Caring for those in need is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a nurse. You see patients when they are at their most vulnerable and you often help patients become stronger, healthier, and happier in your care. It's an awesome responsibility, but one that often leads you to neglect your own self care.
As a staff nurse, you've become accustomed to your hospital, colleagues, and location. However, if the travel bug is biting or you think you may want to move but want to try out a location or two around the country, becoming a travel nurse might be exactly what you need to break out of your norm.
How many items of clothing do you own? 400? 500? If we add shoes to that list does it double your count?
If you’re considering becoming a travel nurse, either you’ve already thought about embracing minimalism (though you may not have called it that), or you’re trying to figure out how you will manage your personal belongings – an exercise that inevitably leads one to question how they ended up with so many possessions.
You are not alone.
When nurses decide to take their first travel assignment, they put their future in the hands of a recruiter, so trust must be the foundation of the relationship. All of us at FlexCare take that responsibility seriously. It started from our humble beginning back in 2006 when we decided to shake things up and do travel nursing better than anyone else.
Whether you’re just starting out in travel nursing or you’ve been on a few assignments already, it’s important to sharpen your interview skills so you can make the best first impression! Hospitals are looking for nurses who are flexible as well as passionate about the open assignment. When you’re interviewing for a coveted position, here are a few ways you can stand out among other nurses vying for the same spot:
Response #1: “I’m open to various schedules.”
Collaboration: Working with Other Nurses, Physicians, and Other Members of the Health Care Team Sally Keskey
Phoenix, Arizona is an incredible travel nursing location, but there's no denying that the place gets HOT, especially during the summer months. If you're on assignment, what do you do once you leave the air-conditioned hospital and step into the brutal desert air?
We all know that work-appropriate attire for nursing doesn't leave a whole lot of room for interpretive fashion choices, but that doesn't mean you have to look drab, either. We have a few suggestions for letting your personality shine through without getting in trouble.
Travel nursing is life-changing -- you get to see new places, experience different working environments, learn to work with a variety of people and so much more. However, it can be a little tough to go on assignment to an unfamiliar place. We've written before on how you can meet new people and socialize, but once you have people to do things with, what should you do? How can you find activities when you're in a totally new place?