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 the June Nurse of the Month, Michaelle Streeter.
Name: Michaelle Streeter
Specialty: Medical Surgical/Telemetry
Number of assignments: Seven assignments
Number of years with Fastaff: Five years
Why do you love working with Fastaff?
One of the main reasons that I love working for Fastaff begins with my recruiter Rhieannon Gomez, who respects my preferences about my travel assignments without feeling pressured.The other is because they offer so many different cities around the U.S. to have the opportunity to represent ourselves as dedicated healthcare providers.
What do you love about nursing?
I began my nursing career first as an LPN transitioning to RN and through my journey, I love the idea of meeting new members of healthcare teams and having a real purpose in making a difference in the way patients and family members are cared for when they are hospitalized.
What makes travel nursing rewarding for you?
I've been asked by many people that I meet during my assignments, "How can I just pick up and leave home and go work in a different place all the time”? My answer is, "It's easy, patients and families need me to help care for them”.
What has been your most challenging Fastaff assignment (a difficult case, surgery, patient illness, etc.) and how did you feel that impacted your worth as a nurse afterwards?
When on an assignment that is coming to an end, I feel valuable and respected when I receive a glowing reference from the staff and in addition they ask if I can come and join their facility permanently. I respectfully decline, but I will always be willing to return if needed. Oftentimes, my recruiter will contact me to ask if I would be willing to extend at the facilities request.
Describe a time where you felt more valuable/respected because of the experience and knowledge you gained from your Fastaff assignment.
I believe the most challenging assignment with Fastaff was during the education phase of nursing. Patients have hard choices to make regarding they're continued wellbeing after discharge and their non-compliance with certain instructions that would prevent frequent re-admissions.I felt that having a direct approach usually did the trick because I was given the nickname "the meanest nicest nurse" and ultimately thanked for the concern I show to my patients, because their health matters and I know I have done my job correctly.
Describe the most miraculous or impressive thing you’ve witnessed or been a part of during your time as a nurse with Fastaff.
I've worked with many nurses employed by Fastaff and often placed on the same shift and unit and it's wonderful to see how supportive we are to each other and the long lasting friendships that are developed through our employment together. I really get sentimental when a colleague from Fastaff will send a text or give me a call just to check and see how I'm doing. That in itself shows the type of nurses Fastaff employs.
How have you accomplished some of your personal and professional goals by traveling with Fastaff (i.e. family life, financial freedom, more personal freedom, etc.)?
Since I began traveling with Fastaff it was a blessing for my children who were able to travel with me during school break because they got the opportunity to visit places I may not have been able share with them if I wasn't given the opportunity to be employed though Fastaff.All around, I wouldn't do anything else other than travel nursing - it's the best type of work ever.