“When I said hello, it was Mike, a TruStaff travel nurse company recruiter who asked if I’d be interested in travel nursing. I’d been thinking about it for a while, often putting this career choice on the back burner until my children were older and more settled, Jenipher(Jenna) Roxbury, RN explained. “I said yes because I knew travel nursing would be a good fit for me and it is. I enjoy being in a hospital environment where I can learn and gain more nursing skills, and I crave change because that’s when I’m at my very best; I love the idea of having a new job experience every three months because sometimes holding onto your comfort zone does more damage than letting go.” Presently Roxbury, an experienced pediatric nurse, is completing her first assignment at the Renown Hospital in Reno, NV. In the future she may have a variety of job choices as she’s certified in pediatric nursing, emergency pediatric nursing, pediatric hematology/oncology and pre hospital trauma and life support.
The opportunity to embrace a travel career is a new beginning for Roxbury after her battle with breast cancer last year. After volunteering at children’s orphanages in Nepal during December 2015, Roxbury returned home to Las Vegas, feeling good about her Nepal experience but missing the children she met there. Just after her arrival home Roxbury was momentarily stunned when her doctor told her she had breast cancer and her surgical choices included removal of the cancerous breast without removal of the other breast, the rationale being the second breast may or may not remain cancer free. Roxbury chose to have both breasts removed on March 30, 2016, a difficult decision at best.
Although breast surgery and reconstruction were not only painful and time consuming, Roxbury continued working as a pediatric emergency room nurse at Summerlin Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV. “There were times when I had to take off from work during my recovery period as I needed to unwind from the responsibilities of work and home; I needed to take time out to care for myself.” she said. “Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it. it’s all we’ve got. I had a
choice and decided to follow a quote I read in Shawshank Redemption. I could get busy living or get busy dying. I wanted to live and decided to do what makes me feel fulfilled by taking chances to grab onto life experiences in the here and now,” she said. “I have been advised by my doctor that I am now 99 percent cancer free.”
She enjoys the diversity that a travel nursing career provides and Roxbury commented that she looks forward to witnessing a variety of settings from small towns to bigger cities and the chance to experience America first-hand.
An accomplished outdoor enthusiast, she enjoys canyoneering and rappelling and “other thrill seeking activities and sports.” Canyoneering is the sport of going downward through steep and narrow canyons into holes in the ground that are dry or full of water”, she explained. “We wear a harness and rappel down a rope.” This sport may require the inclusion of other types of outdoor sports, such as, hiking, boulder hopping and rock climbing. Rappelling is the art of moving yourself downward from steep canyons and requires wearing a double rope device that’s secured above you and is worn around your body. “During the past four years, I’ve travelled with canyoneering friends throughout the Southwest including Zion National Park in Utah”, Roxbury said, “I’ve been to Zion hundreds of times. To me, canyoneering and rappelling are fun and unique experiences that challenge me to enjoy the adventure and excitement of these sports in places where the beauty of nature surrounds me.” She agreed these sports are not for the faint-hearted.
On a more personal note, Roxbury’s travel nursing assignments will include Cody Moyer, her boyfriend and travel companion; plans are in place to purchase a van that’s both reliable as a travel vehicle and large enough to accommodate her two children from time to time. Preston, her son, is six years old and Hunter, her daughter, is 18 and currently completing her high school educational requirements on-line. Both children live with their Dads in Las Vegas, Roxbury’s hometown.
Her advice for nurses who are considering a travel nurse career is “Go for it what do you have to lose?”