Are you about to start a travel nursing assignment for the first time? Are you considering entering into this exciting part of the nursing profession? We spend a lot of time thinking about what to do on a travel nursing assignment, but what about what NOT to do?
Here’s what you shouldn’t do on your travel nursing assignment:
Don’t make assumptions.
Try not to make assumptions when beginning your travel nursing assignment. It’s easy to assume certain things depending on the placement itself, where it’s located, the facility, the team. However, you may find out that most of your assumptions are wrong! Much of the job might be different than other nursing positions you’ve had. It’s best to go with the flow and take things in stride as they come.
Don’t downplay your skills.
Starting a new job can be intimidating, and for some of us, that results in downplaying our skills. Don’t doubt yourself — jump in headfirst and stay busy. You have a lot to offer in your new travel nursing assignment, so don’t be shy. It’s the best way to get comfortable in your new role and to get to know your fellow team members.
Don’t be a homebody.
Sure, there are some days when you won’t feel like socializing, and all you want to do is go home after your shift. And that’s perfectly fine. But try not to be a homebody during your entire travel nursing assignment. Remember why you signed up to be a travel nurse in the first place — you wanted a sense of adventure, to see new places, and to meet new people. Don’t let the assignment pass you by because you’re not putting yourself out there.
Don’t stick to your comfort zone.
Your travel nursing assignment is the perfect chance for you to step out of your comfort zone, both personally and professionally. Don’t hold back — this is your time to shine. Do your best and enjoy yourself. That’s why you’re a travel nurse.
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