By January 11, 2010 0 Comments

Being a traveler takes some adjustment.

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As a traveling nurse you already have much to adjust to. Perhaps you’re moving from east to west so you have the differing time zones which can put your sleep schedule all out of whack. Then there’s the new hours in which you’ll be working, maybe going from day to night shift and there’s also the possibility of you taking on a different role. The list is vast when it comes to making the adjustments for travel nurses. The most important of these changes is within the traveling nurse themselves.

As a traveler you have the opportunity to see so many different places and meet so many different faces. Each and every place different from the last and with the people it is no different. Here is where your ability to adapt is important. At the many hospitals in which you can work, you will meet a host of varied personalities and there will most likely come a time when you meet someone that you know will not be easy to get along with. So what do you do? You can’t just butt heads over and over, for this will certainly lead to bigger issues.

It all starts with your attitude. It makes all the difference in how we feel and how we will react to those who may do things a bit differently than what we might be use to. As a traveler you already know that it can be difficult at times to get fit to how your new facility and those who work there operate. We all have our ways and we should learn to appreciate the characteristics that make each of us unique. It would be a pretty bland place to live if we were exactly like each other. So when you are thrust into a team situation and one of your peers is going about a procedure in a manner you are not use to, don’t just react. Take a second and think about what really is bothering you about the situation. If there’s no harm being done and it’s simply them doing it differently than you, accept it. There’s not much you can do. If you thought maybe it could put a patient in harms way, by all means speak up. But if ultimately it’s just them doing it a way you may not, go with the flow.

By taking a second to think about the big picture and what it is that may be causing you to question the way others do certain tasks, you can avoid a lot of unnecessary stress. This stress ultimately will begin to affect your life and can turn any travel nursing assignment into a nightmare, especially if you will be working alongside the person(s) for a while. So the next time you want to blurt out something and “correct” someone, stop. Don’t do it. Take a minute, reflect and gauge with honesty. It can work wonders for your attitude.

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About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions and am going on my 3rd year as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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  1. Halie says:

    Attitude does make all the difference. Great post!

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