William Eric Lee is this month's Vero Hero! William has an impressive 18 year background in nursing. Here is his actual title: William Eric Lee MSNMBA, BSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, CEN, PCCN, CCRN, QPCM, CMCN. That's a lot of credentials!
William is an ICU nurse who joined Vero in March 2018. After completing two assignments in Guam, he is currently on assignment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
William shared with us why he became a nurse: "When I first decided to become a nurse, I knew that the main reason was to help others in need. That was almost 18 years ago. Today, I realize that it is not only helping others in need, it's a commitment to humanity that can not be sacrificed. It's a dedication to human kindness, ethical actions and moral insight. Nursing is challenging physically but the internal rewards are numerous. It exists in every moral fiber of our day-to-day interactions with our patients. Nursing is a tangible, emotion-filled human art-form."
He also shared why he chose travel nursing: "I chose travel nursing mainly because it provided me with the greatest of autonomy in my own professional practice. I am capable of deciding where, when and on what terms I want to help others. I'm a freelance professional nurse. I can choose my own path and my destinations."
William likes traveling with Vero because he has built an effective relationship with his recruiter. William says, "I like working with my recruiter Simon because I feel that he has really tried to help in my adjustments to my different travel locations. He has ensured that my needs have been met and he follows up with you and your experience from day one. Other travel agency recruiters that I have worked for in the past do not always stay connected after you accept your assignment and seal the contract, this is one of the main reasons I like working with Vero. I feel that my recruiter and I are team members working towards the same outcomes."
He offers the following advice to traveling nurses: "Get out and try some different areas that may be total polar opposites of your "ideal" locations. Give yourself some credit. We are all nurses and as the old saying goes, "nursing is nursing, no matter where you go." Don't be afraid to try some extremes. You can learn a lot about different regions and cultures while on assignment and you meet some of the best life-long friends traveling."
Willliam has a true passion for travel and adventure! "I have traveled to some extreme regions of both continental USA and the Pacific Rim. I've worked in Utqiagvik (Barrow) Alaska, California multiple times, Guam, and recently New Hampshire. I love traveling while on assignment. Recently just made my eleventh country visited in my lifetime. Recent travels has taken me to Japan and Canada. I've also seen more than twenty-five US states so far on my travels."
A life-long learner, William was recently inducted into one of the most prestigious fraternities; Sigma Theta Tau International Phi Pi chapter for his outstanding scholastic work. He will begin his DNP through Chamberlain University in 2019.
Vero is more than proud to have such a talented nursing professional in our family.
Congratulations William! You are truly a Vero Hero.