Archive for September, 2009

Ask a Travel Nurse: Has travel nursing left the building?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Has travel nursing left the building?

I had an email from a reader asking if, “things were getting any better?” in regard to the way the economy has affected travel nursing. The past year has certainly seen a shift in the way hospitals operate and this has had a big impact on the travel nursing profession.

You take the good, you take the bad and there you have…

You take the good, you take the bad and there you have…

Towards the beginning of this year it became apparent that those in healthcare and specifically nursing would be seeing some unwanted changes. It is a known fact that this country is experiencing a major nursing shortage and many in the field would feel the brunt of it this year. The economic state of this country […]

By September 28, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Getting there is half the fun

Getting there is half the fun

One of the cool things about being a travel nurse is obviously the ability to live in cool cities for three months at a time, but don’t forget about the fun of getting there. The travel nurse road trip is one of the hidden treasures of travel nursing and is something you should take some […]

By September 25, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: What should I do if the hospital cancels my contract?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What should I do if the hospital cancels my contract?

In last week’s post, I mentioned that there might come a time when a hospital terminates your contract. Although it is rare for this to happen, in over a decade of travel, I can say that I have had two contracts that were terminated by the hospital. Let’s take a look at a few things […]

Get the most out of your nursing career.

Get the most out of your nursing career.

Remember all those years ago when you first decided that the nursing profession was where you wanted to be, what you wanted to do? Being a nurse meant many things in the beginning; you would have a job you loved and you got to help those in need. But there comes a point and time […]

By September 21, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
The pros and cons of travel nursing

The pros and cons of travel nursing

If you are just starting your exploration into a travel nursing career one of the smartest and easiest things you can do is make a simple pros and cons list. A pros and cons list is one of the most efficient ways to start the decision making process and is something you should make for yourself as […]

By September 18, 2009 2 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I deal with the different personalities I will encounter as a travel nurse?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I deal with the different personalities I will encounter as a travel nurse?

A reader emailed wanting to hear more about “bully nurses” and “bully nurses in supervisor positions”. Although the image she conjured in my mind was rather sinister, I do have to admit that there are those in nursing that will not always be cheerful and welcoming. Despite the mostly positive aspects of travel nursing, you […]

How to deal with patients, the difficult ones.

How to deal with patients, the difficult ones.

I’m sure most nurse and traveling nurses have had to deal with some sort of rude or even abusive patient at some point during their careers. These situations may rise or even worsen when patients and nurse stress levels are at their peak. So what are some ways in which you can prevent or at […]

By September 14, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I be a travel nurse as a nursing manager?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I be a travel nurse as a nursing manager?

I had a question from a reader that is a director of an emergency room and wondered if there would be any travel positions for him in this capacity. I wanted to blog on this because from time to time I do hear from people with specialized positions that wish to travel. In reply to […]

13 Week Tourist

13 Week Tourist

Being a travel nurse affords many opportunities that a lot of professions do not offer. The most obvious of those opportunities are the wonderful cities and towns you get to live in 13 weeks at a time and sometimes more. Each location will always have something to offer you, sometimes it is obvious and in […]

By September 8, 2009 0 Comments Read More →