Tips for a Traveler’s First Week

While it’s exciting to start a new assignment, the first week can feel rough for a travel healthcare professional (HCP) at a new hospital. This is especially true for those who haven’t traveled before. A hospital unit is like a family. You’re the new person, adjusting to new routines, personalities and challenges. So, what can

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Put Yourself in the Shoes of Patient Families

Being There for Patient Families Hospital stays are stressful for patients and their families. Families worry. They’re possibly confused. During this difficult time, it’s easy for those feelings to come out as anger and irritability. Facing these negative emotions constantly wears nurses down. To continue providing the best patient care, it helps to put yourself

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Be a Mentor — On Your Terms

It’s hard to let go of being a leader and mentor on your unit. Some healthcare professionals (HCPs) face this hurdle as they transition from unit leadership positions to traveling. While you may be the new kid at a new hospital every 13 weeks, you still have years of experience and knowledge to pass onto

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How You Can Prepare for Flu Season

What to Do if You Get the Flu? by Clinical Director Susan Abbott It’s flu season again. You always want to avoid getting it, and the flu shot is your best bet. But it’s also good to remember what to do if you or your children get the flu. Remember, you’re contagious with the flu

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Make Your Mark on a Travel Assignment

Advice for Your Travel Assignment It can be difficult for a travel healthcare professional to integrate on a new unit and gain respect as an accomplished professional, especially on a travel assignment. After all, you haven’t been through the same trials and tribulations as the permanent staff. You may not be a part of a

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How Becoming a Telemetry Nurse Can Help Your Career

Telemetry nurses live a fast-paced life. Experience in this specialty can boost a young nurse’s career. For a nurse specializing in another unit, it can provide a different experience and a new way of seeing nursing. What Can Telemetry Nursing Offer You? Cardiac Patient Interaction Telemetry nurses work in a challenging environment, but it’s an

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How Travel Nurses Can Best Work with a Nurse Manager

When working in a variety of assignments and facility locations, it’s easy to have misconceptions regarding a nurse manager. Do any of these comments on a unit sound familiar? “She never looks stressed so she must not do anything.” “He’s always in his office, so he can’t be working half as hard as me on

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Three Steps to Resolving Clinical Issues

Working in fast-paced work environments such as healthcare facilities creates stress. Increased stress can then create additional problems, such as employee-to-employee and employee-to-manager conflicts. Conflicts happen, but they need to be resolved appropriately and efficiently. Do not let the problem fester. Fix it – both for the needs of your patients and for your professional

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Keep the Rhythm to Earn Compliance

You’re excited about your upcoming traveling nurse assignment. Everything is almost wrapped: You’ve cleared the background and drug screenings. Your medical records, physical exam and flu vaccination are all in order. But there’s one final item you’re kind of dreading: Passing the ECG dysrhythmia test. Even if you’ve passed a TaleMed ECG test previously, some

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