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:
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.
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?