Nurses are often exposed to a variety of viruses and bacteria that could lead to serious illnesses. It may not be possible to prevent contracting everything. But there are steps you can take to keep yourself healthy. One thing you can do is to get immunizations for certain disease.
Although it can vary, certain immunizations may be required for nurses, while other vaccines may be recommended but are not mandatory. As a travel nurse, it’s important to determine which immunizations are required by the facility you’ll be working. [continue reading…]
It takes courage to leave your family and friends behind and start an assignment as a travel nurse. Not only are you moving to a new city, but you’re starting a new job at the same time. But even the most adventurous nurse might have to deal with stress and high-pressure situations.
Nurses working in the ICU and emergency room may routinely deal with critically ill patients. But regardless of what area or specialty of nursing you work in, you may be faced with an emergency. [continue reading…]
Great! You want to work as a travel nurse. But before you can pack your suitcase and hit the road, you have to land a travel assignment. Writing a killer resume is the first step to landing the job you want.
Your resume allows an employer to get to know a little bit about you. It’s a potential employer’s first glimpse at who you are, so, it’s important to make a good first impression. But all too often, a resume is put together too quickly without a lot of thought. Before you write your nursing resume, make sure you avoid the following: [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…]
One of the great things about working as a travel nurse is the next adventure is just around the corner. Although it can vary, most assignments last 13 weeks. After that, it’s time to decide where to go next.
For some nurses, it’s an easy decision. They have a list of must-visit areas and do their best to land their next perfect assignment in a desired location. For others, they want to work in a certain medical center, and that’s all that matters.
But with all the great locations and many things to consider, how do you decide where to go on your next assignment? [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…]