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Can you Encourage Your Peers While Travel Nursing?

Mohamed Basha
RN CMC Founder and CEO of TLC Nursing Association
Updated July 18, 2023
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Travel nursing offers you a flexible schedule while allowing you to see new places and get to know new people. It provides opportunities that you may not have otherwise had. A list of these opportunities would include being able to encourage your peers. As we all know, life can get monotonous sometimes, and we have to find ways to spice it up again. Being a healthcare traveler gives you the unique ability to bring a new face, a new attitude, and possibly new information to the team.

Those working in travel RN positions, in particular, can provide new information, as they can be placed in various positions in various places. This means that they are more likely to be around when new studies are being implemented, and changes are being made to general practices across the field. Having healthcare travelers visit for a time and assist in further training can bring a new perception of the job and a refreshed sense of purpose.

What is My Purpose?

When you get overwhelmed or burnt out, it can be easy to lose a sense of purpose. It can feel as though you have lost your purpose or never had one, to begin with. While working as a traveling nurse, you are likely to see many instances of your colleague experiencing feelings of emotional overwhelm and burnout.

Seeking your purpose and finding fulfillment in your daily life can boost your morale. Creating an encouraging environment for your peers to find what fulfills them will boost overall morale for everyone. When you feel that you are needed and feel that you are doing what you were put on earth to do, everything seems to fall.

Learning to seek purpose for yourself can help you to assist and guide others in your agency and in your workload to seek purpose for themselves. Feeling needed and wanted is a natural human feeling and can be remedied through the community when we all work together to find what makes us feel needed and purposeful.

How Can I Create This Environment?

There are various things you can do to create an encouraging environment. Some examples include:

  • Coming into work with a smile
  • Noticing when your coworkers are feeling down and asking them how they are doing
  • Keep a positive attitude

If you go into work with a negative attitude, you will likely spread your negativity to both your coworkers and your patients. This can be a vicious cycle, creating an unfavorable environment for everyone involved.

Some days, it may be challenging to create positivity. These days are challenging, but they are essential to prepare for and overcome. On these days, you can first recognize your feelings and allow yourself the ability to feel them. It is okay to have bad days. You are valid in your feelings, whether they are positive or negative. After this, there are a few ways you can help yourself regain positivity:

  • have a playlist of your favorite music prepared
  • pack a healthy lunch
  • drink enough water
  • plan a vacation, getaway, or dinner that you can look forward to

Creating the environment for yourself is just as important as creating it for others.

You can stay on top of your positivity by validating yourself, placing yourself around people who will support you, and taking care of yourself physically.

This kind of job can come with its own set of obstacles, but it is an excellent opportunity for you to pick up new skills and share your knowledge with others.

This provides a unique ability to be flexible and to learn and teach in many different areas with many different people. This makes you dynamic and of high value. At TLC nursing, we provide you with the tools you need to create a positive environment for yourself, your coworkers, and your patients. Apply or give us a call today to see how we can help you increase your ability to cheer your peers while working as a traveling nurse.