Former Marine with a Strong Desire to Meet "The Rock".

In building relationships with our nurses and premier healthcare institutions throughout the Midwest we know it’s important to put a human face to who we are, how we work, what inspires us, and more! We’re pleased to we’d like to introduce you to Drew Coleman, Managing Partner Next Move.

Drew who hails from Houston, Texas, comes with a background in hospitality and start-ups and is one of our strongest business development professionals – which should come as no surprise considering he’s a former Sergeant in the Marine Corps. We’re pretty sure no one here at the office would have been able to complete the Marine Corp boot-camp!

A Typical Day

A typical day for Drew begins at 7:30am with his favorite beverage of choice, cold-brew coffee, and then he’s in the office by 8:00am. He’ll lunch at noon, “as long as I don’t forget” and end his day at the gym. For some reason Drew thinks Pinot Noir is a “protein shake” – and that’s his after-gym snack, along with dinner while he winds down for the evening binging on whatever strikes his fancy: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime TV. He’s also a large connoisseur of YouTube videos and will usually multi-task: watching random cat videos while returning late night emails.

Memorable Career Moment

We asked Drew what one of his most memorable career highlights was and he told us of a time a contract was suddenly canceled on one of his travel nurses – with bills to pay and no money coming, this nurse was in a precarious financial situation. Drew, along with the rest of the team at Next Move put their heads together, and found a brand-new contract for this nurse, at an even higher pay rate than they had previously had. “It was one of those moments where I remembered why I got into this business to begin with. Where else can you get excited to make other people more money?” added Drew.

John, who was born in Joplin, right here in the beautiful state of Missouri, is the former Vice President of Heartland Healthcare Providers and has been in the travel nursing business for over 5 years.

Career Highlights Boil Down to the Nurses Themselves

When asked about any “career highlights” he’d like to share, John said it really just boils down to the nurses themselves.

“Those moments that I find the most rewarding are the ones where I take several months getting to know a new traveler, helping them to understand and get comfortable with the idea of travel nursing and placing them in their first assignment. It’s a big team cheer when that nurse gets their first paycheck (usually double whatever rate they’d earned before) and sends me a text that simply says: THANK YOU. I love all caps.”

Pay Off School Loans, Get Rid of Debt, Work Close to Home

John continued with “Success for them, is success for all of us here at Next Move. We have travelers that come to us wanting to pay off their nursing school student loans in less than a year and messaging us a year later saying, “Mission Accomplished.” We have travelers coming to us looking for assignments close to home so they can spend time with their family and messaging us a week into their first assignment with a picture of their family and the words “No place like home.” We have travelers still in nursing school – looking to find an assignment to complete their clinicals and messaging us a few months later a screenshot of their nursing degree.”

Best Piece of Advice – Ever

When asked what the best piece of advice he’d ever been given, Drew shared: “Wipe your feet at the door, figuratively and literally.”

Advice for Nurses Interested in Traveling?

When asked what advice he’d give a nurse who was interested in travelling: “Question us, question your current agency, question everything. Go with the most transparent people….and the people that want to have the most fun.”

Number One Goal in Life

Drew, who’s number one goal in life is to meet ‘The Rock’ (Dwayne Johnson), is described by his colleagues as someone who keeps everyone guessing and on their toes. “He’s never the same Drew twice. It’s his powerful, and amusing talent for sarcasm, we can never quite be sure if he’s serious or not…but maybe?”

At the end of the day what makes Drew happier than a bird with a french fry is “a nice patio, and a nicer bottle of wine.”

More about Drew

Favorite Food

Variety of Burgers

Favorite Movie

True Romance

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I have only one artistic talent, sarcasm.

What is one of the most defining moments in your life?

Finishing the Marine Corps boot camp.

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?

Is Dexter really coming back to Showtime?

Cats or dogs?

I’m a fan of both, but a happy dog is one of the best things in life.

My favorite word in the English language is:


If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:

Eating whatever I want with no negative impact on my health.

What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?

Finding clients that may not be looking for a change, but maybe they deserve one.

About Next Move

Unlike the huge multi-million-dollar nurse travel staffing agencies we’re a local, tightly run agency that focuses on assignments the Midwest. Some of us are nurses ourselves, so we really “get it” when it comes to the realities of being a nurse. And there is a lot of satisfaction in being a part of an organization that really, honestly, truly cares about the happiness and well-being of our nurses.

Regardless of title, we all work together on every assignment to deliver the best results for our nurses. We take the time to not only get to know the needs of our travel nurses as individuals, but also to develop relationships with premier healthcare institutions throughout the Midwest. Often times these institutions will come to us first with exclusive contracts because of the incredible partnerships we’ve cultivated with them.

We operate under one guiding principle: give nurse travelers the best travel assignments with the highest pay and the most personalized recruitment experience possible. If that means we get a text from a nurse traveler at 4:32 am. We answer that text at 4:32 am. If that means a nurse traveler wants an assignment that’s only 32 hours a week, we find them that assignment. If that means a nurse is looking to make upwards of $3,000 a week – we bend over backwards to make that happen.

Our obligation to our travelers is quite simple:

  • Always give our travelers the best possible offer the first time, no low ball offers with full transparency and zero bullshit.

  • Be our travelers best advocate and make sure each assignment gives them exactly what they need. Specific days off? No problem. Block scheduling? No problem. Limited hours? No problem.

  • Make each of our individual travelers our top priority and be available to them any time of day or night.

Constantly growing and building, we also have relationships with healthcare institutions throughout the country. Interested? Contact us today!

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