As a travel nurse, you’ll be joining an established team with each new assignment. Being concerned about being able to fit in and find friends is not new in your life. You’ve likely experienced this since you were in grade school. Working as a travel nurse may compound these feelings as you’re potentially moving to a new city every three to six months. Here are several tips to help make the process easier.
Traveling is an adventure, and part of that adventure is reaching out to new groups of people and discovering new cultures. While you may not feel as if you’re in a different culture, every city and area of the country does things differently. Reach out to the nurses on your unit to go to lunch or for a walk during your break, ask someone out for coffee, or attend a local event.
Don’t think of your assignment as a way to make money while away from home, but rather an opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. By investing yourself in your new unit, you demonstrate your willingness to participate and contribute to a unit that will continue to function well after you’re gone. By investing your time and energy, you also build a strong professional network you may connect with for years to come.
Do you have a wonderful idea to help the unit run more efficiently? Or a suggestion for patient care? It’s likely an unsolicited suggestion – no matter how valid – may not be well received. By respecting the staff and processes that predated your arrival, you position yourself to fulfill the job description and increase the potential others will listen to suggestions. By respecting your coworkers, you reduce the risk of alienating your coworkers.
When you arrive, ask your supervisor to be paired with a mentor on the unit. This often helps you integrate more easily with the rest of the team and gives you the opportunity to have a designated person for questions.
When asked to go out after work, take it. You may want nothing more than to curl up with a good book or movie, but the time you take with your teammates outside of work will pay off when you get back on the unit.
At Amare Medical Staffing, our professional recruiters can help you acclimate to your new assignment, offer support during your first few trips and give you tips and tricks to help you fit in with your new team. Call our recruiters today for a free consultation and to advance your travel career.