August’s Travel Nurse of the Month

August 30, 2018

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 August’s Nurse of the Month, Bautista 'Bo' Urriza:

Specialty:

M/S Telemetry.

Number of assignments with Fastaff:

Five assignments. 

Why do you love working with Fastaff? 

I love working for Fastaff because with travel nursing, I am empowered and professional.

What do you love about nursing?

Nursing is not for everybody. I do admit in my younger years wherein I could have bailed out but I didn't. Nursing is a calling to humanity. There is no greater glory than helping my fellow human being.

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

The rewarding thing about travel nursing is the feeling that I am able to function as a professional in any hospital I am assigned to. To operate as a professional on day one is amazing. I am myself. I am guided by my skill and knowledge and I acquire more of that as I proceed on my travels. I feel like I'm just getting better and better in my career. The action part of my career is seen in an emergency or in a code. When it happens, the knowledge and skill just comes out naturally and when it's over, I hear my charge nurse say, "Great work” or, “I need you". That's when I know I am rewarded mentally and it's a great feeling.

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

The most challenging Fastaff assignment I had was the first time. It was as if all the bad events that could have happen eventually happened. Code at the beginning of shift, late giving of medications, a stat transfer, a fall, and the last but not the least, my favorite: A 7th admission. And don’t forget pharmacy asking you to come down to pick up your meds. I wanted to cry but I couldn't. I can't take a break because something is urgent. I would hear my thoughts go, "What the heck just happened. Is it a full moon tonight? Is this initiation night as a traveler?”

Traveler... That's what they say when the unit sees me walking in their direction. I say to myself that I actually like the sound of it.

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

The most miraculous and impressive thing I have witnessed since I joined Fastaff is shaking hands with every executive in nursing in every hospital I go to and when they ask me what group I am, I feel very happy and proud telling them I am with Fastaff. The nurses would ask me if I was with Fastaff and they would grab me and ask all sorts of questions about travel nursing. I would smile inside knowing that I am actually influencing other professionals now. My miracle is that I am the professional I wanted to be. I'm actually liking myself a lot more ever since I became a traveler.

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

Travel nursing gave me autonomy and mastery. I am a professional. I don’t complain. I survive by concentrating on my strength. I actually have more time with my family ever since I became a traveler. Hard to believe, but it's true. Travel nursing taught me how to live again. My travels brought out the best in me and my family. We've been closer to one another and the hugs are tighter. I love it.