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Travel Nursing Testimonials & Reviews

What do other travel nurses have to say about working with Onward? See for yourself — check out our travel nursing reviews and testimonials below and hear other travelers’ stories, in their own words.

  • Second Career Nurse Finds Travel the Ultimate Reward

    Formerly in the food industry, ER nurse Steve Sawyer now enjoys travel nursing by RV with his wife. This second career nurse is making the most of every job. Read More

    Talk about a career change: Steve Sawyer, RN, worked in an Ore-Ida factory for 21 years making French fries before he started nursing school in his late 40s. He knew he wanted to be an emergency room (ER) nurse because of his 15 years volunteering in emergency medical services. Today, at 58, he and his wife live full time in their RV, and take their home with them to every ER nurse assignment. “Our main philosophy is that we want to get out and do as much as we can while we are young enough and healthy enough to just get out and see the sights,” said Sawyer, who travels with Onward Healthcare, an AMN Healthcare company. Oh, the places they’ve been! Onward travel nurse Steve Sawyer: Grand CanyonThere have been many highlights for the Sawyers throughout their travels. They have visited the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona and the Desert Museum and Biosphere in Tucson, Ariz. In the Northwest, they have been to Mt. Rainier, Mt. Saint Helens and driven the scenic Highway 101. They also experienced their first ferry ride to Vancouver Island in southwest Canada. While on assignment in Southern California, they took in museums, and went to the desert, and stopped at Old Tombstone, Ariz., for a reenactment of Wyatt Earp’s shootout at the O.K. Corral en route to their Tucson assignment. During a stint in Florida, the couple visited the Everglades and took airboat rides; while in Naples, Fla., they enjoyed the beaches and a cruise to view the homes of millionaires along Read Less

  • Labor and Delivery Nurse Grows on Every Travel Nursing Assignment

    Labor and delivery nurse Judy Vernon, RN, has been in nursing for more than 20 years, and has been a nurse traveler with Onward Healthcare for a good portion of her career. Read More

    Labor and delivery nurse Judy Vernon, RN, has been in nursing for more than 20 years, and has been a nurse traveler with Onward Healthcare for a good portion of her career. Currently she’s assigned to the Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Ariz., where she continues to learn new things, make new friends and enjoy helping the mothers and newborns in her care. “When I was pregnant with my second son, I had a lot of complications and was hospitalized a lot,” she said. “I got to know the nurses who cared for me. I admired them and wanted to do what they did. So, when I became a nurse I chose to work in obstetrics. No matter how many births I’ve seen, it’s still a thrill to see a child born.” When her hometown hospital in Wichita, Kan., closed, Vernon decided it was time to expand her horizons. “I knew I didn’t want to work at another local hospital,” she said. “I was interested in travel nursing and when I learned more about it I decided to travel. I enjoy opportunities to be assigned to a variety of hospitals and look forward to the challenges of learning how things are done in different towns, cities and states.” Vernon has completed assignments in a variety of places, and among those she’s liked best is Sitka, Alaska. “I’d love to go back to Sitka because it’s beautiful, surrounded by mountains on three sides and the ocean on the fourth side. Sitka also has good salmon fishing which I enjoy,” she said. “I like to go places where there’s hiking trails and cities where I can learn something new.” She enjoyed learning more about America’s history by visiting the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., for instance.

    Making friends along the way

    Vernon’s favorite travel experiences include making new friends among patients and co-workers. “In Montana, I took care of a woman who was Read Less

  • CVICU Nurse Relishes Travel Nursing Career

    After working as a staff nurse on the East Coast for over four years, Hollie Higgins, RN, was ready for a change. And it wasn’t long before travel nursing was calling her name.
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    After working as a staff nurse for four years, with jobs in Oregon and on the East Coast, Hollie Higgins, RN, was ready for a change. And it wasn’t long before travel nursing was calling her name—prompting her to take her cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) nurse skills on the road. “Travel nursing was always one of the things I wanted to check off my bucket list,” she said. “The great thing about nursing is that there are so many different avenues with one degree. If you want to go into pediatrics, or you want to fly or travel, there are so many different things you can do and traveling was always one that sounded fun. I like exploring so I figured it would be a good thing to try out — and I loved it.” Higgins has traveled exclusively with Onward Healthcare, and her assignment choices have recently brought her back to her home state of Oregon. “The flexibility is my favorite part of being a travel nurse. You can really just pick wherever you want to go and whatever you want to do, and the hours are still mostly flexible. The nice thing about being a nurse is you only work three days a week, so you still have time to explore. You can make your own job with travel nursing.” Higgins has taken assignments throughout the state, and also completed a contract in Tucson, Ariz., where she was able to expand her cardiovascular nursing knowledge at the University of Arizona’s prestigious medical center. While the travel options and flexibility are what initially attracted Higgins to a travel nursing career, she also appreciates being able to learn new skills and practices on each assignment. “There are different practices and techniques for doing the same thing. It’s kind of nice, when I go to a facility I learn a Read Less

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