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Traveler Gets Published, Experiences New Cultures(2)

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By Claire Brocato, feature writer

Being married to a military man, Terry Evans, RN, became accustomed to packing up and moving to new places on a regular basis.

However, once her husband retired, the couple had no intention of putting down roots. Instead, they wanted to continue their life on the road.

"What makes travel nursing so wonderful" Evans said, "is that we get to choose where we want to go, instead of being told where to go. What a treat!"

This labor and delivery nurse chose American Mobile Healthcare as her travel company because of the recruiter she spoke to when she first contacted the company.

"Kathleen, the recruiter, was so friendly, with such a nice "bedside manner"," she said. "She’s been my recruiter since I started traveling two years ago and I wouldn’t give her up for anything!"

For her first travel nursing assignment, Evans and her husband left their home in Homer, Alaska, and traveled across the country to Port St Lucie, Florida.

"Talk about one extreme to the next," she laughed. "We loved it, though, and spent ten months there."

During her travels, Evans also found the time to write a story, based on her nursing experience, which has been published in a book entitled Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses, an anthology of creative writing by nurses from around the country and across the world. The book, compiled by nurse practitioners Cortney Davis and Judy Schaefer, was released on Nurses Day 2003 and is a sequel to their first volume of nursing stories: Between the Heartbeats: Poetry and Prose by Nurses.

"I saw an advertisement in a nursing journal, asking nurses to submit their stories and poetry," recalled Evans, "so I sent them a piece about a couple I’d met when I first started working in a doctor’s office 30 years ago. The story focused on my relationship with them, not only as a nurse, but also as a friend. It was very special to me and I was delighted that the editors saw the value of what I was trying to communicate."

"All the stories and poetry contained in this book really touch on the emotions you feel as a nurse–love, fear, hope, and the desire to save. It’s filled with writing that any nurse can relate to."

Evans and her husband have since traveled to Brownsville, Texas; Chinle, Arizona and Boulder, Colorado.

"Working as a labor and delivery travel nurse has given me the opportunity to learn about the culture of giving birth amongst so many different kinds of people," she said. "I’ve worked with Mexican, Haitian and Native American patients and learned the special traditions and customs that each culture associates with the birth of a child. It’s been a very enriching and rewarding experience, and something I will always treasure."

"I can honestly say that I have learned more in the two years that I’ve worked as a travel nurse than the 30 years before that," Evans said. "It’s been an incredible experience."

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