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By July 28, 2008 0 Comments

The easiest way to keep a secret is without help.


Rumor Mill

Let’s face it, rumors are a fact of life. I’m sure each and every one of us is guilty of playing a part in the rumor mill. Whether it was back in high school when you heard Susie dumped Johnny for Mike to go prom and you told your lunch table. Or maybe it was between family and that Uncle Jim lost his job because x, y and z. It all seems harmless at the time, but is it really?

Most of the time rumors start because there is a lack of information or truth pertaining to the subject. Rumor is defined as, a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts: a rumor of war. It’s difficult to separate ones self from being involved with such happenings, but there are ways to h and le the situation in a professional manner.

As a traveling nurse, you will come into many new surroundings where you will not know a single soul and your only connection would be with the manager who hired you. So that is your point of contact and probably the one person you should be able to trust. There may be some chatty nurses and it could be real easy for you to feel accepted by playing along with their gossip, but in the end it can hurt you. Building trust among your peers is an important quality to your career, but that is not how it’s done. My best advice to you is that if you hear something derogatory or blasphemous, ask kindly to hear no more. Knowing such “information” can make you feel uneasy and add stress to your already hectic environment, so it is best to just avoid it all costs.

So what should you do if you are burdened with a rumor? If you do hear a rumor, either go to the source or speak with a superior to find out the truth. Before you prolong the gossip, ask yourself, “Is there a reason to pass on this information? Is it fact or fiction?”

Posted in: Travel Nursing

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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