Travel Nurse Receives Honorable Mention for Excellence on Assignment
By Joe Duffy, Contributor
Perhaps nothing speaks more directly as to how
much healthcare companies appreciate travel nurses than nominating
travelers for prestigious awards.
After working in the Toledo, Ohio, hospital
system for almost two years — her first and only travel nurse assignment — registered
nurse Lina Abdel-Rasoul recently received an honorable mention for Toledo’s
Excellence in Nursing Award.
“The hospital considers me part of their
staff,” said Lina. “I hear that sometimes travelers can feel like they're a
little out of place at first because they don't know the people, but it’s
important to develop a relationship with your staff. Even as a traveler, I feel
like it's my unit and not just because I'm temporary. I really put my heart and
soul into my work and the staff appreciates it.”
This isn't Lina's first accolade from the
hospital. Last year she received a unit award. Each quarter, nurses nominate
unit staff members for several various awards. Lina was told she was one of the
first travelers nominated for Employee of the Quarter.
the leap to travel nursing
Before taking her first travel nursing assignment in
Toledo, Lina worked full-time at the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus,
Ohio. While there she talked to a travel nurse on assignment through AMN
Healthcare, who said she enjoyed traveling. Lina’s fiance at the time lived in
Toledo, and they were both juggling work and their long-distance relationship.
Traveling became a way to get to Toledo, be with her fiance (now her husband)
and expand her nursing skills.
“You can get a lot of experience by exploring
different units and different hospitals, which helps you grow as a nurse,” Lina
said. “I was a nurse for almost five years before I started traveling. So I
have experience in medical, surgical and an intermediate department. But
hospitals can be very different. I learned so much just by being a traveler
because you learn a lot on your own. Then, once I discovered how different this
hospital does things versus my old hospital, I now have more confidence to go
anywhere else and learn a new system. This experience makes other companies
look at you and realize you're well rounded. Traveling is a great opportunity
Other benefits of travel nursing that Lina touts
include how American Mobile Healthcare makes life easier, such as helping her
get her CE hours and staying apprised of new requirements. She also appreciates
her recruiter, Killian Serrano, who helped make her transition from full-time
to traveling easy.
“Just her approach, and her personality, and
the way she explained what travel nursing was made me feel at ease,” Lina said.
“She's available any time for every question and she answers me right away.”
Lina said what started as a way to be closer
to her husband and perhaps only a one- or two-assignment travel stint is now
about exploring different locations and increasing her skill set. She recently
got her Michigan nursing license and when the time comes, it might be her next
travel nursing stop.
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