Most people think that the job of a traveling nurse entails having to simply follow some old, invalid geyser around while he and his young trophy wife jet set around the poshest global destinations. However, that is far from the truth though the job still is very rewarding and provides you with a wonderful experience of world cultures. Here are a few do’s and don’ts that would help you become a better travel nurse.
1. Embrace the challenge
Joining a new team of caretakers in a foreign country or a different culture could be anxiety inducing. However, it could also be a rewarding experience if you pull your socks up and take the challenge up.
2. Make an effort to learn names
When you first join a new team, make an effort to introduce yourself to everyone and remember everyone’s names as well.
3. Lend a hand
Being a team player and asking others if they need a hand with the patient or taking care of something else would help you fit in with the team. Just remember not to act like you know better than them.
4. Be meticulous
A traveling nurse is often the sole outsider in a household or staff. It becomes important to remember that you would be the fall guy should something go wrong. Pay attention to details in your work as well as paperwork to avoid trouble.
5. Be a sport
You don’t have to act like a saint or a martyr when the older staff isn’t too hospitable to you. Instead try being a sport and make light of whatever stiff words are headed your way. This may even help break the ice between you and other staff members.
1. Be too shy
Even if you aren’t too comfortable working with people you don’t know, you have to be the person who needs to ask questions and initiate conversation with others on the team.
2. Try to act too smart
Even if you have a lot of experience, when you join a new team, you’re a newcomer and a guest in someone’s house. Don’t make up your own rules. Instead, ask an authority figure to guide you about how things are done there.
3. Work as a loner
Working as a loner will only isolate you. Try befriending people. It could make light of the work and your stay there.
4. Take things too personally
Being a traveling nurse means that you have been brought in to take care of someone who is really ill. The pressure of the work situation can get stressful at times. If your patient or another team member is being rude to you for a discernible reason, give them the benefit of the doubt at least once.