Travel Nursing Helps Healthcare Professionals Beat Burnout

Written by Rose Torrento on Thursday, February 17, 2022

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If you’re an essential healthcare worker experiencing burnout, you’re not alone. Nurses are quitting at an unprecedented rate to pursue work in other fields. It’s an escape from the feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, and lethargy that accompany compassion fatigue and burnout. Before you hand in your resignation, ask yourself if you need a change of pace. Travel nursing may be the best answer.

Why are nurses quitting?

For more than two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has overcrowded hospitals and spread healthcare teams and resources thin. The already inherent stress of nursing is exacerbated by a nonstop flow of infected patients. One study analyzed 42 U.S. healthcare organizations and found nearly half of medical professionals reported pandemic-related burnout.

Nurses who suffer from burnout experience stress, anxiety, and depression, which may interfere with their ability to focus. Workplace burnout contributes to human error. In healthcare, errors may compromise patient care, cause further stress, exacerbate burnout symptoms, and perpetuate a debilitating cycle.

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Can travel nursing relieve burnout?

Travel nursing offers a change of scenery and a welcome reprieve for overextended nurses. Every assignment is an opportunity to work with new staff and patients. Switching to a new city physically removes nurses from the environment contributing to their burnout. Travel nursing changes your schedule every 13 weeks to help you reset your career, rediscover your love of nursing, and look forward to what comes next.

The temporary nature of their assignments keeps travel nurses protected from burnout. If you don’t like an assignment, you’re only a few weeks away from the next one, and you can choose where you want to go. Travel nursing gives you the flexibility to choose your hours and the unit most aligned with your skill set. Securing your preferred assignment can also help you combat burnout and rediscover your passion for nursing.

Staff nurses suffering from burnout may be inclined to believe pursuing a different career path is their only option. But travel nursing lets you pursue your own profession in a different way and put your experience to effective use.

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Do you know the signs of burnout?

Recognizing the symptoms of burnout is critical to preserving your own health and wellbeing. Symptoms include chronic exhaustion, low productivity, and negative feelings about your job and your ability to perform it well. If you’re looking for a fresh perspective on your nursing career, travel nursing may be just what the doctor ordered.

Losing motivation at work or looking around for job opportunities in different fields are other signs of burnout. Often, nurses suffering from burnout are reluctant to discuss future career goals because they aren’t interested in moving forward. Taking your skills on the road can help you remember why you fell in love with nursing in the first place.

Ready to rediscover your zeal for patient care and recharge your compassion batteries? A Health Providers Choice recruiter can help you explore travel nursing assignments and get excited about nursing again! If you’re interested in travel nursing and ready to take the next step forward in your career, contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800.

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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.