By August 9, 2010 1 Comments

How to get yourself noticed as a travel nurse, in a positive light.


I’m sure a lot of you have aspirations of doing great things with your profession, whether it’s to run the floor as the head nurse or run the whole hospital. In order for you to climb that ladder of success you first must make it known that you have goals and that you have the skills necessary to succeed. As a traveling nurse, it’s easy to think that you’re just there to fill in, but just because it’s a temporary position doesn’t mean you can’t let your skills shine, especially those that you have a strangle hold on. Doing great work will do wonders for you as a travel nurse and will surely lead to high recommendations which will help you take the steps to greater things you want to accomplish as a Registered Nurse. So what are some things you can do to promote yourself as the rising star you are?

Focus on what you’re good at.

It’s natural to be great at some things while only being okay at others. Instead of trying to conquer all that you’re not good at, you should try and hone in on what you’re really good at and make it that much better. You might think you should do just the opposite and improve where you’re weakest, “you don’t necessarily need to look at what you don’t do well and try to improve in that area,” says R.M. Carpenter, manager of the medical intensive-care unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center. “Instead, you should identify your strengths and play on those strengths.”

Address solutions, not problems.

As a travel nurse you probably notice a lot of things that hospitals and other healthcare facilities might do wrong or at least, different. That’s easy, anyone can point out the problems but not many have the answers. If you really want to get yourself noticed, offer up some ideas to help solve the problems instead of just pointing them out. There are three types of performers in the workforce, the high performers who offer solutions, average performers who point out problems and low performers who blame others for problems. Which one are you? Even if you’re there as a traveling nurse, speak up.  Your experiences around the country could be vital in helping another facility or team realize come up with a solution.

Don’t be afraid to speak up.

Being a travel nurse you may find it uncomfortable to speak up if you see things that are not only questionable but could put a patients safety at risk. You should never be afraid to speak your mind, especially if a patient is involved. There are of course ways to go about it without coming off as a know-it-all or hurting others feelings. Be cordial with your statements  and ask questions like, “Help me understand why you do it this way” as opposed to, “You’ve got it all wrong!” Besides talking with your peers, you should also adjust the manner in which you communicate with others like, patient family members, physicians and other employees of the facility. You need to be able to communicate effectively with anyone if you want to reach the top.

Offer yourself as a volunteer.

There’s no better way to gain positive exposure than by volunteering and stepping up when called upon. If your boss asks for volunteers, you should do it. Being proactive and taking charge are great ways to show you have the leadership skills necessary to be successful. By volunteering you will expose yourself to other departments and have a chance to show-off your desire to take your career to the next level, especially when you exceed all expectations.

Only you can control how far you go. As a travel nurse you have numerous opportunities to showcase your skills and desires to be the best. This can only lead to strong recommendations from peers and those in charge. With the many different travel nurse jobs you pursue you can strengthen your chances at going further in your profession, so take charge and go as far as you want to go!

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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. Great write up, it has happened time and time again that some of the best nurses get passed up because they are also the most humble. Yes, there is a difference between confident and cocky, however when the recognition you deserve is directed else where it may be the time to do a little self PR>

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