#1- Nab an extra certification
#2- Expand your network
You can’t avoid meeting people when you’re a travel nurse, and we’re willing to bet you’ve already met a lot of them. But have you been making a concentrated effort to expand your network? Have you been adding the people you meet on LinkedIn? It’s also a good idea to join some professional nursing networks like Sigma Theta Tau or the American Nurses Association, or even your home state’s nursing association!
However, try not to think of your network as just a path to career advancement. The people you connect with are an invaluable source of learning, new ideas and support. Your network is comprised of your brothers and sisters in nursing—don’t be afraid to utilize it!
#3- Learn new computer systems
Having worked in several different hospitals or facilities already, you’re probably familiar with a couple of different electronic medical record (EMR) systems. You’re probably also confident that the next time you come across a new one, you will be able to learn it quite quickly. However, think about how impressed your employers would be if, wherever you go, you already know the system! If you’re looking to step things up a notch, spend some of your spare time learning unfamiliar systems.
#4- Get yourself a mentor
#5– Work in a teaching hospital
The best way to learn something is to teach someone else how to do it. If you’re looking for your next big challenge, working in a teaching hospital is sure to fulfill it. In a teaching hospital, learning never stops or slows down, teachers included. Teaching hospitals also frequently participate in new research and studies, which gives you the opportunity to be on the leading edge of new treatments and discoveries.