Since starting his travel nursing career four years ago, Aaron Moore, RN, has been all over the United States in pursuit of all things outdoors.
“I love exploring and I love the adventure that comes with being a travel nurse,” Moore said. “Nursing gives you the free time to go out and do what you love to do.”
Now on assignment in Omaha, Nebraska, with leading travel staffing company American Mobile Healthcare, this self-described outdoorsman couldn’t wait to gain his clinical experience so he could begin his career as a traveling nurse.
“I was going to school to enroll to be a paramedic before I thought about a career in nursing,“ Moore said. “They had me talk to a nursing instructor, who was a guy, and he told me I would love being a nurse. He was actually the first one who told me about travel nursing and then I worked in trauma ICU for two years before starting on my traveling career.”
Being able to help people and have a positive impact on the lives of others is what Moore enjoys most about his career as a travel nurse, and he also enjoys the freedom and flexibility that a mobile career offers.
“One of the most rewarding parts of my traveling experience so far is that I have gotten to spend so much more time with my wife, Christina, than was possible prior to traveling,” Moore said. “In looking at the other job opportunities that are out there, this is the only job that allows you to have a vacation every 13 weeks—travel nursing is a working vacation.”
“I love hiking, camping, fishing and kayaking; I like anything that involves being outdoors,” Moore explained. “Every time we go to a new place we find these activities to do.”
Moore has traveled to San Diego, California; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; Nashville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.; Omaha, Nebraska; Baltimore, Maryland and Manhattan, New York.
“Portland has been my favorite destination. It was a very outdoors oriented city,” he said. “At that time I was the only traveler at that facility and I got to meet some wonderful people that I am still friends with to this day. Being in Portland opened up the doors to a lot of my interests.”
This adventurous nurse says he chooses his travel destinations based on how big the cities are and how much they have to offer. He always manages to find something outdoorsy to do in whatever city he is in.
“I never pictured myself liking a big, corporate city like Manhattan, but I ended up loving it,” he said.
In addition to his outdoor pursuits, Moore is also spending his free time pursuing his bachelor’s degree in nursing, thanks in part to a $2,000 scholarship he received last year from American Mobile.
“The scholarship paid for an entire year of school for me,” Moore said. “I already have other students in my class ready to sign up for travel nursing after they graduate and get experience.”
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