"There's no doubt about it, travel nursing has exposed me to procedures, medical technologies and opportunities not always found in permanent positions."
hile working at a Level I Trauma Center in California I had learned how to use a Rapid Infuser - the device used to warm and quickly infuse multiple units of blood and large amounts of IV fluids into patients who are hemodynamically unstable. Victims of serious car accidents, bullet wounds, stabbing, internal bleeding, septic shock, burns etc. I used it three and four times a night and saved lives in the process. Although I'm not in the habit of bragging about how much I know when starting a new assignment, my supervisor was aware that I was proficient in using the equipment and called on me to train others. Those who I taught were nervous at first because rapid infusers are typically used when fluid loss is imminent and lives are at stake. It also requires complete focus and attention so fluids don't run dry - an incredible responsibility. Needless to say, more nurses now know how to use a Level I Rapid Infuser because this travel nurse showed them.
Stephanie Clark, American Traveler RN
"High pay is important among the younger generation of travel nurses, but work environment and flexibility top the list."
A report from Randall Travel Marketing indicates that Generation X and Y nurses may be more inclined to travel than the generation before. The freedom, detachment and desire to explore are higher up on their list of needs and their thirst for diversity is clearly a priority. High pay is important among the younger generation of travel nurses, but work environment and flexibility top the list.
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