Nurses choose to take travel assignments for all kinds of reasons. They may want to discover new places, pursue professional development or simply challenge themselves personally.
What makes a travel nurse successful? Here are their essential tools. What would you add to the list?
1. A sense of adventure
Going to a new place, meeting new people and seeing the sites are some of the perks to taking travel nurse assignments. Travel nurses have a love for exciting challenges.
2. An outgoing personality
It’s not always easy to work your way into an already established nursing team. Travel nurses aren’t afraid to introduce themselves, give a firm handshake and start conversations with new co-workers.
A successful traveling nurse feels confident that their clinical skills have a strong foundation. No matter the institution, the unit, or the patient population, he or she must rely on quick thinking and excellent clinical abilities to be successful.
4. Flexibility and adaptability
Travel nurses pick up information quickly and adapt to change easily. They must learn foreign charting systems, where to find supplies and adapt to workflow that is unique to each place they go. Travel nurses learn fast and stay flexible on the job.
Are you a travel nurse? What essential tools go in your toolkit? What do you like about travel nursing? What are the toughest parts?
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