Virtual Travel Nurse Communities Provide Support, Insight, and Opportunities for New Nurses

Written by Rose Torrento on Thursday, February 04, 2021 Posted in Travel Nurse Tips

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It’s not uncommon for new travel nurses to feel disconnected and alone while on assignment. It can be challenging to develop a support system when you’re on the move every few months, from one assignment to the next, which is why so many travel nurses gravitate toward online communities of fellow nursing professionals.   

Community support

Travel nurses have a unique job that many others can’t easily relate to. As a new travel nurse, it’s important to have an outlet where you can chat with people in a similar position. Other travel nurses easily relate to the ups and downs of the job — especially when it comes to your first few assignments.

Although you will likely make a few friends on assignment, there’s an even bigger pool of travel nurses, just like you, who frequent online forums and travel nursing groups. Joining these communities can provide you with the support you need after a challenging shift or when you’re feeling homesick. These groups offer support for the happy moments, too! It’s nice to be able to celebrate milestones and victories with people who understand your career and can truly appreciate your wins. If you’re feeling isolated on assignment, remember that there are entire communities waiting to lift you up online.

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Education and career insight

Travel nursing groups and online communities aren’t just for moral support, however. They also can provide meaningful education and career insight. It can be difficult to find industry-related news, policies, and discussions without knowing a few people already in the sector.

For example, you may find tips and tricks for settling in to a new assignment, how to handle difficult co-workers, finding appropriate housing, and more. Nurses, by nature, are helpers and caregivers. So it comes as no surprise that their online communities are thriving and brimming with useful information for every stage of your career.

To get the most out of the travel nursing group or forum, get active! Read and engage with existing posts and conversations. Ask a question and remain active in the conversation as others share their insight and advice. And, as you learn or gain new experiences, don’t forget to share those as well. After all, there may be a new travel nursing coming up the ranks who is going through the same thing you just did. As with any relationship, online communities require active participation.

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Networking opportunities

Networking is one of the most important activities a travel nurse can do while on assignment. However, this is sometimes easier said than done. While it’s still useful to network within your current facility, you can network and make new friends on forums and online communities as well. You never know, that travel nurse who helped celebrate your first assignment online might be a great travel buddy in the future!

Meeting other travel nurses online allows you to always have a community of friends and colleagues available, even when you’re not in the same place. And, thanks to the nature of your job, you might even be able to meet up one day if you’re working in the same region.

Making friends and getting emotional and career support can be difficult, especially for new travel nurses. By turning to these online communities of like-minded professionals, you’ll forge strong connections and become a better nurse because of them.

Part of getting acclimated to life as a travel nurse is knowing where to look and who to turn to for support. In addition to social groups, don’t forget that your Health Providers Choice recruiter is a great resource, too! Contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800 with any questions you have or to discuss any concerns you have about an upcoming assignment.

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.