For Nurses Week, we thought we could get to know an amazing travel nurse who has overcome some unexpected challenges. Kerri Gogarty is a hard working nurse with a passion for travel and ambition to succeed. She recently experienced a terrifying situation where her car caught on fire. As we all know, cars are essential for travel nurses and this could have led to a disastrous assignment, but Kerri didn’t let it dampen her spirits. With the help and support of her recruiter, Jim Flatley, she was able to move forward and even made a new nurse friend! As we celebrate all nurses this week, we’re proud and honored to have such a fantastic nurse be a part of the Advanced family.
Get To Know Kerri
My name’s Kerri and I was born and raised in a small city outside of Daytona Beach, Florida called Ormond Beach. Growing up I loved animals and always wanted to help make the lives better for all living things. I originally wanted to become a veterinarian but after working in a vet clinic, I decided I wanted to go to school to become a nurse. After graduating in 2011 with an associate’s degree in nursing, I decided that I wanted to continue my education and climb the ladder. I received my bachelor’s in nursing in 2015 and started applying to grad schools. My ultimate goal was to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
Every year I make it a priority to travel at least twice. I enjoy traveling to the tropics in the summer and I love to spend time in the mountains during the winter. I’ve always had an adventurous soul and I decided to put grad school on hold to pursue my passion for nursing and travel. I feel like fate brought me and my recruiter Jim Flatley together. Not only did I find a wonderful business partner but I also found a friend. Jim and Advanced Travel Nursing have been by my side since day one through thick and thin. He worked tirelessly to find me the perfect job.
My first assignment has landed me 1,000 miles away from home in Pennsylvania. Getting there was no piece of cake and through all the times I felt like giving up, Jim pushed me to not quit and reminded me why I needed to fight for what I wanted. I’m so glad I did because I found an amazing experience at Geisinger Medical Center. About two weeks after getting here, I was starting to feel settled in and at home. Until April 23rd when I woke up to the sound of an explosion. When I looked outside, I saw my brand new SUV in flames. After the shock and panic subsided, I started to feel defeated and felt like it was a sign to go home. The support I received from Jim and my travel agency as well as friends and family was overwhelming. I went through a roller coaster of emotions but I stepped up and decided to not back down. Because of the fire, I met a wonderful friend whose vehicle was also involved and we click like we have known each other for years. She just so happens to be a travel nurse on assignment here as well. She will be a lifetime friend and we may even travel together.
My goal in life is to travel to as many places as I can and grow in the medical field. I would like to give a big thanks to Jim Flatley and all of Advanced Travel Nursing for helping me make this happen.