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2006 Travelers of the Year Awards

Please join us in celebrating 89 exceptional clinicians who embrace the mobile lifestyle in this, Healthcare Traveler's fifth annual Travelers of the Year Awards. Each of these remarkable travelers will receive a signature lead crystal award, personalized certificate, and copies of this special issue.

As in recent years, we asked staffing company representatives to nominate one nurse and/or one allied healthcare professional who they felt best demonstrates excellence in healthcare and exemplifies the spirit of travel. What characteristics qualify mobile providers for their companies' distinction of Traveler of the Year? Recruiters consistently cited flexibility, dependability, loyalty, and work ethic as determining factors. Positive client evaluations, repeated requests for contract extensions by facility administrators, length of service, and successful referrals also influenced staffing executives' choices.

Our annual event illustrates the valued relationship between recruiters, travelers, and assignment facilities. Read on as Healthcare Traveler presents accolades from recruiters and clients alike—and pays tribute to the "best of the best."

Julie Allen, BSN, RN
Julie Allen, BSN, RN
National Healthcare Staffing
Specialty: Operating Room
Certification: CNOR
Years Traveling: 4
Years Traveling with Company: 2
Number of Assignments with Company: 10
Nominated by: Lori Press-Vidal, Senior Recruiter

"Julie is not only an exceptional nurse, she is also one of those rare individuals that a person hopes to meet in a lifetime. I've had the pleasure of working with her for over 3 years and believe she is an asset to the nursing profession and our company. We are proud to name Julie our 2006 Traveler of the Year."

Iris "Lynn" Ames, RN
Iris "Lynn" Ames, RN
InteliStaf Healthcare
Specialty: Intensive Care
Subspecialties: CVICU, MICU, Neuro ICU, SICU
Years Traveling: 5
Years Traveling with Company: 5
Number of Assignments with Company: 20
Nominated by: Margaret Wendell, Senior Recruiter

"Lynn embarked on her first travel job with our company in order to meet the needs of hospitals despite major world events happening at that time. A highly skilled intensive care nurse, Lynn has a positive attitude and expertise to facilitate any hospital's needs. Her travel assignments keep her close to family, which as a proud mother and grandmother, she enjoys. Lynn represents our company well and has improved patients' lives in many facilities."

Brian Araujo, MPT
Destination Healthcare Staffing
Discipline: Physical Therapy
Specialty: Outpatient Orthopedics
Years Traveling: 2
Years Traveling with Company: 2
Number of Assignments with Company: 10
Nominated by: Denese Nelson, Provider Representative

"In the past 2 years, Brian has completed 10 assignments from Arizona to North Carolina. He represents our company with the utmost professionalism. Our clients and patients praise Brian, and he is hands-down the best physical therapist we have worked with."

Kathy Walker, RN, is crazy about lighthouses. So when a travel assignment opened up at York Hospital—a cozy 79-bed facility in York, Maine—she knew she had to take it.

If asked to describe their personal company representatives with one word, a number of mobile nurses, therapists, and technologists might say, "lifeline." Never farther than a phone call away, exceptional recruiters are available to their travelers before contracts are signed, throughout assignments, and during time off, lending support whenever it's needed.

Jessica Newcomb, RN, is looking forward to the upcoming ski season in Denver. In fact, she extended her contract in order to remain in the city for the winter snow.

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