Traveling with Freedom gives you the opportunity to have new experiences all over the country. You can interact with people of different backgrounds, try unique foods, tour iconic places you’ve always dreamed of seeing and so much more. This is why being a travel nurse is so desirable! But, anyone that has had an assignment or two will know — despite the perks, traveling is not as glamorous as it looks.
We recently covered depression in nursing on our blog to help reveal some of the statistics about the epidemic of nurse anxiety and depression in our country. Nurses experience clinical depression at twice the rate of the general public, more specifically, depression affects 9% of everyday citizens while 18% of nurses experience symptoms of depression. At Freedom Healthcare Staffing, we work tirelessly to be our nurse’s #1 resource, confidants and support system through this chaotic journey. While we know the job of traveling the nation and heroically caring for patients is incredibly rewarding and freeing, we’re not blind to the fact that it can be downright difficult.
In order for nurses to stay healthy, they need to attend to their own needs with as much care as they offer their patients. However, with a stressful job paired with often unusual work hours, this can be challenging for many nurses. It can all make maintaining healthy habits can be as simple as a choice and as difficult as fighting temptations.
Your shift is in the morning, but the thoughts are already invading your mind. And you know they will get worse as the night goes on. As these thoughts spin and spin, you’re letting your mind create and review each worst case scenario. You know that the thoughts will continue to worsen while you’re getting ready in the morning, while you’re driving and you’re to the point where you can feel your heartbeat out of your chest as you take the elevator up to your floor. You never get used to it, but it has become part of the job. You’re a nurse with depression, and no one knows…not even you.
Congratulations! It’s finally time to head to your next assignment. If you’ve made it this far, you’ve already gone through the application, interview, offer and acceptance of your next assignment. Now the hard part is over. So, what’s next and what do you need to prepare before heading to your new assignment? We have compiled a few tips to help you check off the important items you will need to make your next trip a success.
Working within healthcare is a tough and demanding job. Some specialities are more intense than others, but being an ICU nurse has to be one of the most difficult ones out there. Of course, those who work in the field will probably agree that being an ICU nurse has many benefits that make it a very rewarding career.
It’s definitely not easy being a travel nurse and also keeping up on a healthy diet when you don’t have great access to your home kitchen and local market. However, there are many hacks that travelers have figured out on how to remain healthy while on the road.
All nurses have covered mental health in schooling and some even work in mental health units, but what they don’t know is the subtlety of depression among nurses. “In nurses, the symptoms are nearly buried under a continuously thwarted attempt to hide their feelings,” said Lynda Lampert, writer for Minority Nurse.