collaborative post // You’ve made the decision to become part of our travel nurse staffing. That’s great! But it’s also going to be hard work. You’re going to spend a lot of time away from your family and friends, and it can be really easy to get discouraged by how much time you’re spending alone. So, we’ve written this post just for you.
Here are some tips and tricks for staying motivated as a travel nurse:
1. Get up early – and go for a walk!
If you’re not a morning person, try giving yourself an extra hour or two to sleep in. Then set your alarm for 45 minutes before your shift starts and get up for a quick walk. You’ll feel energized and ready to face the day.
2. Stay hydrated – all day long!
Drinking plenty of water helps keep your energy high and your body functioning properly, which means you’ll be able to focus on what matters most: caring for patients! Plus, keeping hydrated also helps prevent dry mouth (which can lead to bad breath) and headaches (which can make it harder to concentrate).
3. Don’t forget about yourself!
Your life outside of work is just as important as your work life—so don’t let the travel nurse lifestyle get in the way of enjoying what matters most in life: friends and family time!
4. Find Your Why!
You’ve probably heard this one before, but it’s worth repeating: find your why. Why do you want to be a travel nurse? Why do you want to work so hard in this field? What are the reasons why being a travel nurse is so important to you? Once you have those answers, use them as fuel when things get tough—because they will!
5. Make sure you have a good support network in place
This means having friends back home who can help keep you accountable and visit when they can, or if you have kids, making sure they have a good support network too. Make sure they know they can always call or text you if they need anything while you’re gone.
We know! Travel nursing is a ton of work, and it can be hard to find the motivation to keep going. Motivated to keep working hard, motivated to keep going after your dreams, and motivated to be the best at what you do. But no matter how tough things get, you’ve got this!
Author bio: Milli Beamer has been helping employers find qualified employees using staffing agencies. She now wants to share her knowledge with others.