For the past two years, Carrie Dunwoody RN, BSN, has been a valuable member of the LRS Healthcare family. Carrie has helped recruiters and travelers alike navigate the travel world so that travelers have enjoyable experiences when working in facilities across the nation and recruiters can help them find an assignment that is a good match for their goals and their skillset. Read more about how Carrie has assisted in the adventures of travelers over the years.
Tell us about the moment you knew you wanted to become a nurse? What drew you to that field?
Carrie: There isn’t a set moment I can think of that made me want to become a nurse. From the get-go, I was always interested in the healthcare field. When I was in high school, I needed to have back surgery and had a phenomenal nurse take care of me. You could tell it was more than just a job and she really wanted to make sure I was okay and fully rehabilitated. I even remember her coming to my room and braiding my hair to make sure I felt my best and comfortable. That experience really opened my eyes to the career of becoming a nurse one day.
What was it like being a clinical nurse? What settings did you work in?
Carrie: The majority of my experience was bedside in the Emergency Department, pre-op, post-op, and rehabilitation. I thoroughly enjoyed bringing peace and comfort to situations that can be chaotic within the Emergency Department.
Did you ever consider becoming a travel nurse?
Carrie: Yes, I thought about it for a while. I worked in Scottsbluff, NE which is almost 7 hours west of home. I enjoyed working out there but really wanted to get back closer to home back in Omaha, NE. I was away from family and out on my own so I can relate to travelers when they go on travel assignments.
What roles did you have as a nurse in different facilities you worked for?
Carrie: I’ve always been interested in leadership positions and loved being a supervisor at one of the rehabilitation centers in Omaha. It was a good challenge for me to give advice and guidance to coworkers while still holding a leadership role. I really loved this role because I was able to explore the business side of nursing while still using my clinical knowledge daily.
What made you decide it was time to make the switch to a Clinical Nurse Liaison?
Carrie: That role in leadership and being able to give advice from my clinical experiences really helped me decide it was time to switch career paths. In my role at LRS Healthcare, I’m here to advocate for the nurse and set them up for success whether it be their first travel assignment, or they are struggling getting acclimated to a new facility. I’m here to let them vent about what’s going on and find a solution that will work for everyone involved.
What does your day to day look like?
Carrie: Most of my day is spent working with nurses on the phone to make sure they feel comfortable and confident in their travel assignments. If there’s a problem, I’m here to fix it and work with recruiters and account managers to coach them through how to be there for the nurse or traveler involved. We always like to hear from our travelers if they are needing advice when on assignment or looking for their next assignment wherever that may be. I like to offer coaching and resources to best help our travelers.
Is there anything you would like LRS travelers to know about you?
Carrie: I’m always here to be a resource and offer any form of guidance you may need. If you haven’t met me yet, feel free to reach out! I love meeting new travelers and learning more about their adventures on the road!