Surviving Those Tough Assignments

Yes, survival is what it is all about. It’s a jungle out there, and a travel nurse must be prepared to tread through the trenches and come out victorious!Come on, there can’t be much difference between surviving in a jungle and surviving a terrible nursing assignment. Here are my eight tips for survival in Travel Nursing: Shield yourself with a “net” by putting a smile on your face. How can you be sad if you Read more…

Trusted Health: Join a Movement

There is a new wave for staffing agencies where the recruiters are taken out of the picture and replaced with “nurse advocates.”  This has sparked my interest, so I ask John Kensinger if he could explain Trusted Health’s company model and how it works. What is the Process? At Trusted Health they are a team of nurses and innovators that are reimagining how healthcare staffing works. They have replaced the traditional job search and staffing Read more…

PBDS Testing

This is a wonderful test that was developed by Dr. Dorothy del Bueno in effort to test a nurses’ critical thinking, interpersonal relation, and technical skills. The test consists of several short video’s that are played, in which the nurse is required to recognize the problem, assess what interventions needed to take place, what he or she would expect the physician to order. Prioritize how and when those interventions are to take place while also Read more…

Accepting Criticism As A Traveler

In travel healthcare, you must be able to accept criticism.  You are going into a jungle of many different animals, and if you are the meek little domestic tabby nurse, then you are going to be eaten alive.  You are the one making the big bucks, and some will have the expectation that you have to be perfect.  When you aren’t perfect, someone will tell you about it. When someone approaches you with something that Read more…

The Freedom Of Travel Healthcare

In the travel nursing discussion group, this interesting question cam up about traveling to somewhere the we have always wanted to live. One of the greatest aspects of travel nursing is the fact that we can get a taste of the city without having to buy the whole enchilada.  We can go to New York City and see what it’s really like before selling the farm and buying a small condo there. It is much Read more…

Professionalism in Travel Healthcare

A traveler must be professional. As soon as you walk into the hospital and onto your unit, your professionalism is what people see. Do you walk with your head up or down? Professionalism is probably the most critical factor in making or breaking a travel assignment. You have to remember that no one knows you when you arrive. You have to prove to those around you that you are not going from assignment to assignment Read more…

Getting Along & Playing Well With Others

Remember in grade school when we had this spot on our report cards that read, “Gets along and plays well with others?” Well, that is about how things are in the big world also. Your first impression takes you a long way when it comes to getting along and working well with others upon arrival to your new unit. Go to your charge nurse the first day with a smile and tell them who you Read more…

7 Summer Travel Tips

It’s a scorcher out there! When you’re in your home doing interview and emailing paperwork to your recruiter, most Americans have the luxury of doing all of this inside their air conditioned home. Just as you made sure that your air conditioning is working properly at home, so should you be prepared to go on the road this summer. Never start out on the road to your new assignment in the summer without doing some Read more…

Traveling With A Healthcare Partner

Working as a travel healthcare provider can be a fun career that is filled with new faces and exciting adventures. Working as a travel nurse can also be a very lonely profession. Travel healthcare providers are providers who make a living traveling from hospital to medical facility, moving from state to state. Traveling healthcare provider temporarily fill positions at hospitals and medical facilities for a short period of time. Typically travel healthcare provider work at Read more…