With a little bit of planning and forethought, 2020 can be the best year for your nursing career. As a travel nurse, you face several challenges you may overcome through goal setting and focusing on your career advancement. When you know the challenges upfront, it’s easier to face them and make a plan to overcome them. Let’s make 2020 your best year yet!
This might be one of the most often expressed challenges travel nurses face. No one enjoys being away from their family and loved ones. However, this is a common situation for travel nurses. While many typically take a 13-week assignment, some take assignments back to back and get home only once or twice a year. This means you’re always meeting new people and faced with the challenge of making new friends.
As you walk through this journey, it’s important to remember the reasons why you chose travel nursing. The benefits of unique job experiences and professional growth means you will likely advance through your career development much more quickly than if you took a permanent job in one city. The ability to work in large medical centers, metropolitan areas or hone your skills in small facilities in rural areas makes you more attractive to hiring managers once you decide to take a permanent position. Meeting new friends and new people increases the opportunity you’ll expand your network of professional friends that can help you throughout your career. Meeting new colleagues and learning about new cultures also expands your cultural competence, increasing your attractiveness to employers.
The good news is there are many opportunities across the U.S. to take an assignment as a travel nurse. While the market is competitive, as you gain experience, you’ll find getting your ideal assignment becomes much easier. One of the goals you may want to set for 2020 is what your ideal assignment looks like and what you will gain from it. Think about the setting, location, and assignment that would best fit your professional goals and discuss this with your recruiter so you’re both on the same page. You may not be able to attain it in your first or second assignment in 2020, but as you and your recruiter seek to improve your experiences and professional growth, that goal will come much closer.
Although work is a big part of your everyday life, it may not be surprising to find out but it’s also a large part of your identity. Nursing professionals often feel they are called to their jobs and research has found this may increase your job satisfaction and ability to be content. Travel nursing offers the benefit of higher-paying positions, but researchers have found that income is not usually a high-ranking criterion in job satisfaction. Instead, working where you can make a difference in other people’s lives and where you are valued as an employee are higher ranking factors in what makes most people happy in their jobs.
As you move into 2020, set SMART goals that are the key to reaching your destination. Goals give you long-term vision and short-term motivation to go above and beyond. Remember to set small achievable goals that build toward a larger goal so you have a path to keep you on course and criteria against which you can measure your progress. SMART is a mnemonic to help you remember what should be included. Smart goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant to your goal and Trackable.
Whether you want to improve your clinical skills or your personal growth, travel nursing assignments will help you achieve your goals. At Amare Medical Staffing, it’s our mission to help you achieve your vision. Call our recruiters today and let’s get started finding your next assignment.