Ankit Shukla was born in India, but he moved with his parents to Sparks, NV when he was a year old. His parents were hard working Indian immigrants who wanted a better life for their two sons, and they succeeded. Ankit attended Sparks High School and then received his Bachelors’ Degree in Nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno.

After college, Ankit left Nevada to explore other areas of the country. He started travel nursing in 2010, which he still does to this day, having lived in order 10 states. He has lived life, learned from life, and has had several careers and businesses. Ankit loves to share his experiences in both his personal and professional life, which he does regularly as a writer and speaker.

Ankit continues to work on various projects on a daily basis, never really slowing down. He loves staying busy and continues to live life to the fullest. He and his wife own a home in Aurora, CO. They love the city life of nearby Denver as well as the the gorgeous Colorado scenery.

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Stereotypes exist is our society amongst all groups. Most of them do exist for a reason and hold much truth. Some are certainly unfair, untrue or blown out of proportion. As a person of East Indian descent, I have come head on with stereotypes my entire life. The biggest one being the character portrayed by Apu from the Simpsons. Apu is a typical East Indian, who immigrated to the United States and now owns his own convenience store. He also speaks with a typical Indian Accent. Anyone who has walked into enough convenience stores around the country knows that a large number of them are run by people of Indian Descent. There is nothing wrong with noticing that. However, even though it seems to be a common stereotype, some people have a problem with it. One of them being Hari Kondabolu, who expresses his frustrations with the Character in his documentary, “The Problem With Apu”.

In “I Love You, Apu”, I challenge what Hari says and provide a rebuttal to what he discusses in his Documentary. I give my own opinion as to why I believe that Apu is not only an accurate stereotype, but a positive one as well. There needs to be a differing viewpoint given by someone with a similar background and I am here to do that with this very book. You may agree with me or with Hari. What matters most is that we share our opinions and have open dialogue. While Hari challenges the stereotype, I am here to defend it. Enjoy the different viewpoints.



Ever wonder what a traveling nurse is, or what it takes? A lot of people have heard the term, but do not exactly know what it means. Although, increasingly people are familiar with traveling nurses and have worked with them, either as a patient, or a coworker, on a regular basis. Why is this important? Because I am a traveling nurse, and I am here to share my story.

As a traveling nurse now for over seven years, I have lived all over the country working in various healthcare facilities as a traveling nurse in dialysis. Having worked in over 10 states, I have had many experiences and interacted with all sorts of people. I will share my story and the lessons I have learned in my next book, “Going Global: The Life of a Traveling Nurse”. In this book, I give a chronological story of me becoming s nurse, the process of me becoming a traveler, and my journey through the various states, as well as the lessons I learned along the way.

As a traveling nurse, my journey across the country was fun-filled and adventurous. I share the positive aspects of my career. One thing you will not see in this book is a hit piece. If your looking for me to throw people under the bus and give juicy personal details, you will not find it in this book. I discuss each different state and moment in life on a chapter by chapter basis. I talk about things from the various wonders I have seen, to meeting my wife and traveling the world. In “Going Global: The Life of a Traveling Nurse”, I put the audience in the shoes of a traveling nurse and take them on a journey I have already been on.


Imagine if a stretcher or hospital bed could talk. What kinds of memories could they share? Imagine standing at a historical site, any number of them, and being able to witness the history that occurred there. We would all be overwhelmed by the imagery that would inundate us. The same holds true of a hospital bed. The joy, the pain, the life, the death, the horrible tragedies and the uninhibited victories would be astronomical in number. From personal experience, hospital beds usually last a very long time, so I can only imagine what types of stories, from how many different decades, they could tell me.

Unfortunately, hospital beds do not talk. So, we cannot get their stories. However, in Crossing the Bedside, we get the next best thing. We get to hear from the healthcare workers who stood next to those very beds day after day and year after year, experiencing events often unknown to those outside of the healthcare profession. In Crossing the Bedside, we have compiled a number of stories from healthcare workers around the world. The stories that are ingrained in their memories for a lifetime.