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