Many people face the challenge of balancing the holidays with their work schedule, but travel nurses find themselves in this situation more often than most. Being on the road and away from your friends and family can make this time of year difficult.
As travel nurses, you have probably become accustomed to leaving your coworkers shortly after you get comfortable in a position. Odds are you miss some of your coworkers and were more than ready to move on from a couple coworkers as you move on to your new assignment. That’s not uncommon! No one expects you to naturally bond with everyone you work with. In a professional workplace, however, a modicum of social decorum is necessary.
Living the life of a travel nurse is fun, exciting and full of new adventures! But, unfortunately, sometimes things can go wrong. Whether it’s your first or twenty-first assignment, coming across a slew of mishaps is never fun and can drain your enthusiasm for travel nursing. Don’t fret, we have a guide on how to help with these struggles that may pop-up while on assignment.
Anxiety is our natural way to protect ourselves from situations we’re afraid of or uncertain about. The first time going or doing anything new is a big opportunity for our anxieties to come and ruin the excitement of a wonderful and exciting journey. Don’t let the fear of a new day ruin this for you. Begin your endeavor with a steady and calm head on your shoulders with these 4sneaky ways to avoid an awkwardfirstday on your new assignment.
Starting at a new assignment is always a little intimidating. Even for the most seasoned travel nurses, going into new territory full of nursing staff who may be more experienced and in-tune with their surroundings can make you nervous and uneasy. Not to mention worrying about how you’re going to remember where everything is, who to contact, or if you even have to bring your own scrubs or not. That’s why Freedom Healthcare Staffing is here to help!
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.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a projection of 1.2 million RN vacancies between 2014 and 2022. Why? Baby Boomers are slowly hanging up their badges and leaving the medical field, leaving many of their positions unfilled. By 2025, roughly 88.5 million people in the U.S. will be 65 or older, increasing the shortfall to be twice as large as any nurse shortage since the mid-1960s.
With increasing nurse shortages comes more work for the troopers still working in the field. How can you maintain when all you want to do is bubble over and explode? Keep these tips in your back pocket to stick to a no-drama mantra.
Let’s be real, most of us are on social media, whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Snapchat, LinkedIn or any other social networking site. Social media is an easily accessible source of communication and many of our nurses use it.
We love to see our nurses post about their adventures in new cities, spreading positive messages about nursing, or meeting new nurse friends, but there is a dangerously thin line between social media and nursing professionalism. Use this guide to learn how you can use social media professionally.
You’ve been a travelingnurse for a while now; You’re used to changing states every few months, facing new challenges and meeting new people. Now that you’re comfortable in your position and career, it can be easy to fall into a rut. Don’t let that happen; there are tons of ways to kick yournursing game up a notch.
“Negative people need drama like oxygen. Stay positive, it will take their breath away.” -Unknown.
Working with others who want nothing more than to complain and make everything dramatic and sad will only make your day worse… if you allow it to be that way. It’s easy to be empathetic and feel for the negative people and get sucked into their vortex of hate… if you want to make everyone else’s day the same way. We’ve all been there. The doctor you’re working with is having a bad day, so guess what? Now you will too! Unless you do something about it.