Based in our Portland office, Lisa Ross is our first nursing recruiter to be featured in 2018! Lisa is a hard working recruiter that loves using her multiple skills to be a strong resource for her nurses and surgical techs. She’s an adventurous foodie, and if you’re ever in Portland, she can tell you where to find the best donuts around. Get to know Lisa and get started on your travel nursing journey!
Meet Lisa Ross
What do you love about your job?
I have always been an extroverted people person so I love that I get to work with people from all over the country. It’s crazy the relationships you can develop with people simply over the phone. I also love that my job allows me to wear many hats. My days never look the same. I am constantly being challenged and motivated to become more knowledgeable and resourceful in my field.
What makes you unique as a recruiter?
I believe communication is key. I pride myself in being very honest and transparent with my travelers. I don’t run away from challenges. I embrace them. My travelers know they can come to me with the good, the bad and the ugly and that I will always give 110% to find a solution that benefits them. I will be your biggest cheerleader and advocate. It’s important to realize we are humans helping humans.
What’s your favorite traveler story?
It is so hard to think of just one but my favorite memory was being able to grab brunch with one of my travelers while she was on assignment here in Portland, OR. It never felt like this was the first time we met in person. It was as if two life long friends were picking right up where they left off. We ate great food, had great conversation and laughed, a lot, which was pretty typical for the two of us. My other favorite moments always include “cry-laughing” on the phone with my travelers, which honestly happens quite often.
Do you have any advice for travelers?
Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. No question is too small or silly. Any good recruiter is happy to be a resource for you and guide you through the exciting world of travel nursing. You are about to make a big decision and a leap of faith into a brand new hospital, city and state. I am here for my nurses every step of the way because I value you as a real human. Sometimes I think we all forget we are just humans navigating this crazy world together.
How do you spend your time when you’re not recruiting?
I am a huge foodie. I love exploring new places within Portland and traveling to new places worldwide. My trips usually focus on the best food spots. Let’s go to New Orleans to eat beignets, Hawaii to eat fresh poke and Germany to eat donor kababs. And as much as I love to explore, I am also a very contradicting homebody. My soul is happy for rainy days cuddled up on the couch with my fiance and new puppy, which happen very frequently as it rains 220 days a year in Portland!