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March 2009 Traveler Times
American Traveler Consultant Shari M. says that what she likes best about consulting is working with her travelers. "I like working with my travel nurses and therapists, sending them off on new adventures — especially to places they've always wanted to see. At their best, travel nursing jobs can enrich people's lives. Not just career-wise, but lifestyle-wise, too."
Shari grew up in Long Island, NY where she started a career in her family's retail business, went to college in upstate New York, and then made a big change in location and climate by moving to South Florida. She's got two "adorable kids, a boy and a girl," and a beloved dog — a Maltese named Max. Although she's now a long-time Floridian, she still roots for her hometown hockey team, the Islanders.
Probably due to her family's retail heritage, Shari admits to a lifelong affinity for shopping, whether it's "real" shopping or just window shopping. (Shari can surely advise her travelers who like to discover a great shopping destination.) And, like her clients, Shari enjoys travel, with the West Coast being a favorite destination. She also tries to take advantage of the cruises that sail out of the South Florida ports when she can.
Shari says she always tells first time travel nurses to be open to every experience, even if it's a little stressful at first.
"Travel nursing jobs are a terrific way to meet people. Making friends really does happen, and working in a great hospital can be a career-changing event." And, she says, she likes to meet up with her travelers when they're in the South Florida neighborhood. "I develop friendships with many of my travelers, even though most of our contact is over the phone and via e-mail. I feel so lucky if I have a chance to meet a client 'in real life', I don't want to pass it up."
Recently we received a very kind message from a long-time American Traveler. More evidence that the best travel nursing companies will adjust to your needs as your life and healthcare career evolves. It's always nice to hear we're getting it right.
"I just wanted to thank all of you. I have been a travel nurse for nearly seven years, all of that time with my first and only travel company, American Traveler. When I was considering a career as a traveler, I spoke with numerous companies. When I spoke with my consultant at American Traveler she told me, 'Talk to the other companies and then call me. I think you'll see a difference.'
She was right. During my time with American Traveler I met many other travelers, from many other companies, and hearing some of the problems they encountered made me appreciate you guys even more.
From the start, my housing was a challenge because of my two cats. And from the time I met Kevin in 2003 (we got married in 2005), I've limited my "travels" to a very small area. Your company always found a way to accommodate me (and later, us). I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a traveler and have countless wonderful memories, both of the places I've seen and the people I met. Thank you all for giving me such a fantastic experience."