Our president and founder, Amanda Wilkinson, MSN, RN (USA) is an experienced RN. One who has worked in the field and knows US markets inside and out. Through her 25+ years of Canadian and US experience, Amanda has developed a deep understanding of the inner workings of both major teaching & trauma centers and small community facilities. This gives her the skill set to match each hospital with the right talent. Her experience is further enhanced by her background in business and over 25 years of proven success in recruiting nurses for a wide range of countries and organizations.
Near the beginning of my nursing career, I heard news of a friend of a friend who had just moved to the USA for a great nursing job. It was something I had thought about all through nursing school. I got the name of her recruiter, called her and obtained some info for myself. It all sounded very interesting, exciting and it was something I would love to do at some point. I had no clear idea in my head of when that point would be. Well, that recruiter kept calling me and calling me. Hounding me at points! Finally she asked “When would you like me to call you back?” I told her “6 months” to get her off my back.
That same recruiter called me 6 months later and asked ”Are you ready to go somewhere yet?” I had just finished working nights and was a little annoyed that she had just woke me up and replied “No, call me in 6 months”. I hung up the phone and tried to get back to sleep. That wasn’t going to happen. A few minutes later it just came to me...Why not ‘now’?!? I picked up the phone called that recruiter (Francine), and was off to Albuquerque New Mexico 3 weeks later. It was the best thing I had done in my life up to that point. (I have a husband and kids now, so that trumps everything.) I owe a lot to Francine, for being SO annoying and SO persistent (good recruiter). She recognized something in me that told her one day I would say to myself, “why not now?”
I intended to go to the USA for 3 months. I even kept my apartment in Toronto, knowing I would be back and as a sort of safety net. I was making more than enough in the USA to support 2 apartments. I kept my Toronto apartment for the first 8 months of my jaunt, but soon realized I wouldn’t really be needing it anytime soon. Well it took me 5 years to make it back to Canada!! I am Canadian, Canada is my home and I always knew I would be back. Also, my husband is Canadian and he was living in Canada and we wanted to start a family.
Working and living in the USA for those years was a great experience in so many ways. It made me a much better nurse, I saw some great parts of the USA, made some amazing new friends, learned about a different culture (Americans are very similar to Canadians yet very different) and I made a lot of money to boot. So…...now that I am finished my little story, my quote is:
“Why not now?!?”
Amanda Wilkinson MSN RN (USA), President and Founder of Canadian Travel Nurses