3 Do’s and 3 Don’ts for Travel Nursing Jobs

As we’ve already discussed on this blog, Travel nursing jobs carry with them a lot of benefits. Whether you’re spending the cold winters in South Florida or beautiful falls in New England, travel nursing jobs give you the chance to experience a wealth of new places and the opportunity to meet new people. But for many RNs on their first travel nursing jobs, there can be some anxious feelings. Here are some key things to remember and some crucial things to avoid if you’re about to embark one of your first travel nursing jobs.

DO

  • Be sure to introduce yourself to your unit secretary as soon as you can. Most of the time, they’ll be almost as important as your floor manager. The unit secretary will be able to tell you where everything is located.
  • Be as helpful as possible. Just about everyone who embarks on travel nursing jobs is naturally helpful, but it couldn’t hurt to be even more helpful than usual. If you have a spare moment, assist a fellow nurse with a task. That will help make you a trusted member of the team.
  • Show up with a positive attitude. Anxiety can arise with new experiences, even for those who have held many travel nursing jobs. So remember that you’ll enjoy your new assignment. Travel nursing jobs can be many things, but they’re rarely boring. Enjoy the excitement.

DON’T

  • Be withdrawn. You don’t have to make friends with everyone, but keeping yourself open and welcoming will help ensure that your current assignment on travel nursing jobs will be a great one.
  • Discard the rules. There are as many different rules as there are hospitals and clinics. And those with travel nursing jobs should try their hardest to learn them all. Remember to act accordingly.
  • Take certain things too personally. While on travel nursing jobs, some people on staff may forget your name. Some may even call you by the wrong name. Just remember that many on the staff may see a steady stream of travel nurses come and go. Instead of getting annoyed, try to make a joke and remember that it’s no big deal.
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