Based out of our Portland office, Sean loves working with adventurous nurses and preparing them for their travel contracts. He believes in getting to know his nurses in order to find them the perfect job. When he’s not connecting with awesome RNs, he’s experimenting in the kitchen, hiking, and trying the local cuisine of wherever he’s visiting.
Get To Know Sean Silverstein
What do you love about your job?
Recruiting is a rollercoaster with many unexpected twists and turns. And I love rollercoasters. But seriously, I love that no matter what I am doing, I have the unique opportunity to connect with nurses as a profession. There aren’t a whole lot of folks who get to say they talk to nurses all day for a living. I love that I get to be the eyes and the ears, the advisor and the confidante for some of the most interesting and caring personalities in any profession.
What makes you unique as a career consultant?
Some folks simply want to know what time it is; I want to know how the watch works. If a nurse tells me they aren’t interested in a job, I want to know – I need to know – why. What kind of people do you get along with, where do you spend time when you aren’t working, are you a dog person or a cat person? The more I get to know the travelers I work with, the easier it is for me to step into their shoes when looking for jobs and to prepare them for what to expect when they are in a new location, at a new hospital. The nurses I have found I get along with best have been those who share my hunger for knowledge and understanding. And I have an unparalleled wonton recipe that I only share with my favorite and most trusted travel nurses.
How do you spend your time when you’re not recruiting?
I constantly experiment with food. Currently, I am learning how to hand make pasta. Aside from cooking, I enjoy building anything from TV stands to computer cases to bedframes. My next project involves layering wood and acrylic to depict the topography of Manzanita, one of my favorite coastlines in Oregon. When I travel, I like to hike and explore the local cuisine wherever I find myself. And my Sunday mornings are occupied by coffee, donuts, and crossword puzzles.
What’s your favorite traveler story?
One of my travelers is now a good friend of mine and we had a chance to meet in person last year. We both ended up going to Austin City Limits and a big group of us ended up having a blast out there. She and her sister showed us all the secret hangouts and best restaurants in Austin. Turns out there is a speakeasy disguised as a VHS repair shop out there. It is not often that we get to take advantage of the friendships we form in this line of work, and having the chance to meet one my friends I’ve made through my experience as a recruiter has been unforgettable.
Do you have any advice for nurses new to travel?
Take advantage of being a stranger in a strange land. What a fantastic opportunity to find out what you do and do not like than to experience something both new and familiar for 3-6 months at a time. Get to know everyone you work with. Be a tourist. You are adventurous enough to step outside of your bubble, why not take that extra step to make as many friends and do as many new things as you can along the way?