Talented Rapper, Margarita Maker and Compliance Expert

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 Taylor McLaughlin a Compliance Manager at Next Move.

Taylor, a born and raised Missourian, who comes to us with over 5 years of experience, will be managing compliance across the organization. She will maintain Next Move’s legal and ethical integrity and ensure that company policy is being followed by all team members.

Prior to Next Move

Prior to Next Move, Taylor worked as a Field Training Manager and says one of her career highlights was when she hired over 250 people for a new store opening, memorized everyone’s name, and made sure payroll was 100% compliant during her entire tenure.

Margarita Time!

And while Taylor may have a knack for remembering names and making sure everything’s compliant – those extraordinary skills do not translate to the kitchen: “I can literally burn/ruin almost any food I try to cook” says Taylor. “It’s a good thing my husband is a fantastic cook. I do, however, make amazing margaritas, because heck: when life gives you ‘limes.’ make margaritas!”

Life Defining Moment

Born in Sedalia, Missouri, Taylor says one of the most defining moments of her life was when she took a position that tested her comfort zone and skipped out on utilizing her degree in elementary education. “Out of that leap came some of the best friends, travel opportunities and positions that led me to where I am today.”

One Piece of Advice for Nurses Considering Traveling?

When asked what one piece of advice she’d give to a nurse considering traveling she said: “Do it. You miss 100% of the opportunities you don’t take. If being a traveling nurse isn’t for you, at least you tried with an awesome company that will take care of you.”

Taylor who is a lover of all animals and spends a few nights a week volunteering at the local animal shelter says that her career in compliance sort of chose her. “I tried going back to school for healthcare but quite honestly, I’m terrified of needles. Working with a travel nurse agency is the next best thing! At least if it’s red I know I can solve it – and not pass out from it. Ha!”

Here’s Caleb in his own words:

If you’re here because you’re interested in getting to know who this guy is that thinks he can call himself an expert in travel nursing – then keep reading!

About Me

My name is Caleb Skyles and I’ve been an RN for 7 years, 5 of which I’ve been traveling (and still am!) but now I’m also a full-time travel nurse recruiter.

I wrote this piece so that (a) you can see that I’m a real life human being, and (b)  I get a lot of questions from staff nurses and travel nurses alike about everything from what it’s like to be a traveler to how much money to do I really make to how I got started traveling.

So let’s just start there…

How I Got My First Travel Nursing Job

First, I chose the nursing profession, like many of us, because I knew it was one of the few degrees where I’d almost be guaranteed a job straight out of college. I also knew the profession offered a large variety of different skilled positions. So, if I ever became bored or unhappy with one role – I could always up my skill set and switch roles.

But back in 2015, after 2-years of being a staff nurse, I took my first travel nursing assignment at hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. I became friends with a fellow travel nurse who turned me on to the idea and introduced me to her recruiter. From there, as they say, the rest is history!

Over the course of the last 5 years I’ve worked 14 contracts (most of them 13-weeks long) and lived everywhere from Augusta, Georgia all the way across to San Diego, California and a dozen places in between.

The Best Part of Being a Travel Nurse

When you’re a travel nurse, your profession is really as both a traveler and a nurse.

As a nurse I’d say one of my best moments, and it’s really hard to choose just one (but this has stuck with me for years) is when I was riding in the back of an ambulance to manage a critically ill patient while I was on assignment in Maine. It was something I had never done before, so it was super exciting, and the patient had a good outcome, so of course it’s a good memory.

As a traveler some of my best moments are the countless concerts I’ve attended while on assignment (like in Austin), the dozens of sunsets I’ve seen over the Pacific (while working in San Diego) and the many gorgeous sunrises I’ve seen rise over the Atlantic (like my time spent in Charleston).

As the combination travel nurse I’d have to say the best part is the cumulation of all the skills I’ve obtained by repeatedly walking into a new environment and being expected to be an asset on day one. A huge challenge that I’ve always found really exciting. Mainly because I love what I do – and am proud to be that great asset for any patient care team.

More about Taylor

Coffee or Tea
Both, coffee in the AM, tea in the PM

Favorite Food

Favorite Movie
The Proposal

What’s a typical day like for you?
Wake up, hit snooze several times, read The Skimm, meditate, get ready for the day and then start working (usually from home but sometimes at the office). Eat lunch, continue working through the end of the workday. Add in some volunteering at the animal shelter or walking some pups a few nights a week. Have dinner with my husband. He cooks. I, for reasons previously mentioned, do not. Watch a movie or a show together, pamper myself (I’m a firm believer in treating yourself), play a game on my phone, then head to bed.

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
I can rap. My feet are almost as dexterous as my hands.

How do you think your colleagues would describe you?
A multitasker and hard worker. A steel trap and proofreading extraordinaire.

What do you want to make sure you do before you die?
Visit all 50 states and every continent, at least once.

What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year?
Learn conversational Italian and start a garden once my husband and I move into our first home.

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
What really happened to Marilyn Monroe?

At the end of the day – what makes you smile?
A patio, pretty sunset, a glass of wine and good company.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs, but I really love ALL animals.

My favorite word in the English language is:
Family, because family is what you make it. Friends, immediate family members, pets, and even co-workers can become family.

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:
Teleportation because I love to travel. It would be awesome to be in KC one minute, then snap my fingers or wiggle my nose, and be anywhere in the world.

What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?
I’m great at bringing clarity to situations. While I’m unable to make a decision on what I want for dinner, give me someone else with an issue and I can be a word of wisdom or an unbiased opinion.

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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