Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I Hope You Have the Time of Your Life

By Aaron Moore, RN, MSN, travel nursing expert

As I was thumbing through my high school yearbook recently, I was reminded that our class song was “Time of Your Life” by Green Day.  I thought about the lyrics of this song and couldn’t help but ask myself: what was the time of my life?  Of course the song was chosen by my classmates to help us remember 1996-1999 as the best time of our lives, but as I thought more about it, I realized that high school couldn’t hold a candle to my years in travel nursing. 

Travel nursing was probably the best four years of my life.  I know, I know, I have four awesome kids now and a great job I that I don’t want to leave.  But when I think back to the most fun, challenging, and adventurous time of my life, I can’t help but focus on my years as a travel nurse. 

Truly, there is no better job―at least not for an RN, in my book.  You have your pick of nursing jobs, by location, hospital, or specialty. You can have job stability and the flexibility to schedule vacations, family visits or extended side trips. And what other nursing job will reimburse you for traveling to all those great assignment destinations?

As long as you have a positive attitude and a strong “go get ‘em” work ethic, you’re bound to find your place in this awesome field. 

For a small town boy, traveling the country was always a dream, and I made that dream come true.  I lived in some incredible places, worked at top notch facilities, and met awesome people.  And to think I only had a two year degree from an Iowa community college and a short tenure as a staff nurse. 
So don’t ever let your dreams be dampened by who you are or where you came from. 

Get out and enjoy this awesome world we live in.  Take a risk and explore travel nursing.  While there are no guarantees in life, I would bet my last dollar that you’ll love travel nursing. 

Just do as Billie Joe Armstrong sang and have “the time of your life.”  It’s easy to do in travel nursing.

LTD (Live the Dream).

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