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By November 15, 2010 0 Comments

Travel Nurses Connecting With Patients Takes Patience, All Kinds.


It’s obvious that in order to take on the lifestyle of a traveling nurse, you must posses certain qualities not seen in your typical nurse. For a travel nurse to succeed they must be open to adventure and be willing to step up and take on their new position with little or no orientation at all. They must be confident and assertive, yet pleasant and empathetic. Just like anything in life, you must be ready to switch gears at any time and be ready to take on any number of challenges you must face with the same smiling face, especially when dealing with children and then turn around to deal with  senior citizens as patients.

Have you ever thought why patients may act up when a nurse is present? Why they may be sweet and attentive or bitter and distrustful? A nurse may have preconceived notions about their patients and hope that each is as pleasant as the last. But is this ever the case?

Travel Nurse adjusts treatment for each patient

Comforting patients of all sizes is just part of the job of a travel nurse.

The one important thing to remember about the patients you’re caring for is they may have lingering bad memories of a loved one who was admitted to the hospital or a personal experience of their own that has essentially scarred them for life. Nurses must remember to be mindful of each person’s unique situation and adjust their treatment to cater to their needs. Just think of the many stages one goes through in life, the infant, the toddler, the school age child, the teenager, and finally the adult.

Over at you can read about the differing stages of these certain types of patients and how you can adjust the way you deal with them to provide them with the most optimum care possible.

Throughout nursing we encounter different personalities, different ages, and different backgrounds on a daily basis. Although it can be hard, try to put yourself in your patient’s shoes. There could be nothing more gratifying than hearing one of your more difficult patients expressing how thankful they are for the care you provided.

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 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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