Thursday, January 15, 2015

Travel Nursing Tips for New Grads from Highway Hypodermics

Hope 2015 is starting off well for everyone! It's been a little crazy for me and so I'm slow to get back to blogging.

Today, I want to share with you a great article (the first in a series) by a friend, Epstein LaRue RN, from Highway Hypodermics ® offering useful tips worth heeding for new grad nurses about becoming travel nurses.

As a travel nurse herself, Epstein has taken on the challenge to make Travel Nursing transparent for everyone. She breaks it all down and leads you through every step to make the transmission and become a successful travel nurse. This past year I gad the pleasure of meeting her face-to-face. We share a birthday and we celebrated our half-birthday. 

This wonderful series of articles (part two posted today) will help every new grad discover how they too can move towards a travel nursing career after they have some strong basic skills and experience under their belt.  

As a home health and hospice nurse, I of course, encourage anyone to explore these fields, but I'm always old school about it. You need to have at least a year of experience and preferably in a general zone such as med-surg. There is a correlation to transitioning to any nursing specialty especially the so-called non-traditional nursing career paths. Get the very best basic background you can to build upon as you find your niche.

To be brutally honest, nursing is not an easy choice in the first place. Nursing school is grueling and it doesn't get any easier after that. Nursing is challenging, and it's physically and emotionally draining. You have to love it and you have to have the drive to go back every day for more. You have to make your own rewards and you have to learn how to replenish yourself so you can continue to be there for your patients.

All that being said, you will absolutely LOVE being a nurse. And when you find your niche, you will LOVE it even more. Give yourself time to hone your basic skills and build confidence in yourself. Charting the best course to becoming the best nurse you can be will take about a year. 

Then travel nursing can be one of the most rewarding choices you will make. Follow Einstein's tips and understand her reasons for telling you to not jump in to travel nursing as a new grad. Be kind to yourself. You're going to have enough rough patches just being a rookie. Be kind to your patients too, they need you to be the best you can be!

You have a lifetime ahead of you to continue learning and making a difference in your patient's lives. Enjoy the ride!!!

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