Road Trip for Work and Play


My summer road trip for work and play.  During the month of August ( 30 days) I traveled over 6 thousand miles and into and through 9 states.  I was traveling for business and pleasure (mostly pleasure).  The trip was a road trip and I was traveling alone (except for my fur babies).  As I drove through some of the states I marveled at what this country has to offer.

Each state has interesting sites to visit and made up of many different cultures.  I didn’t get to do much site seeing on this trip but thought about the thousands of nurses traveling to some of these locations.  Travel nurses have the perfect opportunity to enjoy all this country offers.


One of my stops was in northern California in Santa Rosa.  This is where I met with the Wandering Nurses team for a quick meeting.  Santa Rosa was the site of one of the worst forest fires in the nation last year.  I made this town home for almost 30 years and found it hard to see the devastation that they suffered.  While they are starting to rebuild and get back to normal life there is much yet to be done.

Santa Rosa is about 50 miles north of San Francisco and about 13 miles from Bodega Bay on the coast.  You are close to the famous Redwood forest and about a 3 hour ride to lake Tahoe. If California is on your list check out Travel Nurses Across America for job openings.


I visited with family in Sparks just outside of Reno.  Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World,” and its casinos and close proximity to many ski resorts. Reno is a town that never closes.  If you love the high desert and night life Reno might be a place you want to work and visit.

If you love to ski try finding an assignment that takes you into the winter months and ski at Lake Tahoe.  For job openings in Reno go to our Job Match page and find the assignment that meets your needs.


houseboatThe ultimate goal of my trip was to arrive in Page, Arizona and meet up with family for a houseboat trip on Lake Powell.  Lake Powell is located on the Colorado River, on the border between Utah and Arizona.

Page is a small town in northern Arizona about 4.5 hours outside of Phoenix.  The town is small but they do have a hospital and need for nurses.  I found a job opening for a med/surgical  nurse at PPR Travel Nursing and I am sure there are others.

Our trip was fabulous and an opportunity to spend time with family.  The Glen Canyon National park is popular for tourists from all over the world.  The hospital is a 25 bed Banner Health facility and treat local emergencies.  The town is on the Navajo Reservation and home to a large Native American population.

Lake Powell

If you prefer a weekend in a resort the park has a resort that offers all the amenities of a grand resort hotel.   This photo was taken from the Balcony of the hotel. resortbalcony There are three restaurants on the property offering something for everyone.    They offer tours of the lake and the surrounding desert area.

Of course if you prefer camping they have a great camp ground that accommodates those with a tent and great hook up sites for the RV travelers.  I’m not sure if they have long term parking for travelers who want to park and work in Page.  The town is a short 10 to 15 minute drive from the park.  If you think you might like to stay at the park you can check it out here.




I have to say no matter whether at work or play the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell offer a great backdrop for reducing stress.  We are so fortunate to be able to travel unencumbered from sea to shinning sea. Our freedom to work and travel anywhere in this country came at a huge price so enjoy and appreciate that freedom.

As a nurse we are even more fortunate that we can choose any of the 50 states for work and play.   Make your bucket list of all the sites you want to see and then hit the road.

Safe and happy travels.

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Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a Registered Nurse and retired US Army Reserve Nurse Major. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career, she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and to South Korea. She was trained as an Army Medic during the Vietnam era and later as an OR tec. She went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and then completed her nursing training as a Registered Nurse. She was then commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserves. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and work in other medical facilities. During her career, she had the opportunity to work in several specialties to include, OR, Occupational Health, Hospice, Sexual Assault Team, Forensic/ Correctional Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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