Five Signs You Are Ready for a Travel Nursing Job

by Howard Gerber on October 1, 2015

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how to prepare for travel nursing assignmentIt can be a difficult decision to leave a steady job you are comfortable with to take a travel nursing job. After all, if you have been working at the same facility for a while, you are probably familiar with the protocols, policies and routines.

But being comfortable is not always the best way to live your life. Sometimes you have to change things up and seek new experiences. But how do you know you’re ready? When is it time for a change? In some cases, there are signs that it’s time to move on and try something new. Ask yourself if you have any of the five signs below.

The thought of going to work is something you dread.

Everyone has times they don’t feel like going to work. But when you are dreading the thought, you know you may have a problem. In some cases, it’s the work itself that may be causing you to feel burnt-out. In other instances, it may be the hospital or facility you work at getting you down. A change of pace may be just what you need to get you excited about going to work.

You’re bored.

Doing the same old thing can get old after a while. Even nurses who love their job may start feeling bored if they do not feel challenged. A travel nursing job gives you the chance to learn new skills, meet new people, and revitalize your career.

Your empathy is decreasing.

In order to do the best job possible, you need to be empathetic. When you become complacent or easily frustrated by a job that no longer interests you, it can affect your performance. Even if you still continue to perform your duties accurately, your empathy and compassion can take a nosedive. If you find yourself getting annoyed by your patients or angry quickly, it may be time to take a step back and evaluate what you are doing.

You spend half your shift daydreaming about doing something else.

A little daydreaming about how to spend your days off is normal. But if you spend most of your shift thinking about how you can escape, that’s not a good sign.

You feel your license in on the line.

Not all hospitals and healthcare facilities are run well. If you see things that are unsafe or put patients in danger, you need to speak up. But there can be times when your words fall on deaf ears. For example, if your patient workload is too large for you to safely do your job, it’s easy to make errors. If you feel you’re risking your license when you go to work, it’s not a healthy environment to work in.

There is no room for growth.

Not everyone wants to move up the career ladder. But career growth does not just mean a promotion. It’s also the opportunity to learn new things. If you feel you have reached a standstill at your current job, it may be a good time to consider a travel nursing job.

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