November 23, 2010

Tips for Making the Most of Travel Assignments

Posted in Nurse Fashion tagged , at 6:24 am by Nursing Tales Team

Tips for Making the Most of Travel Assignments

Working as a travelling nurse comes with certain advantages – and certain challenges. Successfully navigating this career choice is dependent upon creating those habits that enable you to take full advantage of the perks that most interest you. Here are some tips for making the most of travelling nursing assignments.

1. Pack Wisely

When air travel is required to get to your job destination, packing light is key. Airlines have strict guidelines when it comes to baggage, and you don’t want to pay too much, if anything, to get your necessities to your destination. Learning to take the bare essentials is necessary. The essentials that you will need are dependent on how long you will be on the job. There may be some instances in which you will want to pay extra for baggage so that you have a wide ranging wardrobe.

To keep your work wardrobe up to date and fun, packing jewelry lanyards to hold identification is a great idea. The Id lanyard is a big part of any nursing job since you will wear an employee badge on the job. When you’re in a new location meeting new people, jewelry lanyards that feature fun designs gives you a little pep and makes you feel great. Jewelry lanyards have served to break the ice in plenty of situations, and travel nursing is just one example.

Packing an ID lanyard for every occasion is easy to do, since these items take up very little room in your suitcase. There are plenty of other tips for enjoying travelling nursing; but the point to this ID lanyard tip is to have more fun, to show off your stylish side and give yourself and others something to smile about.

2. Get the Lay of the Land

Visiting any new city is fun and exciting, even when work is involved. Many travelling nurses suggest that you arrange to arrive in new cities a few days early. By doing this, you give yourself time to settle in and even relax by the pool or go site-seeing before the hectic schedule of work begins.

When working as a travelling nurse, work is intense and busy. Many times you may be learning new skills. At the very least, you are learning new people, cultures and ways of doing your job. Each new job may come with its own unique set of circumstances and expectations, so taking time to relax when you’re not working is essential. Focusing only on the job defeats the purpose of travelling, doesn’t it?

3. Stay Connected

Although working as a travelling nurse has many perks, there is the issue of loneliness to deal with. For some, meeting and engaging with the new people they meet keeps them going. For others, the absence of tangible familial support can take a toll. It is important to find ways to stay connected to loved ones back home, especially if your assignment will keep you away for several months. Online tools such as Skype allow nurses to visit with family and friends “face to face”.

Working as a travelling nurse is not for everyone. But those who choose this as their career path, even for a short amount of time, will reap great rewards and create memories to last a lifetime.

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October 27, 2010

The Act of Appreciation

Posted in Nurse Education, Nurse Fashion, Nurses, Nursing Career, Nursing Tips tagged at 1:20 am by Nursing Tales Team

Showing appreciation for a person or a thing enhances your opportunity to get more of it. This is a simple fact of life.  As a nurse, when you are feeling good about your job, coworkers, employer, etc.; you are riding a high emotion of appreciation and bringing more good things to your life through that emotion.

In the nursing profession, life is busy and there are many people’s needs to tend to.  We talk about this a lot; the need for medical professionals to de-stress and tend to their own needs to avoid becoming burned out.  Today, let’s take a look at the flip side of patting your own back and see how and when you can be the wings for someone you know.

Because of the stress that resides in the nursing profession, whether you work in a hospital, clinic or medical office, taking steps to create a congenial atmosphere pays off for everyone.  A staff who uplifts and encourages one another is a happy staff that works at a high level of productivity.  When you work with people who make your job enjoyable, it seems only natural to feel the desire to offer them a token of your appreciation every now and then.

We all do these types of things on special occasions; birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc.  But what if you began the habit of finding things to appreciate about more people you work with?  What if you took action and actually showed appreciation through a small gift or gesture?  Changes in the workplace could be started with one simple step of appreciation.  Here are a few very simple ways you can show appreciation at work.

  • Most medical professionals wear lanyards to hold their employee identification or security clearance.  This makes jewelry lanyards the ideal gift for the stylish medical professional.  There’s only so much you can do with scrubs, right?  Finding ways to show personal style in scrubs can be challenging, and jewelry lanyards do the trick at adding style to work attire.  Not only are jewelry lanyards ideal because of their reasonable cost; but they are such handy tools, everyone loves them.
  • Sometimes the best way to show appreciation for a coworker is to simply offer a helping hand when they need it.  Clearly, this doesn’t have to and shouldn’t interfere with your own responsibilities.  But if and when appropriate, you can chip in to help with tasks as you have time and inclination.
  • Appreciation is not about gifts, it is about letting someone know they have motivated, helped or inspired you.  If time is tight and your gratitude must be shown quickly, a simple note with words of appreciation goes a long way.

Appreciation doesn’t have to include a big show.  No elaborate or expensive gifts need to be purchased.  The point is that people who work together can take small steps to show their support for one another in little ways every day.  Maybe you want to bake cookies and bring them in for everyone to enjoy.  Maybe you need to recognize one person in particular that brightened your day.  Appreciation improves the work environment and might just lead others to do more for you too.