By October 20, 2008 0 Comments

Be social, be mobile.

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In today’s day and age there are quite a number of ways to connect with people you know in an instant and yes, there are still the old fashioned ways of doing things too. The hand written letter has been replaced by email, the telephone is now in your pocket as opposed to being on the wall in the kitchen with a cord that’s been stretched to lengths not thought possible. The lock and key diary under your bed is now accessible via personal blogs and you can make “friends” with ease, all the while without having any sort of human contact. Yes, the 21st century is becoming more social at the same time being anti-social.

With all these advancements in technology it is so much easier for you, the traveling nurse and traveling allied health professional to keep in contact with those those you know and love. There are so many social networking sites out there, with MySpace, Facebook and Twitter leading the way. Each has a unique interface and function, but moreover they all do the same thing. I’m sure most of you have at least been on these sites at least once or have completed a profile of your own. It can be a useful tool to connect with people you may have lost contact with, or just something fun you and your friends can do when there’s not enough time in the week to see one another. These are perfect means for the traveling healthcare professional!

While on the road on assignment you can keep your friends and family updated with your life on the road. The standard use to be logging on via computer, but today you can do so by way of your cell phone. You can update your “status” or get sent updates on those you have chosen and those are all relayed by SMS or text messaging. That’s basically what the site Twitter is all about. It’s a fun, easy way to update your followers in 140 characters or less! Facebook also offers a mobile version as well as MySpace. With all these different sites available to you on a mobile basis, there’s no reason you can’t be in the know, even if you are a thousand miles away. There is usually no extra charge connected to these mobile sites, it’s just a standard text message. Check your carrier plan to gain a greater understanding if you think it might be extra.

So even though you’re no where near home, you can still feel like you’re in the know while on assignment as a travel nurse. Log on to your favorite social networking site and check out there mobile offerings and soon you can get updates 24/7 straight to your pocket!

Here are the links to my 3 favorite mobile social networking sites:

Twitter: Twitter Devices
Facebook: Facebook Mobile
MySpace: MySpaceMobile

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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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