With the stress of a new assignment, it’s tempting to hide under a rock for a few weeks until you get acclimated. But, hold on there, you got into travel nursing for reason. Get out there and explore! Here are some tips to help you make the most of you assignment, wherever you maybe.
Tip 1: Make Friends
Although there will be times when you want to strangle them, building good relationships with your coworkers can be very beneficial. Not only will it help you adjust to your new position faster, you could find some great business connections which could help boost your resume. And who knows, you might gain a life-long friend.
Tip 2: Explore
A usual nurse schedule is 3 days on, 4 days off. Yes, you will probably be exhausted after working 3 -12 hour shifts. So rest one day and you have 3 more days to explore and get to know your new city. Scope out all the tourist sports and even ask the local where the best spots are. Also, some good sources online are Yelp, Trip Advisor and for good eats, Urban Spoon. Be optimistic about your new city, you never know what you’ll find.
Tip 3: Don’t Let Yourself Become Homesick
Being on the road away from friends and family can be lonely. That’s why it’s important to maintain regular contact with them. Calling is always a good choice but can be expensive depending on your phone plan. There are some free alternatives. Google Voice is a free phone service that allows you to call anyone in the US from your computer. You just need to sign up for a Gmail account. Skype, is a free video chat service that works on your computer as well as on some smart phones. Tango is very similar to Skype, but is more often used by android owners.
Tip 4: Stay Positive!
No matter where your travel nursing career takes you, there will always be times when you are stressed or unhappy. Even if you absolutely hate your new assignment, you can always rest assured that you will be there for only 13 weeks. Just remember your attitude reflects the care you give your patients.