Spotlight on Laurie Rohrer

Written by Rose Torrento on Thursday, May 12, 2022 Posted in On the Job

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How did you get started in the nursing profession?

Nursing is a second career for me. I once worked as a blackjack and craps dealer at Caesars Windsor. I always wanted to work in health care, so I put myself through university while working full time at the casino. I graduated in 2008 and began my nursing career in Windsor.

What do you love about your position? What has kept you passionate about your career?

I love how flexible nursing is. There are so many choices when it comes to nursing, so many opportunities. The OR has been my passion from the start. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.

I was a med/surg nurse when I first graduated. I started working in Detroit about a year after I graduated. I was trained in the OR (which took almost nine months) and never looked back. Over the years I have held several different positions in the OR, such as team leader, staff nurse, and even worked as a manager for over five years. I am now back to working as a staff nurse.

How did you find HPC? How has HPC helped with your career?

A couple friends of mine had worked for HPC and had nothing but good things to say about them. Being a travel nurse has given me the freedom to make my own schedule.

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What advice would you give to other traveling health care providers?

I would tell others to be confident in their skills but listen to others. No one likes know-it-alls. Every place does things a little differently. Try to assimilate to new surroundings the best you can. Be friendly and helpful.

What do you think is the most important quality for a nurse to possess?

Compassion and understanding. Patients are often scared and unsure of the future.

Do you have a memorable experience from your nursing career that has shaped you into the nurse you are today?

I don’t have one in particular. One thing I do know, I love being a staff nurse. I have been in leadership several times; I learned a lot from those experiences, but at the end of the day, leadership is not for me. I enjoy and thrive being on the front line, so to speak.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Nursing isn’t for everyone; you’ll see things you couldn’t even imagine. There will be hard days and sad days, but it’s a life you can hang your hat on. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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As we celebrate National Nurses Month, Health Providers Choice wants to remind every nurse of ongoing need across the country. Contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800 to speak with a travel nursing recruiter, and let us be your advocate on the way to an exciting new career as a travel nurse. No matter where you go, or what role you play on assignment, you’ll always get the appreciation you deserve from HPC.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.