Spotlight on Carrie Curtis

Written by Rose Torrento on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 Posted in On the Job

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How did you get started in the nursing profession?

I knew I wanted to work in the OR while still in nursing school. The observation I had in the OR was incredible, and Grey’s Anatomy had just begun airing and was the No. 1 show.

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

I love my job in the operating room. I have 13 years in a couple Level I trauma centers. I’ve been a part of some amazing procedures throughout the years and am grateful for the experiences that I have had!

The pandemic has made it very difficult to stay passionate about caring for others. It has exacerbated the despicable parts of humanity. Genuine appreciation from patients, physicians, and co-workers helps restore my faith. Doing the “right” thing because it’s the right thing to do and taking pride in a job well done are often what keep me striving to do my best.

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

I heard about HPC from word of mouth, working with other travelers over the years. Oftentimes traveler nurses would have horror stories about their agency or recruiters, but I never heard anything negative about HPC. I also like the fact that the company is Michigan-based and try to support local business whenever possible. Working with my recruiter, Rena, has been a wonderful experience.

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What advice would you give to other traveling healthcare providers?

This is my first travel assignment, so I’ve been on the receiving end of advice from other travelers. If I were to share a couple tips with a new traveler, it would be to “kill them with kindness” and “while in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Regardless of how much experience one has, you can always learn something new.

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

I think compassion is the most important quality a nurse should possess. If a nurse is compassionate, she’s not judgmental and is always kindhearted and empathetic.

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

The last few years, my mom has been ill, and it’s been a struggle to get a diagnosis and proper treatment, especially during a pandemic. She has been hospitalized numerous times, and her care has ranged from terrible to excellent. This pandemic has challenged everyone, but nurses and other health care workers especially. I often imagine that I’m caring for my mom to give me the extra strength I need to go the extra mile to deliver the best care possible.

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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.