July's Nurse of the Month is Driving Her Career Forward

July 26, 2017

Fastaff nurses are rewarded and recognized for the experience, skills, and dedication they bring to each travel nursing assignment. This nurse is someone who exemplifies the Fastaff values.

Read below to learn more about July’s Nurse of the Month, DeAnna Rowan

Specialty:

Labor & Delivery.

Number of years working with Fastaff:

Six months and two assignments. 

Why do you love working with Fastaff? 

Everyone has been extremely supportive and considerate. I never have to worry if I will receive a response because someone always makes sure my questions are answered in a timely manner. 

What do you love about nursing?

As an L&D nurse, I have the unique opportunity to impact a new mother, father, or extended family, whether it’s their first baby or their sixth. I love that I have the privilege to be part of a precious miracle and new chapter in a family's life. 

What makes travel nursing rewarding for you?

As a travel nurse, I am able to see nursing and overall patient care from many different perspectives. The culture of each community has so much to offer and my life has been deeply enriched both professionally and personally. 

Tell me about a time where you felt more valuable/respected because of the experience and knowledge you gained from your Fastaff assignment.

A lot of times, travel nurses are not put in a position to have student nurses follow them. During my assignment at a teaching facility, I was asked to take on students during my shifts. I was honored to be trusted with such responsibility and enjoyed the opportunity to share my story with the up and coming nurses. 

What has been your most challenging Fastaff assignment and how did you feel that impacted your worth as a nurse afterwards?

Most of my patients have wonderful outcomes with healthy new babies. I recently cared for a family who suffered the tragedy of losing their baby. As the patient expressed her grief, I felt that it was important to pull up a chair and just let her talk. As we sat together, we cried and shared our pain. We comforted each other and I felt that so many of my personal life experiences prepared me for my nursing career far more than I ever imagined. 

Describe the most miraculous or impressive thing you’ve witnessed or been a part of during your time as a nurse with Fastaff.

Working at a very busy teaching facility, I have had the privilege of working collaboratively with many residents. I feel that nurses and doctors should have open and professional communication that allows for the best possible plan of care for the patient so I make sure that I always keep my doctors updated on a regular basis. I have been told by many of them that they like working with me because they feel I work hard for them and pay attention to even the small details to make their job easier. 

How have you accomplished some of your personal and professional goals by traveling with Fastaff?

I have grown stronger professionally and clinically with Fastaff. I have also made amazing friends, had the opportunity to take my family on vacations and when we are together, our time is more focused and memorable.