Being a travel nurse is an exciting career. It provides many benefits and opportunities to grow your career. However, for a new travel nurses there could be some challenges that might be presented. But don’t worry. That is why we created this list of the 7 challenges new travel nurses face. Reading this article will make you aware of certain challenges and prepare you for dealing with them.
7 Challenges New Travel Nurses Face
Finding your ideal job on your first assignment. The good news is there are so many travel nurse opportunities for you. However, it is very competitive. You might have your ideal assignment, setting, location. However, as you get started you might have to settle or be open minded. But the good news is as you take more assignments, getting your ideal assignment will become that much easier.
Being away from family. No one likes to be away from their loved ones. However, that is common for travel nurses. The good news is that travel nurses are typically 13-weeks so in 3 months you can go home and re-connect with family.
Meeting new friends. As a travel nurse, you are always meeting new people. However, for some, this can be a challenge. The best way to help you with meeting new friends is looking in your bubble. Your colleagues and your neighbors are simple ways to start meeting new friends.
Working with new people. Working with new people is another staple as a travel nurse. You have to learn how your new colleagues work; and it could be different than past colleagues. The best way to overcome this challenge is to listen and observe how your new colleagues work and the culture.
Getting licensed. The license process for some states can take time. If you work in one state and your travel nurse assignment takes you in a state that requires a new license, this can be stressful. The good news is your agency and recruiter can help walk you through the process.
Working in new patients. Just like working with new colleagues, you will work with different types of patients as a travel nurse. However, you’re a pro. You are a great nurse so working with different types of people should be no problem for you. You will be fine.
Finding the right agency/recruiter. There are so many agencies and recruiters out there. The best way to find the right agency and recruiter for you is to research. Ask other travel nurses you know or Google top agencies. It’s also common for travel nurses to work with a few agencies so don’t feel like you have to work with just one.
Hopefully you enjoyed reading this article of 7 challenges new travel nurses face. Be sure to read this article and know you are well prepared to take on your next travel nurse assignment.
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