TRS Radio hosts Frank Whalen and Caleb English are bringing you an exclusive series of podcasts on the 8th Annual Travelers Conference. The conference will be at The Rio in Las Vegas on Sept. 14 and 15. This is the second episode in this series. Click here to listen now.
Frank and Caleb were thrilled to interview Candy Treft, ‘The Gypsy Nurse.’ Candy has been a Travel Nurse for 10 years and founded The Gypsy Nurse website and Facebook site, Travel Nurse Network. Candy is a founding board member of the Travelers Conference.
Candy has been a healthcare professional for nearly 20 years, working her way from CNA to LPN to RN before she started traveling in 2004. Her life changed forever when she accepted her first travel nursing assignment in Boston. The Boston assignment was only supposed to be for a summer, and she would go back to being a staff nurse. But she ended up staying eight months. Candy, a nurse from a small Indiana town, never looked back. “I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she said.
While travel nursing does come with its sacrifices, the rewarding experiences have more than paid off for her. Candy’s son lived with her as she traveled, and her daughter lived with her father. She missed events such as seeing her daughter off to the high school dance, but traveling has allowed her daughter to visit her throughout the country, giving them time to bond and develop a great relationship. “It’s a much different life experience,” she said.
Candy started The Gypsy Nurse website as a way to share information with fellow travelers. It’s also brought together travelers as a community. “It’s all about education and community,” she said. As an extension of her website, her Facebook site, Travel Nurse Network, allows travelers to come together, share experiences and seek advice. But nothing really compares to seeing your friends and fellow travelers face to face. This is where the Travelers Conference comes in to play.
Candy developed the idea for the conference while talking with fellow travelers and a travel accountant at a tax seminar in San Francisco. “We started talking about setting up a meet and greet,” she said. In a California hotel room, they established what would become the Travelers Conference. Over the years, the conference has changed venues and grown dramatically. More than 600 attendees are expected to come to the conference in September. It’s a once-a-year opportunity to meet with friends and allows travelers to learn new things and keep up with trends. The top thing Candy is looking forward to is meeting everyone.
Don’t miss a minute of this episode of TRS Radio! You’ll learn so much, including travel tips and advice, Candy’s first travel assignment with her restored RV and a tragic update on a hitch hiking robot. Click here to listen now.