My Travel Nursing Story

By Leah Gnitka

I just started travel nursing last August and it has been the best experience so far! My first assignment was in West Virginia, and the state pleasantly surprised me! I heard stories about how people don’t wear shoes there and don’t have teeth. But what I found out for myself was how nice everyone was and how beautiful the state is! In West Virginia I learned to live outside of my comfort zone.


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I climbed Seneca rocks, went hiking by myself, chased waterfalls, and BASE jumped off a bridge! I met so many wonderful people and saw so many beautiful views during my stay there. But most importantly I learned the mentality of “you only live once.” I used to be scared to do things by myself.

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I used to be scared of heights. But in West Virginia I learned to push myself to my limits because I knew I might not have that opportunity again. The results when I pushed myself were wonderful. I wouldn’t have had as many adventures if I didn’t learn to push myself. So here’s to more solo hikes and jumping off high objects!

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