This article provided by: LRS Healthcare
It’s a proverb as old as time: The early bird gets the worm—and the prepared travel nurse gets the coolest assignment. It may be too soon for some to think about their 2020 resolutions, but travel nurses are a different, forward-thinking kind.
As you plan for all the adventures this new year of travel nursing will bring you, take a moment to make some resolutions that will help you enjoy your travels even more. Travel nursing is all about creating your best life on your terms, so draw inspiration for your 2020 goals from our resolutions and let’s make this year awesome!
Learn Something New
No matter where you find yourself working in 2020, embrace its landscape and culture to squeeze every bit of goodness out of your experience there. You can find opportunities to learn new hobbies, meet new people and try new foods at any assignment in any city. Spending a few months in Colorado? Check mountain climbing off your bucket list! Exploring the Pacific Northwest? Get to know your local barista! In New York City for the first time? Find the best pizza in your neighborhood!
Each new assignment is a chance to enrich your life with unforgettable, meaningful experiences. So, get out and try something new.
Build Out Your Professional Network
Networking is an essential career tool for travel nurses, especially when you have your heart set on a contract but don’t know how to secure it. Because travel nurses don’t have a permanent set of coworkers to advocate for them, they’re constantly representing themselves. In order to advance your career and land dream contracts, you have to build connections everywhere you go.
In 2020, focus on expanding your network of advocates and friends through social media, your recruiting agency and your assignment coworkers. The more people you have in your corner, the more options open up to you.
Make Life Easier for Yourself
There’s no doubt nursing can be physically and emotionally taxing, so take every opportunity to reduce your stress. You deserve to fully experience the freedom and fun of travel nursing. But that can be tough if you’re battling burnout. So, if you see a way to make your life simpler and less stressful, go for it. Here are some of our favorite ways to manage stress:
- Work with your recruiter to get your travel documents organized in a way that’s easiest for you.
- Build family and relaxation time into your 2020 schedule.
- Make your housing needs clear so you can quickly find ideal housing.
- Schedule a massage or take a soothing bath.
- Make time to regularly talk with the people you care about.
Whatever makes you happy and takes a weight off your shoulders is well worth your time.
And if you’re in need of a new contract for the new year, contact LRS Healthcare to lock in your perfect 2020 plans.
We hope these New Year’s resolutions for travel nurses gives you some ideas for resolutions this year!