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Healthcare Traveler

Travel Nursing Problem: Are You Too Sick to Work?

by Howard Gerber on February 8, 2018

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sick healthcare travelerIt’s happened to all of us at one time or another. The alarm clock goes off, your nose is stuffed up, and your throat is on fire. As much as you want to deny it, you’re sick. Now it’s decision time. Do you try to tough it out and go into to work, or do you call in sick?

Whether it’s a new travel nursing assignment or you have been on the job awhile, calling in sick is something that may stress you out. You don’t want to leave your co-workers short-staffed, and you may not get paid for the time off. What should you do? [continue reading…]

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Overcoming Fear as a Healthcare Traveler

by Howard Gerber on February 1, 2018

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fear of travelingIf you want to work as a healthcare traveler, but something is holding you back, it may be time to face your fears. Fear can sometimes be a good thing. For example, we have all been taught as kids not to touch a hot stove out of fear of getting burned.

The problem is that sometimes fear can hold us back from reaching our potential and achieving our goals. If working as a healthcare traveler is something you want to do, there are several steps you can take to overcome your fears and hit the road. [continue reading…]

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10 Things to Do on Your Next Healthcare Travel Assignment

by Howard Gerber on January 18, 2018

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things to do on travel assignmentsYou probably have several things to think about if you’re heading off on a healthcare travel assignment. It’s common for healthcare travelers to confirm their housing and details of their assignment. You may also be tying up loose ends at home, such as securing your house and forwarding your mail. [continue reading…]

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Dealing with Combative Patients

by Howard Gerber on December 7, 2017

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combative patientAs a nurse, you probably deal with all types of patients. Unfortunately, not all patients are easy to work with. Occasionally, patients become out of control. Sometimes patients don’t want help or even become aggressive.

It’s best to de-escalate a situation before it becomes physical, but that’s not always possible. Despite your best intentions, some patients may become combative. Depending on where you work, dealing with combative patients may come with the territory. Understanding how to efficiently deal with an aggressive patient helps keep both you and the patient safe. [continue reading…]

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Why You Can’t Find Your Next Travel Nursing Assignment

by Howard Gerber on November 16, 2017

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next travel assignmentWhether you’re an experienced travel nurse or just starting out, finding the right assignment is important. You don’t want to be so picky it takes months to land a job, but you also want the right fit. If you have not found your next nursing assignment as fast as you like, there may be several reasons why. [continue reading…]

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Technological Advances That Will Make You a Better Nurse

by Howard Gerber on October 5, 2017

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nursing technologySome aspects of nursing will always remain the same. Providing compassionate care and maintaining good communications with patients is always a must for nurses. The foundations of good nursing care will also be important, but technological advances also change the way nurses do their jobs. Nursing technology continues to evolve and transforms the way nurses do their job. [continue reading…]

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Working Well with Your Supervisor as a Healthcare Traveler

by Howard Gerber on September 21, 2017

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healthcare supervisorA strong working relationship with your supervisor helps make your healthcare travel assignment go smoothly. Just because you’re a temporary employee does not mean your relationship with your supervisor does not matter.

A good working relationship with your supervisor on assignment may increase your chances of getting your contract extended. At the very least, if you have a strong rapport with your supervisor, you may get a good reference for your next assignment.

But like any relationship, it may take a little work to make it successful. There are several things you can do to foster a good working relationship with your supervisor. Consider the following suggestions. [continue reading…]

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