5 Simple Ways to get on Good Footing as a Travel Nurse
When you first arrive to an assignment nobody knows you. You have to make a good
first impression. This impression can impact the experience you will have on the rest of
your time there. The following are a few simple tips to get on the right footing.
1. Arrive on Time
Make sure to leave your place in plenty of time to find the hospital and your department
without rushing. You donít want to start your first day frazzled and apologizing for being
late. Dressing nice and professional canít hurt either.
2. Know your supervisors name
One of the first things you want to do is find out the name of the head nurse and ask to
meet with him or her. Make some small talk and share a little about yourself. This could
make your time there a little better.
3. Arrive Prepared
Bring your driverís license and nursing license in case they want to make copies of them.
Also, bring your pen and whatever nursing supplies you like to use. Be ready to work
and get your hands dirty the first day.
4. Be humble
Challenge yourself for at least a week or two from saying phrases like, ďthatís how we
did it where I came from.Ē You will be initially received better if you keep your mind
open and appear more receptive in the beginning.
5. Offer your help
If you see the opportunity, offer to help another nurse with something even if it is as
simple as moving a patients bed. This will show that you are there to help and make
things better. You are on their side.
While these suggestions may not guarantee a wonderful experience, they will more often
than not help you. First impressions can go along way.