Travel nurses can face unique challenges based on specific locations where they are working. For example, the recent hurricane Sandy that stormed the East Coast. When you are faced with an unfamiliar situation like this, what should you do? Should you break your contract and retreat home? Or should you wait out the storm and help the injured?
There isn’t a right or wrong answer. It is of course, a personal dilemma. Nurses always have their mind on others and often forget to take care of themselves.
It’s tempting to think that you are off the hook to come in to work during a storm, but it’s actually when they need you the most. Some hospitals suspend permanent nurses if they don’t show up for work in a situation like this. Do you know what the protocol is for your travel nurse assignment in case of a situation like this? It might be worth asking your recruiter.
What would you do ( or have done) in this type of situation?