Travel Nurse Stories

Meet Our Aya Travelers

Alaska = Moose and Salmon and Bears, Oh My!

For a girl from upstate New York, taking a bite out of a dessert made of whipped Crisco, blueberries and fish may not be the norm, but like many things that Aya travel nurse Caitlin has experienced in Alaska, she described the taste of Agutuk as “A weird… Read More

The road between hikes is paved with adventure…

Driving to work is not high on most people’s list of exciting adventures. But when the route includes a hike through the Grand Canyon, the neon lights of the Vegas strip and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, it’s not your average commute. There is nothing Aya travel nurse Rachel loves… Read More

CIU nurse wins (and mends!) hearts wherever she goes

Aya travel nurse, Jacque, recalls her most recent vacation with the sounds of a bustling airport in the background. She celebrated her cousin’s wedding in upstate New York then took a quick jaunt to see a friend in New Jersey and had an absolute blast. Jacque loves traveling because it… Read More

Easygoing Southern Girl, Bold Traveler

With the unflappable calm of someone used to handling crisis situations, Aya travel ICU nurse Jessica downplays a recent harrowing experience in Rowlette, Texas. When she’d been in town for only a few weeks a tornado touched down around the corner from her hospital, but rather than panic Jessica plugged… Read More

Mother, Survivor, Travel Nurse

The sparkling waterfalls and turquoise seas of Hawaii Shirrelle admired while visiting her son the past week evoke a tranquility that Shirrelle has not always experienced. From this paradise, she tells the complicated and ultimately triumphant story of her life. Shirrelle is a travel nurse and determined mother of three children… Read More

Lifelong explorer and perennial patient favorite

Aya travel nurse Joan has a practical, yet poetic way of looking at life that can’t help but inspire. Her motto? “You have to travel as much as you can while you can still carry your suitcase." With a chuckle, Joan says she would rather not admit how long she’s… Read More

The Coolest “Country Folk” You’ll Ever Come Across

“I feel like traveling is one of those things that you can always talk yourself out of," Aya travel nurse Dakota reflects. “My advice would be… don’t. You can always come up with reasons why you shouldn’t, especially when you have kids, but it’s been good for us as nurses,… Read More

Living (and saving!) lives on the edge…

Imagine if coolly dangling from the side of a cliff while providing lifesaving treatment to a climber in need was just another day on the job. Well, that’s the reality for Aya travel nurses Bryan and Deb. These two adventure junkies fell in love at 19,000 feet and have only… Read More

Proud pug mom finds adventure on land and under the sea!

Aya travel nurse Brandi’s eleven-year-old pug has seen more of the world than most people. Together Brandi and King Louie have hit more than 15 U.S. states and Canada! They recently drove across the country to her current assignment in America’s Finest City – San Diego. As a USD alum,… Read More