Hi friends! I’m Kylee, a solo traveler, NICU nurse, and creator of the “8 Day Vacay”. I aim to prevent nurse burnout by traveling, acting as a resource and inspiration for solo travelers and nurses everywhere. Only one year into my career as a nurse I began to feel burned out. Still loving my job and not wanting to quit, I would often times dread going into work. Wondering how some nurses stayed in the profession for 30+ years, I realized that there has to be more.
Two years after I became a NICU nurse I quit my permanent staff job in Kansas City and took my first assignment as a travel nurse in Omaha, NE. While I was feeling less burned out, I still had the craving that there was something else out there. Finally in 2017 I took a break from travel nursing as I landed a volunteer position with Project Hope working in the NICU in Skopje, Macedonia. It’s there that started Passports and Preemies and realized my love of solo travel. For eight weeks I was able to work on educating the nurses in the hospital while being able to travel solo throughout Europe on the weekends. What I found most interesting is that while I was working more hours at the hospital I felt less burned out. I realized that by traveling and taking care of myself outside of work I started to thrive at work.
My passion for travel began in 2017 and since, I haven’t looked back! I focus on traveling in the United States by utilizing my travel nurse contracts to see the country. (I’m a true believer that to travel doesn’t mean you have to cross oceans… it just means you have to be willing to explore your own back yard!) But I also focus on traveling around the world… Europe will always have my heart! Since this journey began I’ve had the privilege of visiting 35/195 countries, 3/7 continents, 31/50 states, and have taken nine travel nurse assignments from coast to coast across the USA.
From the bedside and beyond, I’m here to share real experiences of travel and nursing.
The aim of Passports and Preemies is to encourage, motivate, and provide resources on travel and nursing. Plus prove to you that nurse burnout is a real and powerful thing that can be prevented.
So what’s unique about Passports and Preemies? As I stated earlier, my biggest passion is travel! I aim to give the tools to nurses to get out of the hospital, away from the bedside, and see the world. Unique to my website, I offer the “8 Day Vacay”. Targeted towards nurses, the “8 Day Vacay” is an 8 day itinerary set up so that nurses don’t have to use PTO in order to travel. The expectation is that you will work the first three days of week one and the last three days of week two, thus giving you eight days off in between.
I also offer 1:1 mentoring for nurses who wish to take the leap into travel nursing! Don’t make the mistakes I have (my mistakes led me to miss out on $10,000) and let me guide you through the process of becoming a travel nurse. For more information and why you should want to work with me, read this article.
And the last thing that is unique to Passports and Preemies is that I share my space with other nurses to tell their stories about nurse burnout. Interested in sharing yours? Don’t hesitate to reach out!
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The 8 Day Vacay – A vacation for the every nurse who has eight days away from the hospital and is looking to explore the world