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Using technology to help navigate your way to your next travel nurse assignment: Part II

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In my last post I wrote about the many advantages a travel nurse can have by purchasing a GPS system for their cars, and touched briefly on the usefulness of a having a smartphone as well. For anyone venturing across the country, or across town for that matter, will quickly discover how great having a “co-pilot” in a GPS system really is. I don’t own one personally, but have used them in many a car rental and I have to say, a traveling nurse would be silly not to get one of these for their travels.

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox await traveling nurses in Klamath, California

When driving on Highway 101 through the redwoods, you can't miss the Trees of Mystery.

With all the technology available today, it is easy to just let the computers do all the work. But there’s nothing like opening a road atlas and mapping out the route yourself. But,  it’s when you get into these strange cities that the GPS really starts to pay off. It can help you navigate around construction, or find you the fastest route and even lead you through the most scenic of drives. Garmin, a brand of GPS systems has software available for download to update their systems with scenic drives called, Mad Maps. There are also a host of websites that will like Road Trip USA and Rand McNally that will help you map out scenic drives. If you’re already planning on making a trip out of it, why not stop by some local haunts or other famous stops along the way? Check out the site, Roadside America for strange and unique roadside tourist attractions and if you’re on the road and getting hungry, go to Roadfood.com. Here’s where you’ll find the best local cuisine available wherever you may be in the US.

As a traveling nurse, it would be wise to invest in the latest technology available, especially if you’re traveling alone. Not only will these phones, GPS systems, laptops, etc. help you get to where you’re going safely. It can also make the drive seem like less of a task and more of an adventure. After all, isn’t that what being a travel nurse is all about? You’re not about staying in one place doing the same thing. No, you’re built for the unknown. Adventure is what you crave! So make the most of it and take some time off to see and do some of the local things you’ll come across on your way to your next assignment.

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About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions and am going on my 3rd year as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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