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6 tips for connecting with new co-workers as a travel nurse

Written by Chelsea Idzior on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Posted in On the Job

When you begin a new assignment as a traveling healthcare professional, you also have to work with new people. Naturally, the relationships you form with your new colleagues are important, as they can…

When you begin a new assignment as a traveling healthcare professional, you also have to work with new people. Naturally, the relationships you form with your new colleagues are important, as they can make your job fulfilling or frustrating.

What are some ways that you can form good relationships with co-workers when you start a new assignment? Here are six ideas:

  1. Get to know the people you're working with on assignment. Take the time to find out about what their life is like away from the hospital and what their interests are. Go to lunch with different people in your department, or spend time with them during breaks.
  2. To make friends, you need to be friendly. When you see a co-worker, give him or her a smile and a hearty “Good Morning.” Learn your co-workers' names, and ask how they are doing. It is these small gestures that can go a long way toward creating relationships.
  3. Listen. When you are having a conversation with a colleague, show him or her that you are interested in and care about what he or she is saying, rather than simply waiting to make your own point.
  4. Don't get caught up in workplace gossip. Avoid gossiping or saying negative things about co-workers. On the other hand, be generous with your praise.
  5. Show your gratitude. Be sure to thank co-workers for their advice or help, especially when it is work related. This can go a long way toward building strong relationships with others. The best compliments are those that praise someone about a job well done.
  6. Try to fit your work approach to the personality of the person you are dealing with. For example, some people prefer a more personal style when working with others, taking the time to chat a little before getting to work, and engaging in conversation. Others may be no-nonsense types who talk little and prefer to focus on the task at hand. Knowing which personality type you are dealing with allows you to adjust your own style accordingly.

Do you have tips on how to bond with new colleagues? What do you do when you arrive at an assignment to get to know your new co-workers?

If you're an RN with at least one or two years of professional experience and you've ever thought of exploring a career as a healthcare traveler, contact a recruiter at Health Providers Choice!