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Arizona Travel Assignment
Bijan and I were lucky to score our first travel assignment in the location that we had wanted! We were aiming to start our careers as travel nurses in the Phoenix area of Arizona because Bijan has a brother that lives there, and tons of aunts, uncles and cousins as well. Not to mention, February to May is the perfect time to be there. We got travel assignments working at Chandler Regional Medical Center in Chandler, AZ starting in February 2019. With the help of Bijan’s amazing auntie, we were able to find a 3 month lease at an apartment complex a few miles from the hospital, and his aunts lent us all of the furniture and housewares that we could need. Once we were all moved in, we started working, and Charley starting attending an awesome doggy daycare! We worked on different units at the hospital, but worked day shifts and, for the most part, the same schedule. With the first travel assignment came lots of anxiety, stress, and some tears, but we powered through the difficult first month, and made it through the entire assignment, even extending by a few weeks into mid-May. We actually ended up really enjoying working at this hospital and loved living in Arizona.
Aside from work, Bijan, Charley and I went on some pretty great day hikes and weekend adventures. We also had some visitors and got to spend some time with AZ family. Here are a few of our favorite memories from our travel assignment in Arizona. It is really difficult to pick just a few!
These were only a few of the highlights of our assignment. We did a lot while we were there and we really tried to take advantage of every day off – as if every day was a vacation!
Bijan and I had our sights set on Seattle for the summer. We came to the last week of our AZ assignment with no job offers despite applying for several jobs in WA. Fortunately we got a phone call for a phone interview for the float pool at Harborview Medical Center that last week (we were planning on heading there jobless anyways). We were reluctant to take the jobs because neither of us had worked in a float pool before, but we had no other options, so we took the jobs! And off we went to Seattle. Next blog post, I will write about our drive from Phoenix to Seattle! Thanks for reading 🙂