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 June’s Nurse of the Month, Jeanette Leggett:
Number of years working with Fastaff:
One year and four travel assignments.
Why do you love working with Fastaff?
I must say I truly have enjoyed being an employee with Fastaff. One of the main reasons is because of my awesome recruiters. Initially, Chris Lewis was my recruiter and my current recruiter is Jasmine Russell. They have always been there for me; whether it’s looking for my next assignment, helping me obtain a nursing license, or listening to me vent about my bad day. They have made my experience even more enjoyable. Another reason I love working with Fastaff is because of the high paying jobs and guaranteed hours. I’ve always had the best pay for my specialty, they always tell me about bonuses, and my paychecks have always been right and on time. I couldn’t have asked for a better team of people to work with.
What do you love about nursing?
What I love about nursing is helping people get back to their lives prior to them going into the hospital. Nobody wants to be stuck in an environment where “all they do is get tested and watch television.” I also love to talk and listen to people. In nursing, you do just that and much more. Listening and talking with my patients helps me get to know them more and to come up with the best plan of care for them.
What makes travel nursing rewarding for you?
I love meeting new people and seeing different places. I also enjoy comparing where I came from to how different it is in my new location. It is very exciting and also makes a great learning opportunity to learn the different routines and cultures at different hospitals.
Tell me about a time where you felt more valuable/respected because of the experience and knowledge you gained from your Fastaff assignment.
When I was working at a facility in Burlington, MA, I was there to assist the transition of the new grads going from orientation to working on their own. One new nurse had trouble starting an IV. I showed her a few pointers and she said “now I’m a pro.” She felt so comfortable with me that she asked me how long I’ve been a nurse, how long I’ve traveled, and if I was nervous on my first assignment. After we talked a while, she stated she too wants to be a traveler once she gets some experience.
What has been your most challenging Fastaff assignment and how did you feel that impacted your worth as a nurse afterwards?
My most challenging assignment to date was the one I just got off of that was located in New Jersey. The nurse to patient ratio was around 1:6. This was supposed to be “step down” but they classified it as tele so they were allowed to take more patients. One day, I had 7 patients and 5 were on drips to help lower the blood pressure and regulate the heart rhythm. What made things more difficult was that one patient was short of breath and we had to call a rapid response and another patient had a seizure and we were short staffed. During that situation, it taught me I can only be at one place and handle the most critical situation (which was the patient that was short of breath) and once the rapid response team came, I went to my other patient who was having a seizure. Once I was able to see both patients, we were able to give them to the proper level of care that they needed. Overall, it made me feel good that I didn’t panic or have a nervous breakdown during all of this activity and, most of all, both patients survived.
Describe the most miraculous or impressive thing you’ve witnessed or been a part of during your time as a nurse with Fastaff.
One of the things I witnessed was a patient who was complaining of feeling “weird.” I checked his blood pressure and it wouldn’t read so I wanted to do a manual and it was low. The patient wanted some water but before I could walk out the door to all the MD, the patient became unresponsive. We called a rapid response and the patient was in a really bad heart rhythm (ventricular fibrillation) so we had to shock. The patient began talking to us while we were reviving (coding) him. He asked us why we were “pushing down” on his chest and “shocking” him because it hurt. We were shocked ourselves but told him his heart wasn’t working well and we needed to help it out. One MD said his heart rhythm was in V-Fib. The patient said “Well, shock me!” It was the most unusual situation because my patients never talked to me during a code before. At least we knew we were doing good CPR.
How have you accomplished some of your personal and professional goals by traveling with Fastaff?
Since working with Fastaff, I’ve made the most money I’ve ever had in my entire lifetime. It has helped me as a single mom to be able to save up money for my daughter’s college, purchase a new car, and pay off my student loans. The awesome salary, weekly pay, and awesome retirement plan has helped me and my family enjoy life without the stress of worrying about how the bills will be paid. It has also helped me see the world by doing something I love in another location. I love Fastaff and hope to continue to do many more contracts with them.