Nurses and other healthcare workers are often compassionate people. To care for patients who are sick or injured takes a certain type of personality and a desire to help people. But even nurses who have the best intentions can find themselves developing compassion fatigue. [continue reading…]
The start of the new year is a great time to set goals and go after what you want. In fact, many people will be hitting the gym or swapping their sweet treats for veggies to achieve their New Year’s resolutions. But a new year is also a great time to work on your career development. If you’re a nurse traveler, you can advance your career and make 2017 your best year yet. [continue reading…]
Whether you are a rookie nurse traveler or have been doing it for years, you hope each assignment goes well. Occasionally, though, issues do come up. Encountering a challenge while on assignment does not mean the entire experience has to be negative. In most instances, there are ways to deal with the situation and enjoy the rest of your travel assignment. Below are a few challenges you might encounter. [continue reading…]
You don’t have to be a nurse to be concerned about the Zika virus. It seems that the virus is making headlines more frequently, and nurses are on the frontlines of the emerging health issue, both as caregivers and potential patients. If you’re a nurse traveler, you might wonder if you should avoid taking assignments to certain states due to the risk of contracting Zika.
Researchers are still finding out new information about Zika, but some facts are known. As a nurse, it’s helpful to become educated on the Zika virus so you can provide the most accurate information to your patients and keep yourself safe as well. Consider the following questions and answers regarding Zika. [continue reading…]
It takes a lot of different skills to succeed as a nurse. Some skills are technical, such as knowing how to start an IV or change a dressing. Other skills are intellectual including calculating medication dosages or interpreting lab results.
But there are also another set of skills that are equally important for nurses to have. Soft skills are not something you can easily measure, but they are an important part of being a good nurse. [continue reading…]
Emergency department nurses see it all. From patients with gunshot wounds to heart attacks, ER nurses deal with life and death situations on a daily basis. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment and love the adrenaline rush of dealing with emergency situations, working in the emergency room may be energizing. So what is a typical day like for an emergency room nurse? That’s a bit difficult to say since there is a lot of variety and things can change in an instant. You may see similar scenarios, but each person is different. [continue reading…]
If you work as a travel nurse or a nurse in general, you know it can be a great way to earn a living. From having the chance to help someone to the security of the profession, it’s often a good career choice. You probably also know that although everyone is different, nurses share some similarities. If you have been a travel nurse for a few years, you might have discovered some of the following “you know you’re a travel nurse when” truths. [continue reading…]