An Animal Lover with Great Advice for Nurse Travelers

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 Shelby Sutherland, Senior Recruiter at Next Move.

Shelby Sutherland, a recruiter with over 4 years of experience, is from Quincy, Illinois.

When asked to describe one of her career highlights, Shelby had two notable moments:

1. Not too long ago I helped a soon-to-be mother land the perfect assignment so she could easily take off a significant amount of time after the birth of her baby without suffering financially.

2. After one of the hurricanes last season, I sent an RN down to an assignment in Florida to help with the hurricane relief. She later conveyed to me it was one of the greatest experiences of her life and was so appreciative that she was able to go down there and provide help. That made me feel like this job isn’t just about finding the best jobs for the best people, but this job has a direct impact on the lives of the people in the communities we serve.

An Animal Lover

Shelby is an animal lover at heart and starts and ends each day by taking her dog Ellie for a walk in the woods where his favorite pastime is chasing down all the goats, horses, ducks and chickens they run across.

After a very exhilarating walk, Shelby will feed Ellie along with her kittens, and have a little breakfast herself. Then it’s off to the races with work where Shelby is never to be seen again (minus a small break for lunch and another exhilarating walk with Ellie) until around 5pm(ish).

Shelby will then usually have some dinner and relax for the evening with her animals multitasking between watching Netflix, planning her next travel adventure and catching up with friends online.

One Piece of Advice for Nurses Considering Traveling

When asked what one piece was of advice she’d give to a nurse considering traveling Shelby had this to say: Don’t be afraid to ask questions even if they sound silly. You want to make sure you’re 100% comfortable and confident with your agency. Transparency is key.

More About Shelby

Coffee or Tea

Favorite Food
Steak and potatoes

Favorite Movie
Pure Country

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
I do everything left-handed except for writing.

How do you think your colleagues would describe you?
That I’m a chatterbox.

What do you want to make sure you do before you die?
Spend all of my money on whatever I want.

What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year?
Have my bathrooms remodeled.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is:
You are where you are because of your actions.

What is one of the most defining moments in your life?
As of now, graduating college.

Why did you choose your profession?
My parents are in the healthcare field and I’ve always found it very interesting. I can’t stand the sight of blood, so I decided to go the agency route.

At the end of the day – what makes you smile?
My animals. 🙂

Cats or dogs?

My favorite word in the English language is:

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:

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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