Nursing in chaos and recovery

The light above the door begins to blink as the speaker in the hall starts its sharp unending march of tones. “I got it, you can turn it off,” I shout down the hallway as I push up out of the chair. First is the mask, I feel the straps dig into my cheeks, myContinue reading “Nursing in chaos and recovery”

So what’s a traveling nurse?

When I first decided to start travel nursing, I received a lot of questions from my family and friends. Where was I going? Was I moving and for how long? Would I keep my staff job? What do you mean travel nursing? I didn’t realize how mysterious travel nursing was, and even I had someContinue reading “So what’s a traveling nurse?”

Connecting

Life has been busy the last two weeks. I’ve been working hard here in Long Island alongside these brave men and women. I’ve explored the local park and discovered downtown Westbury. I finally found an apartment with a full kitchen and a washer and dryer in Queens, a luxury in the city. I also happenedContinue reading “Connecting”

First Week

Your first week as a travel nurse looks a little different than your first week at a new staff position. Every new assignment is different, from small details such as your badge to different charting systems that determine the workflow of your shift. After driving 12 hours, checking into my hotel, and grabbing last minuteContinue reading “First Week”