Go Where You’re Needed: What Drives You to Help?
Written by Rose Torrento on Thursday, December 13, 2018 Posted in On the Job
Nothing is more rewarding than doing a job you’re passionate about. For travel nurses, the adventurous aspects of travel provide an even greater sense of fulfillment. Think about what drove you to become a nurse; then, add the thrill of going to a place where your passion can be fully realized. The feeling is truly amazing.
Finding your drive for nursing
Most nurses have a passion that attracted them to their nursing careers. The best nurses are the ones who know why they want to be a nurse. These driving factors vary from nurse to nurse, but every reason is a valid one.
Some nurses join the profession because they have a strong desire to help others in need. The medical field is a great place to help sick or injured individuals become healthy and happy once again.
For others, the pursuit of challenges is what drives them. Nursing is a demanding career full of both stress and rewards. Working through these challenges gives many nurses great satisfaction.
Others have a strong inclination toward medicine and science or are interested in the human body and illnesses. Finding a job in nursing allows you to learn more about the body, medicine, and science every day, all while helping others and getting paid.
Every nurse’s drive is unique. The exact factors that drive you aren’t as important as the fact that you’re putting that drive to use in your profession.
Being a travel nurse lets you apply your passion
One of the most rewarding ways for nurses to utilize their passions is to become a travel nurse. Becoming a travel nurse provides nurses countless opportunities to apply their skills and really home in on why they became a nurse in the first place. In a travel nurse position, you’re able to pursue your passion wherever you want or wherever you’re needed most.
If your main motivation is to help people in need, being a travel nurse provides you with the opportunity to travel and work short-term contracts in areas that have recently experienced natural disasters, such as hurricanes or wildfires. If you work a staff position at a facility far away from the area of impact, you won’t be able to help in the same way.
Or perhaps you’re interested in learning more about medicine and technology as part of your career. If so, being a travel nurse allows you to travel to new locations every 13 weeks to learn about different facilities and the differing technologies they use.
Travel nursing also opens doors for nurses that they may not find at their local hospital or even in their state. Becoming a travel nurse allows you to truly focus on your passion while at work.
You can help change the world
Across the United States — and around the world — there is a demand for quality nurses, especially ones who are driven and passionate about their jobs. As the baby-boomer generation grows older, more nurses are needed to take care of them.
Numerous studies have projected a nurse shortage within the next decade. Becoming a travel nurse can help solve two problems. Travel nursing helps address the nursing shortage by bolstering the workforce and sending you where you are needed most. In addition, travel nursing helps you find the most fulfillment in what you do, giving you additional opportunities to explore and exercise your passion.
About the Author
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.