When I first signed on with Unity Point, I was nervous. I hadn’t had to worry about housing for my previous contracts, because I always had a place to stay, either at my mom’s or my aunt’s. But I was looking forward to getting a real feel for actual travel nursing by being away further than ever before.
I found a great hotel in East Moline, Hyatt Place and Hyatt Home. Not only was the hotel beautiful (and only 2 years old!), it was right on the river, so there was a great view. The gym was AWESOME, there was FREE hot breakfast, and they even had a bar for a quick drink at the end of a tough shift. Plus, the staff was incredible. Knowing I was a travel nurse, they did everything to help accommodate my crazy weird shifts in order to check in early or check out late.
Tammy, one of my favorite front desk clerks at Hyatt House, posing for a quick pic before I leave.
I worked with Unity Point from December 2020 until the end of May, 2021. I extended my contract very quickly because it was a great paying contract and I knew immediately that I would enjoy working there. Plus, it was to be the last “local contract” I was taking so that our little family could travel around the country together, so staying in one place until Kendall finished 2nd grade was most ideal.
What I didn’t expect, was to find so many people who I connected with….I found people who I trusted as colleagues, but also, many whom I now call friend. We bonded, not just over caring for sick individuals, but also over favorite foods, music, the love of sarcastic humor, and the mutual feelings of general anxiety that tend to come with ER nursing.
I cried when I left on my last day there. Maybe because of the giant adventure that was coming next, but also because I was leaving behind so many people I had come to love and enjoy being around. I know that although I plan to travel for a while to come, that Unity Point, Trinity Rock Island (and Bettendorf and Moline too!!!!) is a place I can always go home to if I want.