As a traveling nurse you have to be quick to get acclimated to your new surroundings and nothing can be more difficult than finding your place among the existing staff. If you’re a seasoned veteran of the traveling scene, you probably already have a good grasp as to what it takes to blend in, but for others who may be new, it can be somewhat overwhelming. That’s perfectly natural, unless of course you are a rare breed who just gets right in there without reservation. The best thing you can do is be yourself and be confident in who you are and the skills you possess. You obviously have the talent, otherwise you wouldn’t be in the position you’re in! Easier said than done I know. We have a few articles on this very subject here at TravelNursingBlogs.com, find them here.
Making friends and connections with your peers is very important to your success while on assignment and so is the connection with your Nurse Manager. Just because they may be in a position of higher ranking does not mean they are unapproachable and think of you less. They are human like you and me and I can bet you 9 times out of 10, they would want to have a relationship that is on the level and based on respect towards one another. So how can you accomplish this at your next traveling nurse destination? Here is a great article posted by a Nurse Manager herself… My Nurse Manager is unapproachable…
Here’s another story about the fears of dealing with a Nurse Manager. Don’t worry, it ends well! Telling your nurse manager about a mistake
Besides learning how to make nice with your Nurse Manager, the site StressedOutNurses.com has numerous articles on all things nursing. Check it out!