Today we’d like to introduce you to Tearrica Martin.
Hi Tearrica, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My name is Tearrica Martin. I am a travel nurse who has a passion for people. I am originally from Holly Springs, MS, a small town right outside of Memphis, TN. I feel as if I am a part of the Memphis community by nature.
Memphis facilities are where I completed my clinical in nursing school. It’s where I accepted my first job as a registered nurse. Matter of fact, I am 99% sure I will reside in the Memphis community once I am done traveling.
I went to nursing school at Northwest Mississippi Community College. After practicing for one year, I pursued my bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University For Women. I worked as a staff nurse for one year.
To be transparent, I was stressed while working as a “new” RN during a pandemic. I looked to God and asked him for guidance. I have always wanted to be a travel nurse. To get the experience of working while traveling was definitely a dream of mine. In August 2020, I left my staff job. I took my first travel assignment in Waxahachie TX. I stepped out on faith, and I relied on God to give me the strength to survive this new career onset.
If I had to solely give one word as to how I got to where I am today, the answer would be “God”. He allowed me to be able to experience financial freedom early on in my career. God’s plans for me have exceeded my expectations and he has done far more than I would have ever imagined.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
This road has not been an easy one. I failed my first semester of nursing school. I was lacking by 0.4 of a point to be considered “passing”. I sat out a semester.
I went back to nursing school the second time and passed. However, after school, I had to take the NCLEX in order to obtain my nursing license. Very much devastating, that I failed the NCLEX. I did not allow that to stop me.
Instead, I studied hard and dedicated my time and attention to passing. The second time I passed the NCLEX!! Words cannot express how elated I was. I could finally carry out my dream and practice as a nurse.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a registered nurse. I travel from state to state to work in the hospital setting. It is a very interesting job and requires one to be flexible. I specialize in intermediate care and cardiac care. I am known for my dedication to my nursing profession and for providing optimum care to my patients.
I am known in my community for pursuing my dreams early and setting an example for those who want to be a nurse. I am most proud of my determination and bravery. I was brave enough to start traveling alone. Every obstacle that came my way, I did not allow it to defeat me from God’s provision for me. What sets me apart from others is that I willingly offer advice and guidance to nursing students and new nurses.
I love my profession and I love to mentor nursing students and nurses who want to travel. I am also set apart from the average nurse because I am a true nurturer and I have a passion for people. I love to care for people and to promote the well-being of others.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
5. For anyone who wants to be a nurse, I would encourage them to go for it. With much discipline, anyone who wants to be a nurse can do it. My advice would be to apply to multiple nursing programs since programs are so competitive.
I would love to introduce the idea of getting your associate’s degree first and then your bachelor’s degree later to those who want to go to nursing school. By doing this route, one can earn a nursing degree without having any student loans. Before starting out, I wish I knew how some older nurses are not always supportive of younger nurses.
I know what it feels like not to have support from older nurses. This is one of the reasons why I try to encourage, mentor, support, lead, and guide nurses who are new to the profession. Being supportive to new nurses is very essential for nurses to become strong confident nurses. Nursing is a great field, and it has been very rewarding to me.
My job is stressful at times but after every 12-hour shift, I am willing to do it all over again!!!
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