Travel Nurse Recap: Albuquerque

Presbyterian Rust Medical Center
in Rio Rancho, New Mexico

The details: 6-8 bed general ICU in a 151-bed hospital in the suburbs of Albuquerque. Floated to Adult ICU and Cardiac Critical Care units at Presbyterian main hospital. Epic used as EMR. On assignment August to October 2016.

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Ah, progress

I should make my blog less about me and more about things like travel nursing in general probably, but I’ll get to that. I’ll start writing posts and store some in the vault so I don’t overwhelm y’all (all 3 of y’all) with a million hundred posts a day. Is this how the blogging thing works?!

But, that’s not what this post will be. Sorry to burst the bubble. Continue reading Ah, progress

Lemon and a pear

I have officially reached the halfway point of my first travel nurse assignment! 7 weeks down, 6 to go. I can’t believe how fast this has gone by!

I have a long list of places I have yet to hit up. It’s crazy how you think you’ll have time to do everything, so you slack off, and then you end up feeling like you didn’t take full advantage of the time spent here.

I don’t really have anything really interesting to say, because it’s 5am, I obviously didn’t sleep as well as I should have before tonight’s shift and I’m slowly dying of exhaustion. Seriously, I just fell asleep on a bench in the locker room for just 5 minutes and I already feel super refreshed. Continue reading Lemon and a pear

Almost 2 weeks down

…and then 11 to go!

I’m almost done with my second week in Albuquerque for my very first travel nurse assignment. It’s been a freaking whirlwind. It came up way sooner then I was expecting. I kept telling myself, meh, whatever, I got all month… And then all of a sudden it was time to leave. Continue reading Almost 2 weeks down

Making the jump

…to travel nursing!

So for those who don’t know, travel nursing is a thing. Nurses work with agencies and take contracts at various hospitals across the US. These contracts are usually 13 weeks long — some are shorter, longer, and sometimes you can extend at the end of your contract. Hospitals need nurses for lots of various reasons, their nurses are all going back to school, nurses on maternity leave, new charting system put in place and people don’t like it so they quit, the Southern states tend to get “snowbirds” in the winter and they need more staff for more patients, winter in general is flu season and hospitals can have a higher number of patients but not enough staff to cover, etc. Continue reading Making the jump