OUR TRAVEL NURSING STORY
Welcome to Travel Nurse Help and thank you for visiting our website! If you have a minute, we would love to tell you about how we got started travel nursing. Once you’re all caught up you’ll find a recap of each one of our adventures at the bottom of this page; each recap full of pictures, video and lessons learned.
We started our journey in Greenville Ohio, a small town surrounded by corn and soybean fields as far as the eye can see. It’s a great place to raise a family, just not a great place if you’re looking for adventure. After getting married and buying a house that we invested eight years into fixing up and getting just right, we realized life wasn’t turning out exactly as we had planned (surprise!). For whatever reasons we never had children and decided we should live a little before we did. Travel nursing gave us the opportunity we were looking for.
We knew the salary from travel nursing would be plenty for us to live on and that was enough. After selling most of our belongings and renting our house out to family, we moved to Florida for six months and rented from a relative. Our short stay in Florida was to gain experience and to test the waters. Everything went according to plan and at the end of our six months, we were off to the races with our first assignment in California.
So far we have lived in beautiful Orange County, on the beach just west of L.A., in a valley between the Appalachian Mountains, a cabin in the Sierra Mountains, and now in the amazing Pacific Northwest. We have seen the Grand Canyon, Hollywood, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Redwood and Sequoia forests, Lake Tahoe and countless other extraordinary places that will stay with us forever. It was the best decision we ever made and we have no regrets whatsoever. We would rather not imagine how our lives would be right now had we not left our small town in Ohio.
That’s the short version. If you want the long version, here it is. Since we started traveling we’ve had a beautiful son, Carter, who has made life wonderful but traveling complicated. If you would like to know more about that, you can read our post on traveling with a baby.
If you are looking for our hospital search feature, you’ll find it at our new website – Travel Nursing Exchange, which was created to put travel nursing jobs, hospital information, and a new forum all in one place. We have poured a lot of blood, sweat and tears over both websites and will continue to do so as long as we are able. Travel Nurse Help will become more about our personal journey to encourage others and Travel Nursing Exchange is more about great resources for current travelers. We hope you enjoy both websites. Our honest goal is to help others all the way from making the decision to finding the best jobs.
Interested in hearing more of our story?
Below starting with our most recent are recaps of each one of our adventures with pictures, video and lessons learned...