Milestones for Travel Nurses to Track as Their Career Progresses

Written by Rose Torrento on Thursday, January 23, 2020 Posted in Travel Nurse Tips

Everyone gets a little boost from seeing their accomplishments laid out for them. But no one is tracking your professional achievements unless you do it yourself. That’s why it’s important to look at your travel nursing career through milestones. Whether you’re taking your fifth or fiftieth assignment, it’s nice to be able to see how far you’ve come. And, as a travel nurse, there are so many metrics and milestones you can track to show your growth and progress.

Milestone tracking provides an overview of growth

Tracking your achievements throughout your travel nursing career is a great way to recognize personal and professional growth. By doing so, you’ll have a record of all the great things you’ve accomplished and completed over the years. Nursing — even travel nursing — can feel monotonous at times, especially when you’re exhausted after a few long shifts or are feeling the effects of burnout. However, glancing at the many milestones you’ve reached and how much you’ve invested in yourself and your job can help reinvigorate your passion for nursing.

Reviewing your milestone achievements comes in handy when you’re feeling down about your performance or second-guessing your abilities as a nurse. Everyone feels this way at some point. But, when you have a journal full of your past accomplishments to read through, you'll remember how experienced you are and why you’re capable of tackling that next challenge.

Finally, tracking milestones is fun! It doesn’t matter whether you track the big things or the small things that have happened over the years. Milestones are about what’s important to you, so start jotting things down and maybe even rewarding yourself when you hit a big one!

What to track

Everyone will have their own favorite milestones to track based on what is most important to them. For example, if you love to travel, tracking the miles flown or driven for assignments might be of interest to you. If you’re dedicated to maximizing and diversifying your travel nurse opportunities, you might want to track how many facilities you’ve worked. Here are some milestone ideas to get you started:

  • Cities or states worked in
  • Number of weeks spent on assignment
  • Facilities worked at
  • Total miles traveled
  • Number of certifications obtained
  • Income earned from travel nursing assignments

If you want even more milestones to track, pretend you’re a job applicant. Think of the things you’d want to include on your resume that show your experience.

How to track your milestones

After you determine what exactly you’d like to track for career milestones, the next step is to choose a method for tracking. Many people use a journal to take notes and create dedicated milestone pages. You also may find success by tracking in a mobile application, spreadsheet, or a worksheet dedicated to milestones. There’s no wrong way to track. Choose the method that makes the most sense for you.

Now that you know what milestones you want to track and how you’ll track them, make a point to incorporate milestone tracking into your routine. For example, when you jet off for a new assignment, write down the mileage and the name of your new facility. If you make notetaking a habit, it will be easier for you to track and later appreciate your accomplishments.

Tracking milestones is a great way to stay engaged in your career and excited about what’s next. Keep your goals in mind when talking with your recruiter and ask for assignments that align with them. Health Providers Choice is always happy to help accommodate your professional aspirations. Contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800.

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.