Travel Nursing be Grateful for the Opportunity


Travel nursing offers so many opportunities.  Think about all of the wonderful and exciting places you can choose to work and visit.  Just having a career in nursing opens so many doors for anyone choosing to enter the field.  Today as I write this post I think about all of the years working in healthcare and how grateful I am to have had the opportunity.

I had the chance to work in several specialties that were exciting and rewarding.  One of the jobs allowed me to work in other states.  I have seen much of the United States and traveled to Korea.  I am grateful I was able to work and support my family in this career.

Working the holidays

As the holidays approach you will have to decide where you want to spend your time.  Many of you have already made the choice and are on assignment.    Maybe you want to be in New York for Thanksgiving to see the Macy’s day parade.  Or maybe you are choosing to be in Colorado during winter season and Christmas to take advantage of cold weather sports and activities.   If cold is not your thing you can head to Florida for a warmer climate.

A new fun and exciting location might create a great excuse for family and friends to visit you for the holidays.

Be grateful

This year has been disastrous for many in our country.  The holidays may not be happy for those who have suffered.  Hurricanes, fires, and flooding have devastated so many parts of the country.

This year I have decided to use the time I would spend with family and friends during the holidays to volunteer and help others.  I will be going to North Carolina to help with clean up after hurricane Florence.  Most of you may not be able to afford to take time off to volunteer or your job doesn’t allow for time off.  If you are working in an area where they have suffered devastation maybe find time on a day off to volunteer in a shelter.

Check in your area to see where there is a need and offer to help.   Even a few hours can make a difference for someone in need.

Fortunate to be a nurse

Nursing careers have afforded most of us a comfortable lifestyle.  As a nurse, you can pick up and go almost anywhere and find employment.  As a single parent, I had the opportunity to provide for my children and never had to worry about a job and extra hours to make extra money.

So I am grateful for all the opportunities I have had over the years.  Nursing has allowed me to meet so many wonderful nurses who are dedicated and compassionate.  I am grateful for the opportunity to serve so many patients and their families.

During the month of November, we want to say how thankful we are for nurses who are always ready to step in and share their skills and dedication with patients and health care facilities across the country.  As a Wandering Nurse, you have many choices of agencies.  We have a directory of agencies and reviews to help you find the one that works for you.



Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a retired RN and US Army Nurse Major. She has over 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 once to South Korea. Her medical training began during the Vietnam era when trained as an army medic. She went on to train as an OR tech and then as a LVN/LPN. She completed nursing school and was direct commissioned into the reserve Army Nurse Corp. nurse. 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 working in other medical facilities. During her career she spent years as an OR nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Hospice Nurse, Forensic Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as being a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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