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Travel PICU Nurse Bethany Promises “There’s Never a Better Time to Travel Than Now”

February 18, 2019 | Nurse Stories

You show up to work day after day. Same time, same place. Sure, it’s fine. It pays the bills. It’ll do. But some days you crave something new. Something different. Does this sound like you?

If your life as a staff RN feels stale, Aya travel PICU nurse Bethany suggests you give travel nursing a try. After hearing through the grapevine that traveling the country while doing what you love is nothing short of amazing, she thought the travel life was a perfect opportunity to start a new adventure.

“I’m not married, don’t have kids, don’t own a home,” says Bethany. And while travel nursing with a family is totally doable, she adds, “I really had no excuse not to give it a shot.”

But when’s the “best time” to travel nurse?

At Aya, it’s always a great time to be a traveler, but we might be slightly biased. The “best time” is different for everyone and depends on your goals and desires. Bethany decided to become a travel PICU nurse just shy of her two-year work anniversary. “I was ready for a new work environment and a change of scenery,” she explains.

And while many nurses struggle with the idea of changing up their life and going outside of their comfort zone, Bethany had a different outlook. “Honestly, it’s such a great way to build your resume while experiencing cities across the country,” she says. “I’ve enjoyed learning how each hospital functions differently and meeting new people along the way.”

More time for travel and hobbies

“The flexibility I have as a travel PICU nurse is unmatched,” Bethany says. In fact, between assignments she’s had the freedom to travel to places she’s always wanted to go, like Europe, Australia, Mexico and Canada.

Along with world traveling, Bethany’s picked up a new favorite hobby. “Hiking has become one of my favorite things to do, and I’ve been lucky enough to go on hikes in Hawaii, British Columbia and this year I’m going to Guatemala!”

If you’re still apprehensive about getting started, remember you’ll never be alone. “No one at Aya is ever more than a quick call, text or email away when I need anything at all!” explains Bethany. Count on Aya to make sure traveling is the experience of a lifetime — without the stress factor. Just take it from Bethany who says, “It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Is it time to try something new? Choose your destination now!

Travel PICU nurse Bethany standing in front of a beautiful lake and mountains.

Travel PICU nurse Bethany standing in front of Moulin Rouge.

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