I'm Jess. I am a travel nurse. I am a vegan... not one of the preachy ones though. Currently traveling the US... I've been to SoCal, WA, NC, CT, and next stop CO. I love ellipses. I have a love/hate relationship with working out, though it leans more towards love.

All my stories are purposefully vague and generalized to protect the guilty... and to abide by HIPPA.

I make none of the .gifs I use and gather them from various sources. I have no idea who makes them, if I did, I would undoubtably give them props. Thank you all the .gif makers out there... without you, my humor could not be adequately expressed. You're the best.

 

iguanamouth:

she just stood there doing this little dance until we got up

I forgot the word bench once. 

"It’s that long flat thing. That you sit on."

"… a bench?"

"Yep, that’s it. Bench."

I went bike shopping yesterday. I didn’t buy, but I’m close. These are the two most likely contenders. Both Specialized brand. First is a road bike and the second is a hybrid. The second felt nicer on my tush to ride, I’m not leaning on my hands as much, and the shifting was a little easier. It’s also way cheaper. The first will be better if I end up doing long rides with my friend (like she wants me to) and I have multiple hand placement options. I don’t know. The cheapo in me wants the first. But the second is probably better… and prettier.
Side note: I laughed in the sales guy’s face when he asked if I was getting into triathlons. Hahaha. Nope. Nope. Nope. Bathing suit. Nope. Running. Nope. Not gonna happen.
I think I might do a bit more research, go back and try them both out again and make my decision. Tomorrow perhaps.

Got a new winter hat. Not because I really needed it. But it’s water repellant. That’s cool.

Got a new winter hat. Not because I really needed it. But it’s water repellant. That’s cool.

cirtolthielelendil asked
I for real am in the works of hopefully doing traveling nursing in London next fall!

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sarcasticnursejess:

Nice. I have thought about doing that, but I recently heard that the nurses tend to be glorified candy stripers over there. 

Please, UK nurses correct me if I’m wrong. I’ve never worked there or been in hospital there, so I am ignorant. Don’t take offense, just educate me. Danke. 

Dude you’re so wrong! At weekends and nights the hospitals are fully staffed with just nurses and 1 doctor. I reguarly have 16 critically ill patients to look after with just one health care assistant. Currently though we are 5 health care assistants down, and tempory staff are too expensive so guess who’s picking up the slack? Nurses.

Well that doesn’t seem safe.
Thanks for the correction.

banespockpova asked
Nurses have loads more responsibilities than HCAs (I think they're the same as candy stripers). Meds; dressings; acute care; paperwork :/ , MDT liaison ect. My mum was a nurse in the 80s and she didn't have anywhere near the responsibility I so now. You're expected to be the jr doc without the ability to diagnose or prescribe. I hope this helps :)

Awesome. That sounds very much like it is here in the U.S. I was misinformed. Thank you for clearing that up for me. :)

amberleigh411 asked
Maybe you have answered this before, but I was wondering if you had any tips on getting your first job as a nurse?

First job as a nurse? If you’re still in nursing school, try to make connections during your clinicals, especially the final preceptorship. If you can secure a position before you graduate, that’s probably the best. I had a rough time finding a first job. If you end up having the same issue, be willing to move for your job… or just end up with a bit of a commute. Hospitals attached to nursing schools tend to have a lot of candidates and not nearly enough jobs, so if you look into smaller, more isolated hospitals, you could have a better chance. So many people want to live in or near big cities, if you look more in the sticks, that might help. (This is all guessing and conjecture from educated guesses.)

Good luck with the job search. 

no-ulterior-motives asked
Hi, I was just wondering how you got in to travel nursing. I am Canadian and have been nursing for almost 3 years in the same hospital. Looking for a change but don't know where to start. Any advice would help. Thanks!

Just look into travel nurse companies. I don’t know how licensure works in Canada and how you’d travel between providences, so that is also something to research if you’re not sure about it. With three years experience, you shouldn’t have a problem getting into it. 

If you have more specific questions, hit me up. I’ll try to answer in a more timely fashion next time… though I always say that. I’m the worst. 

missmaryjean asked
You might have answered this question before, but can new grads do travel nursing? I graduate in April and I was thinking about being a travel nurse.

They cannot. You need at least 1.5 years of experience, preferably 2 years. Good luck with the rest of nursing school. 

cirtolthielelendil asked
I for real am in the works of hopefully doing traveling nursing in London next fall!

Nice. I have thought about doing that, but I recently heard that the nurses tend to be glorified candy stripers over there. 

Please, UK nurses correct me if I’m wrong. I’ve never worked there or been in hospital there, so I am ignorant. Don’t take offense, just educate me. Danke. 

graduallylosingmymind asked
I'm about to finish my first year working on a med-surg floor. I started in a new grad program that I'm committed to until next August. I really want to get into travel nursing after my new grad thing is up though. I was just wondering if you have any tips for me in terms of getting into the travel nursing thing. The biggest thing I've noticed is everywhere wants two years experience which is what I'm working on right now, but do you recommend any certain certifications or anything? Thanks!

Yeah, 2 years is generally the recommended time. I started with 1.5 years, so it can be fudged sometimes. I can’t really think of any certifications at the moment, maybe telemetry. Though really, the bulk of the jobs seem to be for M/S. I mean, that makes up a large part of the patients in most hospitals, so that’s not surprising. 

The biggest tip I’d give you is to be flexible with your first assignment. It might not be exactly where you want or what you want, but everyone has to start somewhere. Once you get through the first one, the next will come easier since hospitals like knowing they have an experienced traveler. 

Also, avoid Kaiser hospitals in CA. I worked at three of them… don’t make my mistakes.