#MyAndersAdventure: Hayley & Matthew!

Name: Hayley & Matt

Modality: ER RN

Month/Year Joined Anders Group: 05/2020

 

What do you like about working with Anders Group?

We enjoyed taking an assignment with Anders Group because our recruiter and compliance staff were great at communication. This is huge with travel nursing as a lot of the prework for the job is email/telephone. The pay we received was competitive and they reimbursed a good amount for travel, etc. 

 

Why do you love your recruiter?

Our recruiter was Anthony and we had such a wonderful experience! He was quick at responding to questions and troubleshooting any issues. He also was very personable and we feel like he cared about us as people and not just as part of his job. 

What made you get into traveling?

To see the US! My husband and I are both ED nurses so we thought why not travel together. We enjoy being able to spend several months in an area versus just visiting for a week of vacation. It allows us get to know the area, make friends, and gives us incredible experience to different ways of doing nursing. 

 

So far, what has been your favorite assignment location while working with us and why?

Ooh that’s a tough one. Each place we’ve been has it’s own set of unique people, experiences, and work vibe. Pros and cons all across the board- our most unique assignment was in the US Virgin Islands on the island of St Croix. Amazing island with a beautiful cultural experience. 

Where are some dream locations that you’d love to work in?

We would love to go back to Washington, California is always amazing, Colorado, Montana, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Maine.

 

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

There’s a lot we love but the best part is being able to explore the area and meet new people. We love connecting with others and making friends wherever we go. 

What were some struggles you’ve faced while traveling?

One of the biggest things we’ve struggled with is consistency and a community of people. There is rarely any sort of routine to this life. And while our favorite thing is the new exploration and meeting people, it can be equally exhausting to constantly be the “new kid” at work. And we are pretty active people so being in a new place all the time- it feels like we’re on a never ending vacation to do something fun on every day off. That’s our choice though 😉  

 

Do you have any crazy “while on assignment” stories for us? Please Share!

I literally cannot list all the crazy things that have happened to us while travel nursing. We have a knack for attracting ridiculously bad luck or something. One of my favorite stories was when we found a stray cat under our bed 3 days after we’d moved into our Airbnb in the USVI. When we moved in, the doors were opened and there was a hole in the screen. We shut the doors/windows and turned on the AC when we got there. It woke me up 3 nights later purring under our bed. We couldn’t get it out in the middle of the night so we went back to bed. I mean it hadn’t jumped up on us the last three days! We eventually caught it and returned it outside the next morning. 

What are some items on your must have list when packing for an assignment?

I’m not sure there’s anything specific other than what you’d normally take to work…comfortable clothes for you days off!

 

If you met someone that was considering travel, what pearls of wisdom would you give them?

The biggest piece of advice to new travelers would be this: go with the flow. You’re not going to change a hospital system in 3 months. Your job is to be trained in one shift and quickly blend into the culture of the department because they are short staffed. You must be adaptable, hard working, and quick to learn. You’d think nursing would just be nursing but there are a lot of differences at each facility and when you don’t know- ask! I’m sure we’ve just been lucky but we’ve been welcomed all the places we have worked and you just have to ask for help if you need it. The first day jitters don’t ever go away (at least for me!) 

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