Connecting with your community as a traveler

Written by Super User on Wednesday, September 04, 2013 Posted in On the Job

Connecting with your community as a traveler

As traveling healthcare professionals transition between assignments, they may feel a sense of loneliness and isolation at first. That's why it is important for both mental and physical health to make social connections at new assignments.

Connecting with your community

If you are a traveling health professional and are just settling in to a new assignment, there are many ways you can make connections with your new co-workers and community.

  •  Volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to get to know and contribute to the community. You can build homes for Habitat for Humanity, work with the United Way or the Red Cross, or volunteer for other local organizations.
  •  Start Exploring. Another simple way to connect with your new community is to get out and explore. Visit historical sites; go see the downtown area, visit museums and parks. Talk with the local chamber of commerce or visitor's bureau to learn about the area's attractions.
  •  Pursue Your Interests. Just because you're away from home doesn't mean you have to stop following your interests. You can attend sports events, concerts, art shows, theater shows or join a book club. You can take classes at the local community college, or even get involved with local civic and community groups. If you have a particular hobby, you can try to find clubs that revolve around your hobby, such as amateur astronomy clubs.
  •  Meet New Friends. There are plenty of other places to meet people as well. You can meet new people and stay fit at the same time by joining a health club, playing in an adult sporting league, or joining a yoga or tai chi class.

The important thing is push yourself to get out and enjoy your new community, meet new people and experience new things.

Recruiting firms and medical facilities help welcome staff

Healthcare facilities and recruiting agencies can help traveling nurses get familiar with their new community. During orientations, hospitals or medical centers can provide the traveling professionals with information about the community, community events and volunteer opportunities.

Recruiting agencies frequently place traveling nurses in the same area and facilities, and will be able to assist you with your transition to your new assignment. Talk with your recruiter and see if they have any recommendations for activities or if they are able to connect you with other travelers on assignment there.

If you have one or two years of experience working as a Registered Nurse and you'd like to learn more about careers as a traveling nurse, don't hesitate to contact a Health Providers Choice recruiter about the many opportunities open to you as a healthcare traveler. We look forward to hearing from you!

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