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Travel nursing can be a rewarding career path for nurses across a wide range of specialties who want to travel the country and take on new challenges. But moving to new locations and working in unfamiliar environments can also be taxing. That’s why it’s essential for travel nurses to embrace support systems while on assignment. Here are some ways you can find support as a travel nurse.
Get to Know Your Coworkers
Coming into a new work environment can be intimidating, no matter how many assignments you’ve been on as a travel nurse. This is where connecting with your coworkers can help you feel more grounded. Even though your assignment at a particular healthcare facility may be temporary, making an effort to get to know the people around you can help alleviate the stress and loneliness you may sometimes feel on the road.
Turn to Friends and Family
Like other life challenges, stress at work can often be lessened by spending time with loved ones. Whether it’s talking on the phone or, connecting over video calls while you’re away on an assignment, or making plans to visit with friends and family during your time off, don’t hesitate to lean on the people in your life when you need them.
Join a Travel Nurse Network or Support Group
Need to talk with someone who understands what it’s like to be a travel nurse? There are a variety of travel nursing groups online, such as The Gypsy Nurse Facebook group, and travel nursing forums like Allnurses, where you can find camaraderie and form long-lasting friendships. Not only do these outlets give you a chance to meet people who can relate to the joys and challenges of travel nursing, but they also provide professional networking opportunities.
Utilize Mental Health Resources
Friends, family, and fellow travel nurses may be able to offer social connection and emotional support while you’re on a travel assignment, but they can’t replace the support of a mental health professional. If you’re struggling with more serious issues like anxiety or depression while working as a travel nurse, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), virtual counseling apps like BetterHelp, and other mental health resources can make a world of difference.
Listen to Podcasts About Travel Nursing
Finding media that relates to what you’re going through can help you feel less alone. “The Truth About Travel Nursing Podcast” with Kyle Schmidt provides a lighthearted but honest look into the world of travel nursing. There’s also “The Vintage Traveling Nurse Podcast,” where host Mynoucka shares ideas for taking your travel nursing career to the next level. Or you can get tips and tricks on navigating the industry from long-time travel nursing professional Mark Holloway on “Travel Insiders” and sequel podcast “Travel Evolved.”
Don’t Forget About Your Recruiter
Travel nursing recruiters can do more than help place you at your next assignment—they can also be a great asset to your support system! Work closely with them to establish goals and preferences for your travel nursing journey to ensure you have a positive experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them if you encounter issues while on assignment, as they can help you find a solution or direct you to a clinical support team. Building a good relationship with your recruiter is key, so be proactive about communication and receptive to any support they provide you!
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