Our featured traveler of the month Shea Turner! Shea is on her 2nd assignment and is an amazing traveler. But her work as a traveler is only part of who she is. Shea is an amazing mother to her four kids. Her recruiter Hunter praises her as an amazing traveler and mom. “Shea is the most calm, sweet, caring and considerate person and she is an absolute pleasure to work with.” Shea is an inspiration is so many ways and is very deserving of being our featured traveler of the month.
Featured Traveler of the Month Shea Turner
1) If you could have one super power what would it be and why? I would absolutely love to be able to make the world see just how incredibly difficult it is to be a nurse. Because for some reason, every couple of years, a person of great public influence will make a comment that completely undermines and belittles a profession that is overworked, underpaid, and understaffed. The amount of work that goes into a 12 hour nursing shift requires a very special person….such a person that, even though someone may have publically dragged their profession through the mud, that nurse would still work themselves into the ground to give that someone the best care possible.
2) What has been your favorite experience since you have been traveling? I love to teach AND learn, so anytime I go to a new hospital, I’m always excited for the opportunity to teach what I know and to learn new ways of doing something, especially when it can improve my skills.
3)What has been your favorite places/spots you have visited while on assignment? So far I’ve only taken assignments in Alabama, which I’m already very familiar with. However, I did recently visit North California for a couple of weeks. We did a lot of hiking while there, and I must say, it is probably one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen! I’m hoping to be able to work an assignment there one day when my schedule will allow for it!
4) What made you want to try travel nursing? I’d love to be able to say that I started traveling because I wanted to see and experience more of what this world has to offer, and one day that will be my reason! But for right now, for me, I first took a travel assignment because being a single mom is 100% the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I am finally at a place now where, instead of trying to recover from a divorce, I am beginning to build a better future for myself and my children. I work as an ICU travel nurse on the weekends, and as a full time PI Coordinator during the week. Taking the 13 week contracts has allowed me to be able to save for a house (which is seemingly impossible with only one income and 4 children) and still be able to provide for my family 🙂
5) What was one thing you were scared of before your first assignment, and how did you combat that? Time management! And it’s a battle that I fight every week, lol. I just have to be very meticulous with my schedule, always be prepared for the next day, and remember to take some time for myself.
6) What is a guilty pleasure after a long day at work? Sleep, haha…..but honestly I do love to meditate, always before I go to bed, and especially after a difficult day.
7) What is one word that describes your recruiter, Hunter? Only ONE word?!? That’s doing him a disservice 😉 There’s so many positive things I could say about Hunter, but what stands out the most is his dedication.
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