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5 Ways Travel Nursing Improves Your Skills

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5 Ways Travel Nursing Improves Your Skills: Learn how you can take your professional skills to the top of the mountain!

5 Ways Travel Nursing Improves Your Skills: Learn how you can take your professional skills to the top of the mountain!

Travel Nurses are a highly skilled bunch of healthcare professionals. They must hit the ground running at each new facility, so they must be fully clinically and professionally prepared. But, even though you arrive at an assignment with a sharp skill set, travel nursing will even help you hone your skills even more!

Here are 5 ways travel nursing improves your skills:

Proving Adaptability       

Travel nursing lets you practice and prove your adaptability. You have to be flexible in terms of patients, colleagues, locations, hospital policies and systems, and more. Adaptability is an asset for any nurse — and traveling is one of the best ways to practice this skill.

Encountering Variety

There are A LOT of x-factors when it comes to hospitals, their purpose, designations, and the area they are in. For example, as you move from one area to another you will likely treat a greater variety of patients. Hospitals can be rural, urban, different sizes, cater to different demographics, teaching hospitals, and even more differences that will translate to a wider variety of experience for you — and your resume!

Meeting the Challenge

Travel Nurses can gain a lot of confidence from facing and meeting the new challenges of traveling. There are a lot of things in life that might seem daunting at first, but once you conquer them you really get in touch with your own strength and that feels amazing. Succeeding in travel nursing will build your confidence which in turn enhances your skills.

Learning New Systems

In your travels it’s likely that you’ll encounter a variety of EMR systems. As you work with each different system you’ll become proficient and this makes you even more marketable and flexible in the future.

Practicing People Skills

While travel nursing you will meet a greater variety of personalities than a perm nurse — including patients, colleagues, and hospital administration. This exposure to a lot of different people and temperaments will leave you with awesome people skills.

Surely there are more than 5 ways travel nursing improves your skills — what are some ways you’ve benefitted from?

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About the Author:

Hi, I'm Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I'm not a travel nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I'm very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!

2 Comments on "5 Ways Travel Nursing Improves Your Skills"

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  1. Michelle says:

    Here’s a thought: I go with travel companies that tell me straight up how much money per hour I will make on the assignment. However I see other companies offering $10-$15 an hour in northern California to a BSN degreed nurse. Whats up with that? They say you feel like you are making $30 per hour but what does that mean? And why would any reasonable nurse work for $10-$15 per hour???

  2. Carlos says:

    What that means is that the $15/hr you’re making is the only taxable portion of your paycheck! Factor in tax-free per diem money, the tax-free housing stipend, insurance reimbursement, plus any completion bonus you also get: THEN you will start to see why travel nurses make upwards of $40 an hour!

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