Monica was born with a congenital heart defect. Nurses were the people who gave her shots, IV’s, and disgusting medicine. She never wanted to be one of those people. But when her 1st child was born at 27 weeks, she saw a different side of the profession. They were healers, teachers, and they offered her so much support and encouragement. When her son left the NICU 85 days later, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.
After staying home with him for a year, she enrolled in Nursing school to become an LPN and graduated in 2005. She worked in acute care on a Hematology/ Oncology unit and immediately went back to school to become an RN, but life as a military spouse meant moving throughout the country and restarting new nursing programs. She worked in pediatric home healthcare for several years before completing her AAS in Nursing in 2013. After relocating to Texas when her husband left active duty, she returned to acute care as a telemetry nurse. However, she never forgot what brought her into nursing.
As soon as possible, she transferred to the Newborn nursery and eventually went on to become a level III NICU nurse in 2016. Caring for premature babies has given her purpose and years of joy! She has found her calling and thoroughly enjoys every moment no matter how busy and crazy her day may be. She works hard to ensure that her patients are taken care of while also educating, supporting, and encouraging their worried parents. She feels blessed to be able to provide care to these little miracles.
What has been your favorite location for travel nursing so far and why?
San Antonio have been a great experience, seeing how different facilities/ practitioners handle similar problems has been an eye opening experience.
What is your favorite thing about travel nursing (the experience, locations, training, etc.)?
The experience and being able to ensure her patients are taken care of while being able to encourage their worried parents.
What advice can you give others who are interested in travel nursing?
The best advice I can offer to anyone interested in travel nursing is to take a realistic view of your life, your portability and your finances before taking an assignment, so that you don’t run into insurmountable issues after you’ve committed to an assignment. These facilities need nurses who are dependable to ensure the patients are taken care of.
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