Travel Nurse Hanna C. – “I feel so lucky and privileged to have gotten the vaccine when everyone deserves to have it.”
Hanna went to nursing school in Hawaii before becoming a staff Tele/MedSurg nurse in her home state of Oregon. A few years later, she took her very first travel nursing assignment in California with Emerald travel nurse recruiter Eliza Dawson (who she’s worked with ever since!).
Prone to adventure, Hanna even took a brief break from domestic travel nursing to accept a year-long international nursing position in Saudi Arabia where she worked on a special unit for royal family members, diplomats and elected officials.
By the way – when we interviewed Hanna for this article, she was driving home from helicopter pilot flight training. Helicopter. Pilot. Training.
*Stares into space and wonders what I’m doing with my life*
Hanna has been working on travel nursing jobs since COVID began gripping the U.S., and she is currently working on night shift in her hospital’s Tele unit. Here is what she had to say about her experience receiving the COVID vaccination while on travel nursing assignment:
When did you receive the vaccine? Any side effects?
I got my first vaccine shot in December 2020, and the second shot was 21 days later in January 2021. The facility where I am a travel nurse announced that all staff would be getting the vaccine, even travelers, which was exciting. I experienced no side effects, and the process of getting vaccinated was quick and efficient. I’m now completely vaccinated, so I’m feeling a big chunk of weight off of my shoulders.
As a travel nurse, how did the news that you’d be getting the COVID vaccine make you feel?
What advice would you give another clinician who is still waiting on the vaccine, or the general public who has not yet received?
Having friends and family who haven’t been able to get the vaccine yet makes me feel so lucky and privileged to have gotten it when everyone deserves to have it.
I know that many people have felt let down that haven’t been able to receive the vaccine yet because there weren’t enough. To all the people who are waiting: it will be worth it!
To the people who are afraid of getting the vaccine: I encourage you to read an academic review or medical journal and get more than one point of view. Educate yourself, talk to more experts. It’s absolutely worth it.