In a booming industry, it’s hard to not get lost in the crowd. With so many nurses quitting their regular positions in order to take on travel nursing, we may find ourselves competing to find the best job for us. When situations like this occur, we need to figure out how to make ourselves be seen instead of feeling defeated. In travel nursing, if you can have these tips and tricks hiding up your sleeve to pull out when most needed, you’ll find yourself breezing through your contracts.
Though it may seem like an odd number one to have, flexibility in travel nursing is crucial. Not only for, of course, the ever-changing technology, healthcare and society, but also in contract changes, schedule changes, manager changes and the pure fact of needing to adjust to new facilities. Being prepared for unknown occurrences and being able to handle them in strides will allow you to easily navigate each assignment.
For yourself going into these contracts, it’s also important to know that instructions could be last minute and even sometimes a little farfetched. You won’t be treated special because you are new as you are a skill that the hospital needs at the time. But, remember you can always ask questions to your recruiter if you need some help. In saying this, these are things to look out for, you will still be working with an amazing group of nurses and doctors who are also going to be your helpful resource and you may even be making some pretty cool friends along the way.
2. Being Professional
In all aspects of work, being professional is one of the most crucial skills you should be practicing. Many recruiters and hiring managers look for nurses who can be professional in all settings and are able to handle themselves in a professional manner, no matter the environment or situation.
Why is this? Mostly, it is so they can trust that the short-term recruitment that they hired is able to come in and follow the same standard of work as their current staff. It’s about having trust and confidence in you in their workplace. This can come down to your communication skills, if you can listen and adjust when necessary, keeping your image up to standard and your overall energy when interacting with fellow nurses and patients.
Throughout all the flexibility and professionalism, sweeps in reliability. One of the most crucial attributes a travel nurse must possess. When you are not able to be reliable and trustworthy, you not only let yourself down, but you let down the recruiter and the agency. Not to mention the hospital that needed your extra hands for the contract’s time.
This does not only pertain to the beginning of the assignment but every work day until your contract is complete. Not showing up will cause chaos in a hospital setting and especially when patients need your help. This leads us to the obvious conclusion that if you cannot be reliable, then maybe travel nursing isn’t for you. Though, at this point, chances are you’re already a nurse and reliability is just a notch on your long list of amazing skills.
4. Positive Persona
Nobody likes to work with a shady, angry or negative person. As a nurse, when you are able to keep a positive attitude, especially in the depths of issues that unfold, you not only make the situation better for yourself and the patient but for fellow nurses as well. A lot of the time your coworkers are your partners, so being that person with a positive outlook and who won’t nag but just work to get things done, is going to make you be seen and respected.
5. Quick On Your Feet
There aren’t many jobs that see you experiencing change so often. With 13-week contracts, your facilities structures and the layout you got used to will most likely be completely different. Along with your coworkers, your patients and of course the area, being quick on your feet really keeps you successful on the travel nursing road.
Recruiters like seeing nurses who have the willingness to learn and are open to the changes that come with each assignment. The great thing about being able to do this is the immense amount you will be learning along your journey. In each hospital, you have the ability to learn completely new techniques, setups, insights and skills which can help you in your future career advancements.
While having a specialty under your belt isn’t a necessity, it will help open more doors in the travel nursing world. As we stated above, some hospitals are looking for specific nurses. This could be a cardiac nurse, critical care nurse, physiotherapist, neo-natal nurse, etc. If you have any specialty, you may be looking at more opportunities and a rise in income. If you happen to not have a specialty but are thinking about heading in that direction. This is your sign to go for it!
Standing out in the crowd can be tricky, especially in a field that is consistently growing. Though it may be easy to feel defeated, there are ways you can turn yourself around and become more noticeable to those most important around you. It doesn’t take much, just some skills that we can work on so that we can put our best foot forward. Be the person they never saw coming.