First Assignment

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.

My fur baby, Piper and me exploring trails while at my first assignment in Lewisburg, PA
My fur baby, Piper and me exploring trails while at my first assignment in Lewisburg, PA

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.

My boyfriend, Jeff and myself. He's starting Physician Assistant school at The University of Pittsburgh this year! I'm fortunate that he is supporting the path I have chosen. So proud :)
My boyfriend, Jeff and myself. He’s starting Physician Assistant school at The University of Pittsburgh this year! I’m fortunate that he is supporting the path I have chosen. So proud 🙂

 

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