By October 27, 2009 0 Comments

Getting sick while on assignment is no fun.

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You already know that being a travel nurse takes a certain type of personality, one that is able to handle all the new challenges that come with the position and new location. You have to be ready and able to respond to any kind of surprises that may come your way. Getting sick is one that you may not think of ahead of time but you definitely want to be prepared to some degree. Being away from the comforts of your home while being sick can only seem to make matters worse. The furnishings in your temporary housing just doesn’t have the same feel and comfort you are use to at home and you may not have anyone close to you who would be able to drop by with anything you may need from the store or pharmacy. So what are some things you can do to prepare yourself to hopefully prevent this from happening?

– The time leading up to leaving for your next assignment you want to make sure you ready yourself and your body. Packing and all those things that go along with a move can be stressing, so make sure you are getting plenty of rest and sticking to your normal sleep schedule.
– It would be best to try and maintain all the things you would normally do like exercising, but don’t go overboard, it could only lead to more stress on your body.
– This ones a no-brainer. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizers.
– Bring your prescriptions along and any extras if need be.
– Health insurance is usually handled by your staffing agency, so just have your recruiter contact information available so that you can notify them and in turn they can deal with the facility where you are to work.
– Always, always, always have a list of your emergency contacts handy, just in case.

I’m not exactly sure what the protocol is for travel nurses who become sick, if they are able to seek treatment at the facilities they are working for or if they must seek out their own care elsewhere. I suppose if it were I dire need it’s not like they’re going to turn you away… But if you are in need of medical attention and don’t know where to go or can’t get there by yourself you can use these in-home doctor services like InnHouseDoctor or Physician Finders at WebMD and one more, Find A Doc. Hopefully it never comes to that, but if it does there is help just a phone call away. I wish you all the best of health and good luck on all your travels.

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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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