Thriving as an Introvert While Working as a Healthcare Traveler

by Howard Gerber on July 21, 2016

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healthcare traveler introvertAre you considering working as a healthcare traveler? If the answer is yes, you’re in good company. In addition to nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists are also needed for travel assignments in a variety of healthcare settings.

While the idea of working as a healthcare traveler may be appealing, it may also be a little overwhelming. After all, you might think that you have to be outgoing and an extrovert to succeed as a healthcare traveler, but that’s not the case. Plenty of people who consider themselves introverts can also flourish on the road. If you tend to be a little on the quiet side, you can still thrive on a healthcare travel assignment.

One Day at a Time

One of the best things you can do is take one day at a time. If you head into a travel assignment with a plethora of concerns, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Remember that you don’t have to become instant best friends with everyone you meet. Let relationships evolve naturally. Give yourself a little time to get used to your new environment.

As an introvert, you also have to be realistic about what you can handle. If you are busy at work all day, you may not want to immediately go out with your coworkers after work. Instead, you may need a little downtime to unwind by yourself.

Also, consider what type of social situations you are comfortable with. Do you prefer to hang out with a small group of people instead of going to a crowded club? You don’t have to force yourself to be in a social environment that you don’t enjoy.

While you want to be yourself, it’s also great to step outside your comfort zone a bit. Consider making the first move to get to know some of the people you work with or your new neighbors. Consider bringing treats to work or sharing with neighbors to introduce yourself and build rapport. It doesn’t require a lot of interaction time to drop off treats but still improves your reputation as a co-worker and friend.

Allow Yourself Time to Recharge

Working as a healthcare worker often involves a lot of interaction with co-workers, patients, and their families. It can be draining for an introvert to have all that interaction all day long. It’s okay to take time for yourself.

Being an introvert does not mean you are a loner, but it might mean you need a little time by yourself to recharge. One thing that sometimes separates extroverts from introverts is that extroverts recharge by being around others, while introverts need time by themselves to decompress.

It may also help increase your confidence to realize the strengths that many introverts have. Introverts are often good listeners, which will help you get to know your co-workers better. Introverts often like to put the spotlight on others, which can be seen a positive quality.

Introverts sometimes take a little longer to feel comfortable in a new situation. Because introverts tend to be a bit quiet, it may take them longer than an extrovert to feel at home. However, as you get used to your new job, you’ll most likely find your groove and enjoy your travel assignment.


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