Despite the fact that I just started my first assignment as a traveling PA, I feel like it has been a lifetime because I spent so much time preparing and researching in the process to make this switch. The first position I took out of school was a great experience and I loved my co-workers. My supervising physician’s were very in to teaching me and supportive and I will always be thankful to them. If you need a PCP in Pittsburgh hit me up and I can refer you–I would let them treat my loved ones which I think says a lot. However, I had personal factors driving my decision to take the route as a traveling PA and I do think it’s going to be great decision for advancing my career and from a financial standpoint. The representative I work with from Barton Associates (Steve, God love him for dealing with me) told me I asked more questions than anyone he has ever worked with before. If you are considering doing the travel thing I can hook you up with him, he is great at his job. Anyways, there was a lot to consider–but I’m really glad I’m here.
So, where is here? Currently, I’m in central PA within the Geisinger health system (there are various locations and I will refrain from saying exactly which location in case I share experiences under my “knowledge bomb” tab–cause you know HIPPA is a thing).
I was really reluctant to move from the city life of Pittsburgh to well an area where the closest Starbucks is 20 miles away (At least I think that is how far it is–I haven’t been to one since I got here which is probably good for my pocketbook). A great number of locum’s positions are in what we call “rural areas”. I previously lived in Pittsburgh for 8-9 years and was kind of terrified at not having certain amenities at my finger tips. I told Steve as long as there was a CrossFit gym, I was ok with it. I can say this–I DO NOT miss sitting in 45 minutes of traffic to go 7 miles. I was working 8 hour days, but putting in 10 with travel time. So far I am loving my position. There is a lot more independence and I’m dealing with a higher level of acuity patients, while this is some what scary–its exciting and a good kind of scary because I am learning so much. I’m also working 12 hour night shifts which is a completely different job. I thrive on new situations and love exploring new places, even if it is the middle of no where 🙂 As you can see in the picture below the main attraction is farm land, barns, silo’s and cows.
I bring my dog everywhere. She is seriously my fur baby and I’m so glad I have her right now. I left a lot of people I love back in Pittsburgh, who I am lucky to have supporting me wherever I go.