By July 12, 2010 2 Comments

Going Green: Reduce your carbon footprint while travel nursing


This is the first in the series of ways in which you can be green while living as a travel nurse. Being a travel nurse can really make living easy. Your housing is provided, your utility bills paid and you’re making great money. With all these wonderful benefits of travel nursing it can be easy to get carried away and live a frivolous life. That’s fine as long as you can afford to, but there are some matters in which you should really take a closer look at, more specifically what you waste.

In the 21st century it is important to think about the effect we as humans are having on planet Earth. Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere like Bin Laden – I’m sure you’ve heard of the catastrophe that is the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. What a disaster that is! This is just one obvious and major concern for our environment, but there are many smaller scale topics we must also be concerned with as it all adds up one way or another.

Wherever your next travel nursing job may take you, it is important to think the same green way. In some states and cities you can be penalized and fined for not recycling, or using too much water while in other places these things seem less important. No matter where, it is all important and vital that you start living green, not only for you but for generations to come. So what are some measures you can take to ensure you are leaving far fewer carbon footprints?

Alternative Transportation

One obvious way to reduce your footprint is to travel less by automobile. Sure, you have to get to your next assignment some how. But what about when you’re there? Do you have a bicycle? Is the facility you’ll be working at within walking distance? Perhaps it is far enough away to warrant traveling by some sort of motorized transportation, and what better way than public transit. Most major cities have buses and rail systems to get you where you need to be. Or, once you’ve familiarized yourself with co-workers try and organize a car pool. If you must travel by car to get to work and around town, try and plan carefully before you head out for the day. Try and get groceries, the movie rental and your hair cut all in the same outing. This will save you time, money and gas.

Environmental Conservation

While living in your company provided housing it’s easy to be wasteful since you’re not paying the bills. But that is no way to think. If you’re going to be gone for 12 hours a day, make sure to turn off the lights. Unplug electronics and other power sapping devices, even your phone charger is eating up electricity when not in use. These small things can surely add up to big savings!

When brushing your teeth, turn off the water until you need to rinse. When doing laundry, try and compile a big load as opposed to just washing an outfit you want to wear for the next day. This one may sound strange, but go buy yourself a low-flow shower head. This will help reduce water consumption – but don’t forget to take it with you once your assignment is over, as long as you’ve saved to old one to put back.

Canvas bags are all the rage as of late. Use these at the grocery store and every other place you’ll shop. There’s no need for all those fancy, yet wasteful paper and plastic bags you get with every purchase. By doing this you’ll cut the use of bags, by two-thirds!

Start with these few easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint. It doesn’t take a lot of work to be green, just some forethought and before you know it you’ll be living green! Tune in next week for other ways in which you can protect mother Earth.

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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.

2 Comments on "Going Green: Reduce your carbon footprint while travel nursing"

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  1. Patrick this is an excellent article. One of the things my nurse friend does (she is a traveling nurse at this time) she tries to get her housing within walking distance of the medical clinic she is going to be doing her assignment at. Great stuff.

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