Many thanks and congrats to the July 2019 Traveler of the Month, LaShawnda B., and also our Rising Star winner, Heidi N.!
Traveler of the Month LaShawnda is an RN specializing in Long-term Care Management who’s currently on assignment in Kernersville, North Carolina. She’s been in nursing for 14 years and has been traveling for four years. LaShawnda works with Career Consultant Sheila Groff.
“Picking my favorite location is not even possible, so I will say, my most rewarding assignment was in St. Louis, Missouri,” says LaShawnda. “The facility was very challenging and the staff was completely burned out. I wanted to run, but I had a talk with myself. I regrouped and realized this was not just a work ‘assignment.’ I vowed to come into that facility happy, non-judgmental, and pledged to go to brink to do my best. Long story short, I met some awesome people — residents and employees. I would like to think, my dedication and commitment renewed theirs. Facility morale was at an all-time high. The staff that was reportedly ‘not teachable’ were finally understanding what continuity of care meant. I extended too many times to remember. The hardest part, like every assignment, was saying, goodbye.”
Wow, that just goes to show how powerful positivity can be!
LaShawnda travels with Angel, her nine-year-old Maltese/Pomeranian mix pup. Uniquely, she says she hates days off, especially during the week, because unless she’s on vacation they give her anxiety!
“The best things about Travel Nursing are the constant changing and meeting new people, conquering new challenges, and showing the world your gift,” says LaShawnda.
She shared some powerful advice for new or aspiring Travelers:
1. “Always keep an open mind.”
2. “There is no such thing as ‘that’s not my job’ when it comes to residents.”
3. “Never plan to leave on time.”
4. “Always focus on making a difference.”
Thanks so much for your great advice and for making such a positive difference in the world, LaShawnda!
Rising Star Heidi is a PCU/Tele RN who most recently finished an assignment in Michigan.
For about a year, Heidi’s been working with Career Consultant Stephanie Balkovec, who had only amazing things to say about her.
“Heidi is a wonderful, positive, resilient young woman who knocked it out of the park on her first assignment, despite it being a tough start. The facility raved about her flexibility and clinical assets,” says Stephanie.
Thank you for your incredible work ethic, Heidi!
Congratulations again to the Medical Solutions July 2019 Traveler of the Month and Rising Star. LaShawnda and Heidi, we are so thankful to you both for your incredible work!
Could you be the next Medical Solutions Traveler of the Month or Rising Star? Travelers who receive a perfect hospital evaluation are eligible to win these monthly awards — with Rising Star going to newer Medical Solutions Travelers. Click here to learn more and to see if you could be the next winner of a $100 Visa or Amazon gift card as recognition for a job well done!