Where Have I Been?

north dakota train bridgeWell, I have been a busy little nurse lately. Over the last almost 2 months now of living in Bismarck, North Dakota I have planned to make blog posts but have been busy doing other things constantly.

My weeks here have been filled with work, working out, and a little bit of exploring.

For work, I still generally only work my 3-day shifts, with occasional extra shifts. The majority of days I will walk to work since I amazingly live only 8 blocks from the hospital. People are amazed that I walk to work every day, but the days that I do drive to work, it takes the same amount of time.

For workouts, I have gotten in some yoga classes at Yoga for You, they have a variety of different classes and I like that they offer classes at noon a few days a week. I also have been doing a lot of running, I completed my C25K training app and have moved on to the 10K training portion of the app. I was initially running around the neighborhood that I live in but have had to expand to going to a park that connects to the Bismarck trail system in order to have enough distance to run now that my runs are longer.

I also chose to join a gym here in Bismarck to have the ability to take classes and do strength training. I joined Verge Fitness which is a local gym here in Bismarck. They were offering a 6-week transformation program so I signed up for that and am loving the results that I am seeing. I take 2-4 Regymen classes and do a group training session each week. The classes are intense and I burn about 500 calories per class.

I have done a little bit of exploring around my neighborhood to some of the local restaurants but definitely, plan to do more. I have also explored the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. I went on a rainy day that also happened to be prom so I don’t have as many pictures as I wanted to get so I’ll have to make another trip to the museum.

There are so many more trips and things to explore here and throughout North and South Dakota that are on my list. I want to get to Mount Rushmore, see some of the various military forts that are around the state, and visit so many other places.

Hopefully, this catches everyone up on where I have been and you will definitely be seeing more posts soon. I’m making it a point to take this afternoon and write up a bunch so that you will all have some things to read and learn about.

Who is the Oily Travel RN?

My name is Jennifer. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI, spent my initial college years living in Saint Paul, MN before moving back to Milwaukee and eventually going back to school to become a nurse. Some of my passions are cardiac nursing, travel and adventure, essential oils, health and fitness. My favorite things to do on my days off are to catch a barre or yoga class, going for a walk or run, explore new places, try new beer and wine, curl up with a good show on Netflix or a good book, and drink my share of coffee and tea.

I am currently living the life of a travel RN and move every three months or so. This definitely helps me to get in my travel and adventure while getting paid at the same time. So far I have been able to work as a nurse in Wisconsin, Arkansas, Iowa, Virginia, and Georgia. I have a love for learning so moving from job to job and hospital to hospital allows me to see all of the differences in cardiac care around the country.

As for my love of essential oils, I am a Wellness Advocate through doTERRA and educate people on how to use essential oils to benefit their health. I provide education and mentoring to help you personalize your experience using doTERRA’s quaily, therapeutic grade essential oils. I will help you continuing education, recipes, tips and answer any questions that you may have as an oil user.

In addition to my use of doTERRA essential oils, I am currently working on becoming a Certified Aromatherapist. This certification will enhance my ability to provide education about essential oils and make recommendations based on individual preferences and characteries of each person.