Not all travel nurses want to become nurse leaders, but traveling is definitely an excellent way for you to beef up your resume if you are interested in that career path down the line.
When executives and administrators see travel nursing on your resume it automatically tells them that you are capable, flexible, dependable, professional, and highly skilled. Travel nurse must be able to jump right in to a new hospital environment with little local training and provide excellent patient care without missing a beat.
In case you are interested in one day pursuing a career as a nurse leader, we wanted you to check out this informational guide on how to become a nurse leader: “The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Nurse Leader.”
It’s a pretty handy guide that includes several links, graphics, and lots of information for nurses, whether you want to jump in nurse leadership right now, or if you are a younger nurse — maybe even a student — and you just want to make sure that you are on the right path to end up where you want to be.
One example of how travel nursing can be great practice for nurse leadership is the 5 qualities they mention as essential for all nurse leaders are: self-confidence, courage, growth, communication, and appreciation. All of these qualities must be practiced and excelled at by travel nurses while on assignment.
Also, you will get to sample a lot of different facilities over your time as a travel nurse. You get to see a number of different approaches to running a hospital or leading a nursing staff; you get to see what works and what doesn’t, or how certain approaches are best fitted to certain situations but not to others. This can give you excellent perspective when later working as a nurse leader.
We hope you enjoy the guide on how to become a nurse leader!