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What Every Travel Nurse Needs to Know About Cancelled Contracts

What Every Travel Nurse Needs to Know About Cancelled Contracts

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in On the Job

Hopefully you never come up against a cancelled contract. When you do, it’s important to know what that means. In this blog post, we’ll cover why cancelled contracts happen and what you can and should do about them — whether a hospital cancels your contract unexpectedly or you’re the one cancelling it.
Go Where You’re Needed: What Drives You to Help?

Go Where You’re Needed: What Drives You to Help?

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in On the Job

The late, great Fred Rodgers once said, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” No place is this more evident than a travel nursing agency. What drives you to help? Whatever it is, taking action to fulfill your purpose means becoming a helper — whether it’s in the city where you live or across the country, where you’re needed most.
Destructive Nursing - The Chronic Complainer

Destructive Nursing - The Chronic Complainer

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 in On the Job

Every nursing unit has one–the coworker who always seems to have a problem with anything and everything.

Staying Safe on Assignment

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in On the Job

Our nurses are our number one priority! That's why it's imperative for you to stay safe on assignment—through everyday safety and personal health practices.

How to handle difficult patients on travel assignments

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in On the Job

As a travel nurse, your job requires you to provide the best possible care to all patients, regardless of their behavior towards you. You may encounter patients who are angry, depressed, nervous, feel a sense of entitlement or even those with personality disorders or drug and alcohol addictions. It takes planning, compassion and inner poise to prepare yourself to deal with difficult patients.

Assignment burnout: Symptoms and prevention

Assignment burnout: Symptoms and prevention

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in On the Job

Travel nursing is a demanding job and can be very stressful. Nurses often have to deal with long hours and a lot of work. Sometimes there are personnel shortages they have to deal with, along with pressures from doctors, patients and their families.

Take Your Lunch Break and Refresh Your Brain

Take Your Lunch Break and Refresh Your Brain

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019 in On the Job

Do you stop, sit down, and eat lunch every day? If not, you need to start. Taking a break is critically important for maintaining communication, attention to detail, reasoning, and mood. Forgoing your break means doing a disservice to yourself and the patients you work so hard to care for each day.
Who Are the Bullies?

Who Are the Bullies?

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in On the Job

If you haven't been bullied at some point in your life, you've likely witnessed it. Bullies exist everywhere, and even though we typically imagine schoolyard tussles among children, many professionals have experienced similar situations in their day-to-day jobs — especially nurses. Bullying is no longer just an issue for children; it is recognized as a problem among adults, too.

How to Approach your Boss with Issues or Requests

How to Approach your Boss with Issues or Requests

Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in On the Job

Even if you like your boss, confrontation with someone of higher authority usually brings with it some degree of anxiety. If you are nervous about dealing with someone in authority there are ways to successfully approach your boss with issues or requests.

Holiday woes on assignment: How to stay connected

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in On the Job

As a travel nurse, it's important to plan for the holidays. Your nursing recruiter is a valuable source for recommendations during the holiday season. If you plan to take personal time to travel home, it's important to contact your recruiter well in advance of the holidays and discuss your options.

Don't let EHRs decrease patient interaction

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in On the Job

Electronic Health Records, or EHRs, help improve the efficiency of patient care.

Connecting with your community as a traveler

Connecting with your community as a traveler

Posted on Wednesday, September 04, 2013 in On the Job

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.

The Top 5 Struggles New Travel Nurses Have to Adapt to and Overcome

The Top 5 Struggles New Travel Nurses Have to Adapt to and Overcome

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

Every job presents unique struggles. But not every job takes you to a brand-new place and asks you to immediately make an impact! Here are a few of the challenges you’ll face as a travel nurse and what you can do to overcome them.
Walk the Talk: Better Teams Make for Better Work

Walk the Talk: Better Teams Make for Better Work

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 in On the Job

There's no doubt about it: As a travel nurse, you've got to get good at working with lots of different kinds of people — quickly.

Surviving the Night Shift

Surviving the Night Shift

Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in On the Job

The graveyard shift, though preferred by many nurses, is also despised by many. It can be difficult to adjust and maintain a normal work function, finding an efficient sleep schedule and balancing a social life with work.

Traveling with your cat or dog on assignment

Traveling with your cat or dog on assignment

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in On the Job

Traveling with your pet by vehicle is typically easier than traveling with them by air, but is not always possible if your assignment is too far. Different pets will travel differently in vehicles; some dogs and cats are able to travel outside of their kennel while others cannot.

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

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 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 make your job fulfilling or frustrating.

Avoiding travel assignment fallouts

Posted on Monday, June 03, 2013 in On the Job

As a traveling nurse, you are constantly in unfamiliar situations and places where you have to get acquainted with new people and procedures. You are new among a group of people that has probably been together for some time and who know each other well.