Making the Right Career Moves for this Award-Winning Nurse

Rhonda C.’s faced with a dilemma when her kids were very young. Recently widowed, she needed a way to support her family. “I’d always been interested in nursing,” she says. “So, I went back to school.”

Years later, after working as a labor and delivery nurse and nurse practitioner, she decided it was time for a career change. Rhonda’s kids were grown and off to college, and she wanted to see the country.

She had already heard about TaleMed from other nurses. After a little investigating, she decided no other travel nurse companies could compete. “TaleMed has been the only company for me,” she says.

Learning New Things

“I like working at hospitals for a long time,” says Rhonda. Although she’s been with TaleMed for two years, she’s only worked at three locations. “I have a tendency to extend contracts and return to the same hospitals.”

Rhonda recently worked at a hospital in Albuquerque, NM, for the second time. The 453-bed acute care hospital — the largest in New Mexico — has been her favorite assignment so far. “I’ve learned so many techniques,” she says. “From craniotomies to kidney transplants to vascular surgery, there are a lot more opportunities.”

In Nebraska, however, she got to explore her other passion: fitness. “The winters were cold,” she remembers. “I taught a fitness class because it was inside!” Rhonda is a certified R.I.P.P.E.D. (Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet) instructor. She particularly likes R.I.P.P.E.D. because while the first five components are taught in a class, there’s also a focus on diet outside the gym. She is also currently working on becoming a certified health coach.

Always There to Help

Rhonda believes that the best thing a travel nurse can do is be prepared to support hospital staff. A nurse must make sure they have a solid foundation in their field before traveling.

“Doctors and nurses don’t have time to get you up to speed,” Rhonda explains. “You need to be there as a strong addition to their team.”

Rhonda lives this advice and is now being recognized for it. She was recently a DAISY Award winner. Started in 1999, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses celebrates nurses who go above and beyond to deliver exceptional care. Hospitals use DAISY to express personal, heartfelt appreciation to nurses like Rhonda for the important difference they make in patients’ lives.

“I’ve been told multiple stories about Rhonda taking on the toughest patient situations in the unit,” says D.J. McCommons, her TaleMed recruiter. “She shows respect, picks up extra work, helps innovate changes for units and is always consistent with her work ethic and attitude. She’s resilient, and she never brags about it.”

Start your next adventure!

If you haven’t traveled with TaleMed before, you can take your first step today. Contact a TaleMed recruiter by calling 1-800-494-0087 or completing our Quick Application.

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