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 unit’s family — at least, that’s how it can feel at times.
You’re going to be at this hospital for at least 13 weeks. So, how can you make your mark? Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to integrate on to the team. It starts with having the right mindset.
Have an Open Mind
Everyone brings expectations to their assignments. However, healthcare facilities have specific procedures and protocols based on experience and data. Learn the rules as quickly as possible. If you have concerns, ask questions to deepen your understanding. That way, your team can see that you’re interested in learning and fitting in seamlessly.
It’s important to be flexible and accept change. Listen and ask questions. Letting go of any preconceived notions will go a long way to having a successful assignment.
How to be a Star
The next step is to figure out how you can shine for fellow nurses and technicians. TaleMed Clinical Director Susan Abbott offers a few suggestions:
- Familiarize yourself with the hospital. Get to know the hospital overall, and the departments you’re working in. This can be done by taking a tour of the hospital before the assignment starts, getting to work early while on assignment or even taking the time during your lunch break to walk around and see how things are done on other units.
- Learn the ropes. The key to fitting in with an unfamiliar unit is remembering to be a lifelong learner. Be open to their procedures and protocols. Learning and trying new methods and approaches help make you a stronger, well-rounded healthcare professional.
- Make yourself available. Whenever you have a few minutes of downtime, ask the staff how you can help them. This not only lightens the load for your team, but it also improves the patient experience. Once you’ve shown your willingness to pitch in, others will be more likely to help when you’re in need.
Keep these suggestions in mind and you’ll feel like ― and be ― a valuable member of the team. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Clinical Director. We want to make sure every assignment is a rewarding experience.
Start your next adventure!
If you haven’t traveled with TaleMed, you can take your first step today. Contact a TaleMed recruiter by calling 1-800-494-0087 or completing our Quick Application.