Our Career Consultant Spotlight for February is: Krystle Johnston! Krystle is based in our Colorado office and enjoys everything from skiing to relaxing at home playing video games. Her Siberian Husky, Nymeria Arya Johnston, keeps her company through thick and thin. Krystle understands that traveling to a new assignment can be daunting, so she focuses on being a support system for her travel nurses.
If you feel pressured by your recruiter to take an opening or even just to submit, if they get upset because you got an offer for your dream contract through a different agency and they aren’t congratulating you, they don’t have your best interest in mind.
Get To Know Krystle Johnston
What do you love about your job?
What’s not to love about my job? I seriously have the best job ever. I work with some of the best nurses, who I call friends above all else. All in all I get to talk to my friends all day and find them awesome paying contracts all across the US. I believe the recruiter/nurse relationship is the most important thing in the contracting world. Sometimes being in a new area can be scary at first and you need someone that will be there for you to help conquer any fears you have. It’s nice to have a friend in your corner always rooting for you. The best way to look at this career is how my nurses don’t work for me and I don’t work for them. We work together to get to where we need to be!
What makes you unique as a career consultant?
I’m seriously available to all my travelers 24/7. If you’ve ever had a recruiter that takes days, weeks, or even months to get back to, you will never have that issue with me. All my travelers get my personal number in case they need anything on my off hours. My travelers are real to me and not just a name on paper. Once you’re on assignment you can always count on hearing from me weekly to make sure everything is going well on assignment and in your life in general.
What’s your favorite traveler story?
My favorite story definitely involves love and Hawaii. This travel was one of my adventurers. To start off he went kayaking in one of the most dangerous areas of Maui, so he could take some amazing photos! His kayak ends up hitting a rock and splitting in half, cell phone gets flooded! He was stranded for 24hrs and finally was care flighted out with no injuries or harm! Scary right? Well he became a feature in Maui news. So kind of a big deal. Later he ends up falling madly in love with another traveler and I was his person, he was able to confide in, while he was on a new journey falling love. They both went perm at Kaiser in Maui, but plan to travel with me again once they want a break from Hawaii. I still get photos of the two of them as they checkout the Northern Lights in Alaska and all their other vacations. Both amazing nurses.
Do you have any advice for nurses new to travel?
Life is an adventure so jump in and experience travel. Whatever the reason for exploring contracts, being near family for a few months, wanting to pay off debt and put money in your bank account, or even if it’s to check out a facility before going perm, there are options for everyone. Find a recruiter you connect with and trust. I might not be the best fit for every nurse out there, but there’s definitely a recruiter for every type of nurse and personality. Find one that will walk you through the process and answer any and all questions. Also, choose a recruiter that has your best interest at mind. If you feel pressured by your recruiter to take an opening or even just to submit, if they get upset because you got an offer for your dream contract through a different agency and they aren’t congratulating you, they don’t have your best interest in mind. Travel when you have some good experience under your belt so you have more options and can find a good fit!
How do you spend your time when you’re not recruiting?
I spend most of my time with my Siberian Husky, Nymeria Arya Johnston, she has been with me through the good and bad times. I also spend a ton of time with my boyfriend and his daughter. From skiing to camping to lazy nights of watching movies or playing video games I like to stay busy. My family is mostly in Texas and Canada so living in the middle, I don’t get to see them as much as I like, but when I get to visit, I stick to my niece like glue.