The Advanced Travel Nursing team is filled with fun-loving, kind-hearted, and passionate people. Today we are shining the light on Paul Ulrich, a Senior Nursing Recruiter and Mentor. Anyone who knows Paul knows he’s all Midwestern charm and generosity, but we’ll let him speak for himself.
What do you love about your job?
When I help a nurse find the adventure of a lifetime, I feel like I get to go on one myself. I love vicariously through my travelers and it is awesome. My job also gives me the flexibility I need to build real relationships with my nurses and that makes it all the more meaningful.
What makes you unique as a recruiter?
Last week on Friday, I went to one of my traveler’s homes to feed his cat while he was out of town. I go out of my way to make a connection that’s valuable to me and my nurses. I’ve seen about 7 of my travel nurses just this year and I know I will see more before the year is up. It’s all about the long-lasting friendships to me.
What’s your favorite traveler story?
I had a nurse who was a little reluctant to move from the East Coast to the West Coast, but when she did, she had the time of her life. These are the success stories that really stand out to me. Sometimes nurses just need a little nudge to come out of their comfort zones. And I love it when they do that and find personal and professional success.
Do you have any advice for travelers?
I’d like to tell new travel nurses to work hard. If bring a good work ethic to your facility, great references and experience will follow. This will allow you to get the assignments you want when it comes to location or pay. You may start out somewhere you wouldn’t have seen yourself, but the flexibility will definitely pay-off sooner than you think!
How do you spend your time when you’re not recruiting?
When I’m not connecting with nurses you can find me on a mountain hiking, skiing, or camping. My dog, Chumby, is my best buddy and you’ll find him by my side pretty much everywhere, even the golf course! I also go back to South Dakota a couple times a year to spoil my nieces and nephews.