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Compassion Fatigue: How to Recognize and Fight it as a Travel Nurse

Compassion Fatigue: How to Recognize and Fight it as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, January 06, 2022 in On the Job

Compassion is an essential part of the job for every healthcare professional. For nurses, it’s part of every day, every shift, and every patient interaction. But when compassion fatigue creeps in, it’s difficult to feel good about your job. If you’re feeling short on compassion, you’re not alone.
Urban vs. Rural Assignments: What to Expect From Your Destination

Urban vs. Rural Assignments: What to Expect From Your Destination

Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in On the Job

Healthcare facilities differ dramatically depending on their location. A rural facility in the heart of the Midwest won’t have the same diagnostic and treatment capabilities as a state-of-the-art medical center in a major coastal city. Travel nurses should be prepared for the differences and adapt accordingly. What you’re used to at one location may differ drastically at another. Adapting quickly is critical.
Become a Better Nurse by Floating

Become a Better Nurse by Floating

Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2021 in On the Job

Floating tends to be a “love it or hate it” role within the hospital ecosystem. Some nurses love the opportunity to do something new each shift, while others dread the uncertainty of the float pool. For those with float anxiety, learning to embrace the uncertainty can make you a better nurse. You just need the right mindset to take each shift in stride. These tips will help get you into the right headspace.
Good Charting Can Reduce Nursing Liabilities. Here are 5 Tips to Keep in Mind.

Good Charting Can Reduce Nursing Liabilities. Here are 5 Tips to Keep in Mind.

Posted on Thursday, October 01, 2020 in On the Job

Every nurse goes through extensive training to understand and avoid accidents and mistakes that can bring liability upon themselves and their hospital. Charting is an area rife with pitfalls. Even if you’ve been charting for years, there’s still opportunity for human error. Here’s what every nurse needs to remember about charting liabilities and how to develop good habits that minimize them for you and the hospital you’re staffing at.
Near or Far? A Look at Accepting Assignments Close to Home and Far Away

Near or Far? A Look at Accepting Assignments Close to Home and Far Away

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

Travel nursing can take you across the country, from city to city, wherever there’s a need for qualified nurses in your position. Some nurses prefer to stay in-state or regional, never far from home. Others can’t wait to hop a plane and touchdown at a brand-new destination to start their assignment. What kind of travel nurse are you?
Nurses Take Precautions to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

Nurses Take Precautions to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in On the Job

Although it’s nearly impossible to avoid COVID-19 in a hospital, nurses and other healthcare professionals need to be extra cautious about limiting their exposure. Viral load may play a big part in the severity of the condition, which puts healthcare workers at-risk. Here’s what nurses can and should do to limit exposure, minimize the spread of the contagion, and keep themselves as healthy as possible.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding What Happens in a Low Census Situation

Understanding What Happens in a Low Census Situation

Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in On the Job

Your hours and shifts are being cut, and you get the feeling you’re no longer needed at your assignment. You’re officially in a low census situation. What can you do to remedy the situation? Is there any repercussion for terminating your contract? Here’s what you need to know about this rare but real situation.

6 Tips for Coping with New Assignment Anxiety

6 Tips for Coping with New Assignment Anxiety

Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2021 in On the Job

Travel nursing anxiety isn’t usually crippling, but it often affects nurses right before the start of a new assignment. Trepidation can make starting a new assignment feel more complicated or overwhelming than it is.
Coping With a Bad Assignment and Leaving it Behind

Coping With a Bad Assignment and Leaving it Behind

Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2021 in On the Job

If you find yourself nearing the end of a miserable assignment, it’s important not to dwell. Instead, lift your head up and look to the future. Your next assignment is right around the corner, and it’s bound to be better. Process the lessons of an unpleasant assignment, and use them to grow as a professional. Remember, for every poor assignment, there’s an equal — likely greater — number of wonderful experiences waiting for you down the road.
Don’t Go to Work if You’re Symptomatic!

Don’t Go to Work if You’re Symptomatic!

Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2020 in On the Job

The more we learn about COVID-19, the more it becomes increasingly apparent that healthcare workers face a much higher risk of exposure — even with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Travel nurses and other medical professionals need to stay diligent in their self-evaluations and make sure they’re not coming to work if they’re showing symptoms of the virus. Travel nurses must safeguard their own health before they can deliver life-saving care to others. Sometimes, that’s as simple as staying home when symptomatic.
Are You Ready to Travel Again or do You Need More Time?

Are You Ready to Travel Again or do You Need More Time?

Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2020 in On the Job

One of the best things about travel nursing is having control over your assignments. You can pick where you want to go and when you take an assignment. It’s important for nurses to think about how they want to approach their travel nursing career. Do you want to take a string of assignments one after the other and stay busy? Or, do you need some time in between to digest and get ready for the next one? Neither option is wrong, and both are worth considering.
What Happens When You Get Sick on Assignment?

What Happens When You Get Sick on Assignment?

Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2020 in On the Job

Nurses need to take care of their health for the sake of themselves, their patients, and their coworkers. That means bed rest until the contagion has passed and your health is back in good standing. Most nurses can take sick leave, paid time off (PTO), or personal days to recover — but travel nurses don’t always have these options. What can you do if you become seriously ill while on assignment?
Nurses Need to Stay Focused and Mindful During Coronavirus Pandemic

Nurses Need to Stay Focused and Mindful During Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in On the Job

Few people in the healthcare profession have ever dealt with anything as chaotic or demanding as a pandemic outbreak. For many nurses, it’s simply overwhelming. It’s important for nurses to find stability and treat themselves right during these unprecedented circumstances — for their own health and the health of their patients. Here are a few things any nurse can practice to help stay balanced, focused, and healthy as we fight to #FlattenTheCurve.
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.
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.
10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression Your First Day on Assignment

10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression Your First Day on Assignment

Posted on Thursday, August 08, 2019 in On the Job

Getting off on the right foot at your new facility is a great way to set the tone for a positive travel nursing experience. But with a lot of unknowns in front of you, anxiety may take over. The key in presenting yourself as a cool, confident, friendly individual is to approach your assignment with optimism. That approach and these 10 tips can help put you in positive position with your new co-workers.

Missing a Shift as a Travel Nurse – What You Need to Know

Missing a Shift as a Travel Nurse – What You Need to Know

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 in On the Job

At some point in your travel nursing career, illness or personal emergency will likely require you to call off from work. However, in the travel healthcare industry, missing a shift has different repercussions than it does at a permanent job. There are certain factors you want to take into account before calling off a shift as a travel nurse.

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