By July 7, 2010 2 Comments

13 simple ways to overcome travel nurse stereotypes


ebook about agency nurseI came across this ebook called  Hello Agency Nurse the other day and it made me think about the fact that despite all the great benefits that come with a travel nursing job, it can still make a difficult job tougher if you face resentment and resistance from the permanent nurses you work with at some assignments.

Looking through the preview pages of this book (I did not buy it) it is clear that the author has encountered travel nurses in her hospital that have shaped her opinion of all travel nurses. It is sad that a few bad apples can create an impression of the entire bunch, but that is how stereotypes are formed I guess.

As a travel nurse you will never know what kind of setting you are encountering or what can kind of reception you will receive. So you need to go into every assignment with the right attitude that is appropriate whether you are going into the world’s nurse traveler friendliest hospital or the most difficult.

You can do that by remembering when you interact with your new co-workers that the nurses you are now working with may have worked with bad traveling RNs in the past and are not looking forward to training a new one who will be moving on in 13 weeks and may be stressed and/or overworked themselves. Just keep in mind that you are there to help them and focus on these 13 key areas:

  1. Learn to embrace challenges  
  2. Commit to being a problem solver
  3. Stay flexible
  4. Have a great resume and be able to walk the talk
  5. Have strong clinical skills
  6. Stay organized
  7. Develop great people skills
  8. Learn to “read” people
  9. Be assertive without being pushy
  10. Be a professional
  11. Be on-time
  12. Be willing to help
  13. Go beyond your job description (when appropriate)

By keeping these areas in mind you can tear down a little of the negative stereotypes of travel nurses that are out there on each assignment you work.

Remember a bad experience sticks with people a lot longer than a good one, so if you encounter a nurse who has a preconceived notions about travel nurses, don’t fret, just be awesome.

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About the Author:

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

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  1. Jesse says:

    I think really successful travel nurses know how to make friends everywhere they go. The ones I always remember best aren’t just the ones with great clinical skills. I remember the ones with a great attitude and who seem to genuinely like people.

    They are friendly and cheerful. They ask questions in a way that says “hey, I find you interesting and want to really know what you have to say”.

  2. Melissa says:

    As a traveler, I think first impressions are everything. I look at every hospital as a client that I need to deliver the best customer service to. I approach every job with a positive upbeat attitude. Moreover, I never act as if I know everything. You have to be “teachable”. Every facility has a different style, and you have to be open to their culture as well as methods.

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