How Holistic Health Expertise Can Elevate Travel Nurse Opportunities

Written by Rose Torrento on Friday, January 26, 2024 Posted in Healthy Living

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Today’s healthcare providers recognize successful patient outcomes extend beyond clinical treatments. They involve understanding a patient’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs. Care delivery is slowly shifting to become more inclusive of factors beyond what’s listed in the chart. As a result, travel nurses are increasingly called upon to demonstrate practical knowledge of holistic wellness as they navigate diverse healthcare settings and encounter patients with unique backgrounds.

The growing importance of holistic health and wellness

Holistic wellness is a philosophy that treats the patient as a whole rather than a collection of symptoms. It considers all aspects of the patient’s life, including their physical, mental, and emotional health as well as their socioeconomic status, spirituality, etc. Taking a holistic approach helps nurses spot underlying issues that might contribute to the patient’s illness or symptoms. It often leads to more comprehensive care and better outcomes.

Holistic expertise enhances travel nurse opportunities

Travel nurses frequently find themselves providing care to patient populations they aren’t necessarily familiar with. As a result, they’re regularly forced to go the extra mile to better understand these patients.

How does a Southern Baptist’s faith play a role in their wellness? What impact does the socioeconomic climate have on a rural Midwestern patient? How does the diet of a New Englander affect their wellness? These aren’t just smart questions for travel nurses to consider; they’re the types of inquiries characteristic of a holistic health approach.

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Focus areas for holistic wellness in travel nursing

By recognizing the significance of a holistic strategy in promoting overall well-being for patients, travel nurses can be mindful of how they treat their patients relative to the environment they’re in, including the following factors:

  • Nutrition: Nurses can promote healthy eating habits to aid patients in managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
  • Mental health: By understanding triggers and stimuli in a patient’s life, nurses can help them better control conditions like anxiety and depression.
  • Stress management: Nurses can assist at-risk patients in mitigating their risk for stress-induced conditions by implementing stress-reducing activities into their care plans.
  • Pain management: Using holistic pain management practices alongside traditional treatments can decrease a patient’s reliance on medication and improve well-being.

As a travel nurse, you have the chance to make a difference in your patients’ lives. Incorporating holistic wellness practices is one way to ensure they’re not just physically healthy but also mentally, spiritually, and emotionally well.

Embrace holistic wellness and better patient care

As healthcare continues to trend toward value-based holistic care, travel nurses must prioritize these concepts in their training, education, and practice. Holistic wellness has the power to improve not only patient outcomes but also job satisfaction and career prospects. Continue exploring and applying holistic principles and find creative ways to showcase your knowledge beyond a given specialty or area of practice. In doing so, you’ll become an agent of positive change in the facilities where you work.

Are you looking for an assignment where you can add to your holistic wellness acumen? Health Providers Choice strives to put travel nurses in positions where they can make an impact while staying on the leading edge of healthcare trends. Contact us online or call 888-299-9800 to learn more.

Have questions about the types of insurance travel nurses need? Contact a Health Providers Choice recruiter for resources and information to help demystify this important concept. We’ll make sure you have the peace of mind you deserve so you can focus on your next contract. Contact us online or call 888-299-9800 to learn more.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.