Being a seasoned traveling nurse, you have a pretty good idea of what it’s going to take to adapt to your new assignment. There’s a whole new city you have to learn to navigate around, a new manager, new co-workers, new housing, pretty much everything you were used to at your previous assignment you now have to reset. Over time, all these adjustments and changes become much easier and before you know it, it’s second nature. But what if you’re not used to change or have difficulty dealing with change within short periods of time?
Dealing with and handling change and uncertainty is one of the major challenges each of us faces in today’s world. And we face it in our business and personal lives. It can be said that change and uncertainty arrive together and that most people find it much more difficult to manage and endure ambiguity and waiting than to deal with changes as they happen. You can be certain though, that each and everyone of us is bound to deal with change and uncertainty multiple times throughout our lifetimes. Here are seven steps you can take to help you prepare and deal with the inevitable, change.
- Adopt an attitude that accepts and welcomes change. Most of you who have decided to be a traveling nurse possess this, otherwise why would you want to leave what you’re already doing?
- No more stinkin’ thinking! If you have a positive and fresh outlook on the world and what it presents us, you will have a far greater chance at turning lemons into lemonade.
- Be determined and stay focused on the goals you want to achieve. Any bumps in the road will are simply minor detours on your path to success.
- Keep spirits up and draw from your emotional strength, energy, character, passion and “will” to break down any walls in your way to your goals
- Always think of what it will be like to attain your goals and don’t dwell on any negativity that may get in the way.
- Free yourself for your future by “letting go” of the negative and the past. We are given a choice each day on how to react, whether positively or negatively, what you choose will directly affect the outcome.
- Wait to judge your today and tomorrow until they have become yesterday. Our tomorrows often look very different when they become our yesterdays.
Try to remember these tips when dealing with a new assignment or any changes that may occur in your life from here on out. The only thing certain in life is death and taxes, so prepare yourself for the unknown and you’ll be well on your way to making your life much more open to changes.
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