A Travel Nurse Guide To Richmond, Virginia - Part 2

JUST GIVING YOU AN UPDATE! 

Hey everyone!  

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I ended Part 1 with my housing situation. To recap, unfortunately I fell into a housing scam and it affected me financially as well as emotionally. I also told you that I ended up finding a place to live through Airbnb and it has truly been great so far. I live with two other travel nurses and a woman that is retiring from the military. We all have our own rooms; there are four rooms total. My room has a king size bed with two closets and a mini fridge and microwave. We all share the common areas (i.e kitchen, bathroom, living room). I was so blessed to find this place. The travel nurse that I mentioned previously in Part 1, Krista, actually referred me to the lady who was in charge of the Airbnb and the rest is history. Everyone in the house LOVES Hugo too! My roommates will text me or send me snaps of Hugo all snuggled up to them. One of my roommates even took Hugo out for a run one morning! No wonder he was so tired that one morning that I came home from work (lol). I would recommend any travel nurse that will be coming to the Richmond area to use this for your housing needs. It is about 30 mins away from St. Mary’s Hospital but I would honestly take the commute and be happy than live close and not be. It is affordable, in a beautiful area, close to shopping, restaurants, and grocery stores, and it is literally 10 mins away from the airport. So if anyone is traveling from very far, you have immediate access to the airport if you need to fly back home :) I will post the link to this Airbnb at the end of this blog post for anyone that is interested.  

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HOW’S LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK? 

Mommy and I at the hospital after her surgery :) 

Mommy and I at the hospital after her surgery :) 

Life outside of work has been running its course. My mom had her right hip replaced on November 20 so I was able to get a long stretch from work after my Gatlinburg trip and be with her and my family during that time. I have honestly been working a lot of back to back days and going back and forth between here and home so I have not had much time to hang out or see different things but I’ll be sure to have more for y’all in Part 3. So far, I have been getting to know my roommates better and forming bonds with each one. One of my roommates named Breanna is a travel LPN and has her own business on the side called Pure Arrogancy. Her business specializes in 100% Virgin Hair Extensions, Custom Wigs, and Lux 3D Mink Lashes! Ladies, I will leave her link to her website at the end of this blog post as well. We have had wine nights at the house and have also went out to eat at this great restaurant called Mama J’s! Both of our contracts end around the same time so we definitely have more things in store for us while we are here!

Wine nights with roomie!  

Wine nights with roomie!  

Breanna’s Baby: Her own hair and lash business! 

Breanna’s Baby: Her own hair and lash business! 

 HAVE YOU TRIED ANY GOOD FOOD PLACES LATELY? 

I want to share with y’all three restaurants that I have been to that are pretty good here in Richmond! The first place was one I mentioned previously called Mama J’s. If you like soul food, then this is the place for you. It is a very cute restaurant in downtown Richmond. It is a small restaurant, but the service is excellent and the food is amazing. I had got their potato soup to start (I had a cold that day so that really helped!) and for my lunch, I got catfish and collard greens. It was amazing. I ended up taking my leftovers to work that night and it tasted even better then :) 

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The second restaurant I went to was Kanpai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in a suburb of Richmond called Shortpump. The Shortpump area is beautiful with many restaurants, malls, and shops. I had went with another travel nurse that I befriended named Amber. Kanpai was your typical Japanese restaurant where they cook in front of you and you enjoy your meal fresh. I had got the Terriyaki Chicken and Shrimp, which was delicious. We both wanted something Hibachi-like and we couldn’t have chosen a better place!

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The third restaurant I went to was called Patrick’s Restaurant for breakfast. A friend and I really wanted some breakfast and didn’t want to eat at a chain so we decided to check this place out. The breakfast was really good and you can tell it was made fresh. I had got their special breakfast with two fried eggs, bacon, toast, and grits. It was delicious. Never underestimate the hole in the wall restaurants because they will definitely surprise you and 9 times out of 10, their food is much better than any chain restaurant.

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 HOSPITALS STAY OPEN REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER!! 

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I recently worked during a major snow storm that affected the Carolinas and Virginia heavily. Richmond got more than 12 inches of snow that day and I was scheduled to work that night. I got up early around 3:30 pm so I can take the snow off my car and head to work early before my shift started at 7:30 pm. After getting the snow off my car, I had packed a bag just in case I ended up being stuck at the hospital. I walked Hugo, said goodbye to my roommates, and I was ready to go. Unfortunately, I could not get out of my driveway! I called my job to let them know that I couldn’t get out of the driveway and I didn’t know how I was going to make it to work. Luckily, the hospital that I work at had employees with four wheel drive vehicles that were picking up staff to get to work. I was 30 mins away so I told them that as long as they can get here, I will still come to work. I was able to get picked up and report for work and get a ride back home the following morning. I was late but I was happy that I got there safely. NO JOB is worth risking your life over. I was blessed that St. Mary’s had this option for staff. It was very convenient because my car is definitely not a snow car (lol). I told myself that the next car I get will have four wheel drive just in case situations like this happen again. All in all, the snow was beautiful and I was happy that I was able to see some snow before this year ended.  

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After I took the snow off my car

After I took the snow off my car

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Our house in the snow at night :) 

Our house in the snow at night :) 

Had to get a ride to work since my car doesn’t have four wheel drive :( 

Had to get a ride to work since my car doesn’t have four wheel drive :( 

The morning after :) 

The morning after :) 

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Alright everyone, that’s Part 2! Just a side note, I am working all three major holidays this year! This is the first time this has ever happened to me! I worked Thanksgiving, and I will be working Christmas Day and New Years Eve. I will publish a mini blog post about what it is like being a travel nurse and working the holidays :) that’ll be my last blog post of 2018. 

Be on the lookout for Part 3 in 2019! Until next time! 

Live life, love always, and don’t forget to smile, 

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