Wildcat, you say? Meet Cassie F. from Dillon, SC – home of the Mighty Wildcats! The local news station refers to the team as the “Nasty Cats” because they work hard and play hard … much like our Featured Traveler for October!
Cassie specializes in Long Term Nursing and is currently on assignment in Pembroke, NC. She chose her specialty because she wanted to be an advocate of the residents, many who do not have a “voice” (or sometimes even a family member’s voice) in obtaining and maintaining quality care. Cassie did not start her 22-year medical career as a LPN; she spent 10 years as a CNA and Medical Tech/Aide before deciding to move to nursing. She is now celebrating 12 years as a dedicated LPN!
“I like being a travel nurse because you get to meet different people who share the same profession, learn new methods of patient care, and you have the privilege of seeing this beautiful country of ours, ” says Cassie.
She continues: “I like working with Convergence. I love the communication they have with their employees. In my opinion, that is key to employee retention. My recruiter, Dottie, is on point, thoughtful, funny, and best of all – down to earth. She is really on top of her game, and I’m thrilled we found one another!”
Cassie has some very practical and thoughtful advice for those thinking of Travel Nursing. She recommends that nurses have at least 1 – 2 years of experience before starting to look for assignments. She explains: “Most facilities expect you to ‘hit the floor running’ and know what to do, even if their orientation may be abbreviated.” She further states that “although you should relax and have fun, you need to be serious about your performance, patient safety, and do things THEIR WAY – not YOUR WAY. You need to roll with the waves – being flexible and adaptive is the key to being identified as a great travel nurse vs a mediocre one.”
In Cassie’s travel career, she has seen some travel nurses’ contracts canceled; she believes that poor endings for travel nurses usually stem from a singular pattern. She has advice about this too: “You are on contract to work, not to make friends. Do the work well and the friendships occur naturally. Keep your eye on the coins, Boo Boo!
See why we love working with this lady? Cheers to you Cassie, and keep up the great work! We are right there with you, Boo Boo!