Whether you’re new to the nursing game or a seasoned nurse, it’s important to have a nurse mentor. In fact, travel nurses may need mentors even more because they are so focused on individual placement, they may lose sight of their long term career goals.
As a travel nurse, it can be hard to find time to talk with a mentor, but a mentor will help you towards advancing your career and give you support and development along the way. Are you looking to expand your nursing career from coast to coast? Here’s what you need to know: Travel Nursing in the US | What You Need to Know A mentor can provide perspective, guidance, and help you make decisions that will benefit your career path. While it might be harder to find a mentor as a travel nurse, it’s possible and totally worth it. Take these three steps to help you get started.
1. Define What You Need In a Mentor
Think about what you want to get from the mentorship relationship. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Are you looking for someone to help you work through problems?
- Do you want to shadow someone on the job?
- Do you want someone to help you advance your career path?
- Do you want someone to talk about daily issues with?
- Are you looking for a peer with more experience or someone higher up in the medical field?
t’s time for you to take a step back and evaluate your strengths, weaknesses and career goals. If you are looking to grow as a nurse, this is an important step to figuring out your future. Don’t be afraid to ask your recruiter for help. [bctt tweet="Dive deep into this guide on how to pick the right travel nursing mentorship path for you." username="freedomhcs"]
3. Finding a Mentor
At Freedom, we are here to help you through every stage of your travel career, including being there during your assignment. We understand the importance of having a workplace mentor at your facility and we will take the steps to help you find one. Formal and informal nurse mentors have the capacity to influence your career in extraordinary ways. Find out which type of mentor is right for you:
- Your healthcare facility may already have a formal mentoring program, if so, Freedom will help you to get started.
- If your healthcare facility doesn’t have a program, find a colleague, supervisor, or senior leadership at your facility that you can ask to help mentor you through your journey.
- Reconnect with your nursing educators, instructors or fellow students. Someone who is at a similar point in their career may have a different experiences and can offer you new insight.
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Become a Travel Nurse Mentor
If you’re a seasoned nurse and think you have the skills to become a mentor, we would love to help you get started. Having years of experience as a travel nurse is a valuable asset. You have a diverse range of work experience and skills, making you the ideal mentor for young talent. We know how important it is to be mentored by someone in your field. And we are here to help you enhance your nursing career and be a part of a truly rewarding experience through mentorship.