Stories from the Road – January 31

“I began my first travel assignment in Northern BC in a small town called Hazelton. I was nervous and excited, not knowing what to expect. What I received was an experience of a lifetime. Working in Hazelton, I was able to make friendships that will last a lifetime. I went hiking along the Skeena River. I learned so, so much about Indigenous culture and practices. I spent time in a friend’s homemade sauna and cooked a traditional meal in the learning center with some excellent residents of the community. I worked in an ER and Acute care setting and was able to have long, meaningful conversations with the community elders. I was embraced with open arms by the staff.  All the while being surrounded by the most breathtaking scenery that I could ever imagine. I always thought myself to be a salt water girl but let me tell you, I have never in my life understood the beauty and serenity of the mountains. They speak to your soul.

I enjoyed Hazelton and my first travel nursing experience so much that currently, I am on an 8 week assignment in the Nisga’a Valley. I’ve only been here a week but already I’ve explored lava fields, visited a natural volcanic hot spring and have admired the mountains surrounding this place. The nursing work is also a new experience for me. Working in a nursing clinic has quickly become a passion for me. Being able to provide primary care and really connect with the residents of the community is so rewarding. I’m looking forward to the next 7 weeks here and what they have in store!

All in all, my experiences thus far as a travel nurse have left me profoundly grateful to this profession and the opportunities it brings. I know that I will be travel nursing for a long, long time to come.”

Photos and story submitted by: Terrilynn B. – Travel Nurse with Solutions Staffing Inc.

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