Author Archive: Amanda West

I have a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and currently practice as a certified pediatric nurse in Atlanta, GA. For several years now, I’ve had the privilege of being asked to precept nursing students and new graduates. It’s the best! On so many occasions I’ve watched the confidence boost happen as students and new grads realize, “I can do this”!. To be able to provide guidance and have colleagues remember me as their preceptor has made my job all the more gratifying. In 2010, I was presented a hospital-wide award by the CEO for demonstrating the organizations core values: excellence, integrity, nurturing, respect and teamwork. I love caring for my patients, bright days, laughing with my colleagues and spending time with my family. Most of all, I love being a nurse! It has given me joy, laughter and a sense of teamwork and purpose on so many occasions. My hope is to show others just what makes nursing so unique. Visit me at

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Travel Nursing 101: A Solid Contract

Travel Nursing 101: A Solid Contract

Let’s talk about your assignment contract! This is the single most important document of your travel nurse assignment. It’s ironclad and often non-negotiable. You and your recruiter will discuss requested time off, overtime, etc. But, if you remember nothing else, remember that if it is not in your contract, it does not exist! In the […]