Featured Traveler of the Month Adam and Hayleigh

By Kyle Sandsmark | August 26, 2019

Our featured traveler of the month Adam and Hayleigh! They are travel PTs on their second assignment with Host Healthcare. Adam and Hayleigh started in Oregon and now headed to Napa, California. Adam and Hayleigh are amazing travelers and received a lot of praise. Our compliance team praised Adam and Hayleigh for being very responsive and professional. Their recruiter Kyle says they are fun and great people to work with. We are lucky and thrilled to have both Adam and Hayleigh part of the Host Healthcare family. It’s a no brainer that our featured traveler of the month Adam and Hayleigh are well deserving of this recognition.

Featured Traveler of the Month Adam and Hayleigh

1) If you could have one super power what would it be and why?
Adam: If I had one superpower it would be the ability to teleport anywhere (bonus if my power allows me to take someone with me). I love to travel and explore new places, but it can be draining, time consuming, and expensive taking cross country flights back home to see friends and family. If I could teleport, I would happily spend my days working and exploring around the world and be home in time for dinner with my family. Hayleigh: I would love the power to be able to sleep on airplanes! It may not seem like a super power to everyone, but to me it certainly is! As you can see from our answers, rest while traveling is a big priority for Adam and me.

What’s Been Your Favorite Travel Experience?

2) What has been your favorite experience since you have been traveling?
Adam: My favorite experience since traveling has to be the first time that we visited Crater Lake in Oregon. We had moved to southern Oregon in January and deep snow had closed the road up the mountain for months. Finally in March, we had a perfect sunny day and checked the National Parks website to find out that the road had been freshly plowed. We spent the day snow shoeing on 30 feet of snow, truly a surreal and amazing experience. That first time, we weren’t even able to make it to the rim to see the lake, but we had so much fun exploring the park that it didn’t even matter.
Hayleigh: My favorite experience thus far during traveling was our four day cross country road trip from Ohio to Oregon to begin our first travel assignment. For the holidays, Adam and my mother made a scavenger hunt style “adventure list” for us to complete on the 2,000 mile trip across the U.S. It was a fun way explore many different regions of the country and certainly made the hours in the car much more interesting.

Where Is The Best Place You’ve Visited?

3) What has been your favorite places/spots you have visited while on assignment?
Adam: As I mentioned before, Crater Lake is as pretty a place as I have ever seen. We were lucky to visit on a clear day with no wind, and the water is a deeper shade of blue than you would believe is possible. Southern Oregon put us near by some stunning scenery. I enjoy landscape photography and some of my favorite places to explore and photograph were Crater Lake, The Redwood National Forrest, the rocky coast of Brookings, Oregon, Lake of the Woods, and Mount Shasta. We are currently settling in to Napa, California, so we are very excited to explore the vineyards and nearby National Parks in California.
Hayleigh: I’ll have to echo Adam’s answer to this one! Traveling has allowed us to visit and revisit so many National Parks that we wouldn’t have been able to spend as much time in otherwise. While we have been fortunate to experience many wonderful natural sites during travel, Crater Lake on a clear day is truly the most spectacular thing I have yet to see.

Why Travel?

4) What made you want to try travel nursing?
: I have wanted to try traveling Physical Therapy from the time I decided to apply for PT school. There is so much of the country to explore and I hadn’t had the opportunity to spend much time outside of the Midwest. After getting a year of experience under my belt, it was a no-brainer to try travel therapy for a while. With my wife also being a Physical Therapist, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for us to be adventurous and explore the country before settling down. We were able to decide on Oregon to start, which was just about as far away from Ohio as we could get.
Hayleigh: After graduating physical therapy school, I was honored and humbled to complete a residency in cardiac and pulmonary physical therapy. I feel this year-long experience helped me to develop my clinical reasoning and confidence as a clinician in working with patients with complex diagnoses. Following completion of my residency, Adam and I decided to try travel physical therapy as a way to see new places as well as for me to get an idea of how physical therapists are involved in cardiac and pulmonary care in different regions throughout the country. So far, we have been able to learn so much about living, learning, and working in multiple different states and I feel this has helped me to continue to develop well rounded skills as a clinician.

Any Travel Fears?

5) What was one thing you were scared of before your first assignment, and how did you combat that?
Adam: Certainly the scariest part of travel therapy is the uncertainty. You never know the exact situation which you are going to walk in to. Housing can be difficulty to arrange from afar and we have had experiences were things fall through at the last minute and can leave you frustrated and scrambling. The thing that I had to learn early on was to be very adaptable and trust in my clinical knowledge as I start each new contract. It can be intimidating to walk in to a new clinic, but school and experience has prepared me to deal with the new obstacles I face. I have certainly learned a lot from the variety of clinical challenges which I have faced, and I am fortunate to have worked with a very diverse patient population through clinical work in Wisconsin, Ohio, Oregon, and California. It helps a lot knowing that our recruiter, Kyle, is always there on our side to make sure that we succeed.
Hayleigh: The uncertainty. I am a planner and have always worked to plan steps A-Z. However, with travel, plans can and do change. This aspect has been a challenge for me, but has also taught me to be patient with myself and to work on going with the flow instead of worrying about changes in the plan. I am incredibly fortunate to have a strong support system in Adam as well as our friends and family who have been incredibly generous with their time and resources to help us during times of transition between contracts. I am also very thankful for our recruiter Kyle who has been open, honest, and supportive of us since our first phone call. His expertise has helped us figure out many complex situations that would have seemed overwhelming otherwise.

How Do You Unwind After A Busy Day?

6) What is a guilty pleasure after a long day at work?
: My guilty pleasure after a long day of work is pizza and a glass of wine (you can probably figure out why we came to Napa). That’s why I was incredibly grateful, when Kyle and the Host Healthcare team somehow found a way to deliver a pizza to me on my birthday (No small feat considering the nearest delivery place to our small town of Jacksonville, Oregon was about 20 miles away).
Hayleigh: Nothing beats a glass of red wine. I also believe in the power of “dancing it out.” I would never claim to be a good dancer but as long as I’m having fun, then it’s all right with me.

How Would You Describe Your Recruiter?

7) What is one word that describes your recruiter, Kyle?
: Relentless. Our recruiter Kyle is absolutely amazing and will work non stop on our behalf. When we have had unexpected troubles pop up, Kyle has always been there to work through the problems until there is a solution. Kyle always makes time for us and is phenomenal at keeping us informed every step of the way. Kyle is absolutely relentless with his work ethic and will not stop until he has a solution. We had a contract cancelled on us recently. Kyle was on the phone with us at 7:00am, found 4 replacement positions by 10:00am, and had us offers by 3:00pm. He was working so hard on our behalf, that he hadn’t even found time to eat! We had to tell him to take a break from us and get some food. I couldn’t imagine a better person to have on your side, we are very lucky to work with Kyle.
Hayleigh: Conscientious. From our first phone call, Kyle has made a huge effort to get to know us not just as clients, but as individuals. He has been supportive of us throughout all of the intricacies of setting up travel contracts, answered hard questions transparently, and guided us in making the best decisions for us as a travel pair. He has selflessly given his own time to help us be successful and is always positive and focused on finding solutions. Before starting travel physical therapy, we were given the advice to spend time finding a recruiter who is a good fit for us and I feel that Kyle is the absolute best recruiter we could have asked for. I am so thankful to have Kyle on our travel team and look forward to continuing to work with him.

Featured Traveler of the Month Adam and Hayleigh
Featured Traveler of the Month Adam and Hayleigh
Featured Traveler of the Month Adam and Hayleigh
Featured Traveler of the Month Adam and Hayleigh

About Host Healthcare

Thank you again to our featured traveler of the month Morgan and Ashlin Miller. Host Healthcare is an award-winning healthcare staffing company focusing on travel nurse and travel allied. Host Healthcare’s purpose is to make Host Healthcare a place with the highest employee engagement score in San Diego. A place where people are passionate about what they do and who they do it with. Our mission is to help our employees and travelers To Live Better. To learn more about Host and see corporate careers be sure to click the links.

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