8 Reasons Every Travel Nurse Needs to Keep an Experience Journal

8 Reasons Every Travel Nurse Needs to Keep an Experience Journal

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Are you keeping a daily journal? For travel nurses, it’s one of the healthiest hobbies you can have, and it’s a simple way to keep yourself sharp and content while on assignment. If you’re not sure how to get started, what to write about, or how to journal at all, don’t worry. We’ve outlined the key information you need to get started and make this a regular part of your life.
6 Books Travel Nurses Should Add to Their Reading List This Year

6 Books Travel Nurses Should Add to Their Reading List This Year

Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2020 in Education & Career Advancement

If you’re a nurse and an avid reader, consider adding a few books to your list of must-reads this year. We’ve put together a list of six highly reviewed, acclaimed books related to the healthcare field. Not only are they great reads, they’ll help you grow as a professional! When you start your next assignment, use it as an excuse to crack open one of these great reads. See if you can finish all six before the end of the year!
Be Aware of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Ways to Fight it on Assignment

Be Aware of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Ways to Fight it on Assignment

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and nurses certainly aren’t immune. In fact, travel nurses may be prone to developing symptoms of SAD especially during the winter months. This condition can affect your quality of life in a major way, so it’s important to keep an eye out for the signs and do everything in your power to overcome them.
Milestones for Travel Nurses to Track as Their Career Progresses

Milestones for Travel Nurses to Track as Their Career Progresses

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Setting professional goals and tracking your milestones is a great way to make sure you stay on-track to meet your career goals. For travel nurses, there are many ways to quantify the success and progression of your career — miles traveled, number facilities worked, and states visited, for example. Tracking and monitoring these milestones are important to see your career progression and accomplishments.
Travel Nurses Need a Vacation, Too!

Travel Nurses Need a Vacation, Too!

Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

With all the excitement of taking a new assignment, your brain might trick you into thinking you’re on a vacation. While there’s plenty of new things to do and see, your primary objective is to work. That means you still need to think seriously about taking a vacation at some point, for the sake of your mental and emotional health. Don’t let your travel assignment trick you out of planning your next getaway.
Breakfast Is the Most Important Meal of the Day … No Matter When Your Day Starts

Breakfast Is the Most Important Meal of the Day … No Matter When Your Day Starts

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2019 in Healthy Living

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, why do so many people skip it? If you’re a nurse, you can’t afford to skip breakfast. Not only does it give you the energy you need to get through the day, it helps fuel everything from a good mood to your ability to retain new information. No matter what time of day your shift starts, make sure you’re eating that all-important first meal of the day.
8 Places to Identify in Your New Destination After Relocating

8 Places to Identify in Your New Destination After Relocating

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

Moving to a new city can be a strange experience. Everything is vaguely familiar, yet new at the same time. The best way to get your bearings is to get familiar with a few local landmarks – specifically, places you’re likely going to visit at some point. Before you check out local landmarks and hotspots, do yourself a favor and track down these 8 crucial destinations.
Should You Take a Contract Extension?

Should You Take a Contract Extension?

Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

Should you stay or should you go? Sometimes, you might be asked to stay at a facility beyond the original end-of-contract date. Whether or not you do is up to you. Make sure you review the pros and cons of staying before you make your decision. And when you do, make it with confidence!
Get a Full 8 Hours Every Night: Your Patients Depend on It!

Get a Full 8 Hours Every Night: Your Patients Depend on It!

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in Healthy Living

When’s the last time you got a full eight hours of shut-eye? Woke up feeling brand new? Sleep deprivation is a serious problem among working Americans ― nurses especially. Here’s what you need to know about getting a good night’s rest and the ramifications of falling behind on sleep. Those eight hours matter more than you know.
Looking Ahead: Nursing Shortages and Surpluses Through 2030

Looking Ahead: Nursing Shortages and Surpluses Through 2030

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Industry News

Not sure if you’re qualified to be a travel nurse? Chances are, you’re more qualified than you think. If you have a degree and practical experience, travel nursing may be the next step in your professional development career. All you need are the willingness to travel and adapt, and a penchant for patient care.
Look at Every New Travel Nursing Assignment as a Fresh Start

Look at Every New Travel Nursing Assignment as a Fresh Start

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in On the Job

Travel nursing involves constantly resetting yourself with each new assignment. Everything can change as you transition from one facility to another, which makes it important to look at every new assignment through fresh eyes. Understand the unique opportunities each new placement affords you and capitalize on them — it’s the key to becoming the well-rounded professional you’ve always wanted to be.
Five Reasons to Take an Assignment in a State You’ve Never Been

Five Reasons to Take an Assignment in a State You’ve Never Been

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Ready for your next travel nursing assignment? Consider going somewhere you’ve never been before this time. There are facilities all around the country that have positions open and need you, so why not visit as many as you can in your travel nursing career? Whether you’re a souvenir collector or just like to immerse yourself in new culture, there’s plenty of opportunity when you make it a point to diversify your destinations.
Be Mindful of HIPAA When Posting on Social Media

Be Mindful of HIPAA When Posting on Social Media

Posted on Thursday, February 06, 2020 in On the Job

HIPAA laws are a foundational part of every nurse’s education and training. Yet, although keeping patient information private is a simple concept, social media complicates things. Nurses today need to be mindful of what they’re posting on social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter — HIPAA laws must come first and foremost, even on social. The simple practice of being mindful of HIPAA laws on social media could prevent suspension or job loss.
Travel Nurses are Invaluable After Natural Disasters

Travel Nurses are Invaluable After Natural Disasters

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in On the Job

Nurses are accustomed to situations that require them to act quickly to save lives. Couple this with their innate ability to quickly adapt to a new work environment and it’s easy to see why travel nurses are in high demand during or after a natural disaster. The benefits are high for seasoned travel nurses to lend a hand during these devastating times.
Unconventional Housing Options That Might be Just Right

Unconventional Housing Options That Might be Just Right

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

You’re about to spend 13 weeks or more on assignment. Finding a place to live is at the top of the priority list. You can opt for agency housing or take a housing stipend — or you can try one of the more unconventional housing options out there. It all depends on what kinds of accommodations you can find, what they cost, and how open to adventure and uncertainty you are!
Inclement Weather Bears Getting Used to for Travel Nurses

Inclement Weather Bears Getting Used to for Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, December 05, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

Bitter winters, torrential rains, and destructive winds are just some of the inclement weather variables different parts of the country face seasonally. If you’re a travel nurse headed to a new assignment in an unfamiliar part of the country, get familiar with the climate before you go.
How Your Certifications Can Set You Apart as a Travel Nurse

How Your Certifications Can Set You Apart as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Education & Career Advancement

Certifications are the next rung up the ladder for many nurses. But it’s not always easy to determine what kind of certifications are best for you or if it’s worth pursuing one in your current position. It pays to look at the type of professional you want to be, as well as what certifications interest you before jumping into further study.
It’s Time to Start Thinking Seriously About C. Diff

It’s Time to Start Thinking Seriously About C. Diff

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Industry News

If you’ve never had C. diff, count your blessings. If you have, you know how bad it can be. Regardless, it’s crucial for travel nurses to protect themselves against it. That could be harder than ever, according to news reports about a super strain of the bacteria. Here’s what you need to know to keep yourself safe from this painful, unpleasant condition.
Tips for Picking up the Routine at Your New Hospital

Tips for Picking up the Routine at Your New Hospital

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2019 in On the Job

No matter how prepared you are for your next assignment, there’s still going to be a transitional period. You need to learn how they do things and what the expectations are. Instead of fearing the unknown, embrace it ― adapt to your assignment and have confidence in your skills to carry you through. You’ll quickly settle in and become comfortable doing what you do best: helping patients.
6 Ways for Coping with the Stress of Life in the ER

6 Ways for Coping with the Stress of Life in the ER

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in On the Job

The stress of your career is bound to bleed into the rest of your life. Imagine trying to relax after a day of nonstop patient intake, gruesome injuries, and tense situations. The life of an ER nurse is exhausting — physically, mentally, and emotionally. Coping with stress in a therapeutic, proactive way helps it from bleeding into your personal life, causing burnout and lasting emotional trauma.
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