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This week we’re featuring one of our Healthcare Recruiters, Michelle Breitburg. We asked Michelle a series of questions to learn more about her role, passion to help travel nurses, and more. We’re excited that Michelle has recently celebrated her first work anniversary at Vero. Keep reading to learn more about this world explorer. 

Michelle, what’s been your favorite part of working at Vero so far? 

Being able to work with a great team, and putting great nurses to work!

Why did you start a career in healthcare recruiting? 

I do what I do because I owe my life to nurses. I have had a ER nurse, LD nurse, OR nurse, ICU nurse, and MS all in that order. My personal appreciation for what they did for me, comes out in my job and how I recruit.

What Vero core values (Excellence, Integrity, Urgency, Perseverance, Care) do you relate to the most, and why? 

All of them. I think you must have all of these qualities to be a great recruiter. I have to be excellent at my job to attract the best. I have to show great integrity or nurses will not want to work with me. I have to be urgent in what I do because it could mean the difference between a nurse getting a job or not. I have to persevere because this can be a very hard business and you will have your ups and downs and I can’t let those get to me and I also have to persevere for my nurse. Last but not least, I have to care, and I want to care, each one of my nurses mean the world to me, I care about each one of them and want the best for them. 

Describe your most memorable experience working with travel nurses. 

I don’t just have one. Almost every conversation I have with each one of my nurses ends in laughs and is memorable to me. Right now, I will say the COVID pandemic stands alone. How nurses are coming together and putting themselves on the front line, is amazing. I will never forget this moment in time, not only for the devastation it is bringing but for the amazing work our medical community is doing and how they are uniting together. 

What new exciting travel nurse jobs are available?

I have great jobs up and down the East Coast! Oregon is a place I have always wanted to staff and I always have great jobs out there. 

What advice would you give to a travel nurse? In your opinion, what can help them stand out when seeking a new assignment? A nurse knows his or her value, as long as they let that shine in an interview and allow their experience speak for itself, they will be great. Choosing me as your recruiter doesn’t hurt the situation! 😊

When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?

Working out, traveling, going to concerts, sports (WHO DEY), cooking, being with friends and family and just generally anything outside. I love to hike, kayak and run. 

Where is your favorite place to travel and why? 

Right now my obsession has been with South East Asia, I find that side of the world to be dreamy and so relaxed. It’s hard for me to say any favorites. All my travel experiences are my favorites because they all have unique moments that could only have happened in that particular place and time. Paris is also very close to my heart. 

What’s something you absolutely cannot travel without? My Passport 

What’s the best concert you’ve seen live? That’s a hard question I have seen tons of music in my time. Recently it would be Bob Weir and The Wolf Brothers at the Beacon in NYC. Anyone who knows the Beacon knows how special that is. 

In a movie about your life, who would you choose to star as you? Jennifer Aniston 

How would your friends and family describe you? Passionate, strong, loyal, loving and a pinch of narcotic tendencies

Congrats again Michelle on your work anniversary! If you’d like to connect with Michelle, feel free to send her an email (

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