Healthy and Easy Snack Ideas for Travel Nurses

Healthy and Easy Snack Ideas for Travel Nurses
Travel nursing schedules can be demanding. You may be in the same place for days, weeks or months, depending upon your current and upcoming travel assignments. But living a life of travel and adventure doesn’t mean you need to give up on living a healthy lifestyle and eating nutritiously. Read on for some great tips and ideas for prepping, preparing, and enjoying some delicious snacks.

Hard-boiled eggs
Nuts
Greek yogurt
Fruits and veggies
Hummus

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Why Being a Travel Nurse is More Than a Career

Some people work purely for money. Others work because they feel they have a strong calling to do good in the world and to make a difference. If you’re a travel nurse, travel LPN, or travel CNA, chances are your reasons tend to be more altruistic. In fact, twenty-six percent…

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How to Handle Rotating Shifts and Night Shifts as a Travel Nurse

How to Handle Rotating Shifts and Night Shifts as a Travel Nurse
Working rotating shifts and/ or night shifts as a travel nurse, travel LPN, or travel CNA can disrupt not only your sleep schedule, but your mental and physical health. You might feel exhausted, and even get sick more often. Whether you’re working days, nights, rotating shifts, or a combination of all of these, read on to find out why it’s important to maintain healthy sleep, and how to do just that – even if you’re working at all hours of the day and night.
Practice
It might sound silly to practice sleeping, but, as it turns out, switching your sleep schedule a day or two ahead of time can help. Here’s what this might look like:
• Push back your bedtime on your off days.
• If you’re working rotating shifts, try to rotate your shifts clockwise.
• Adjust your sleep and wake time gradually.
Schedule sleep, but be flexible
It might seem straightforward that you need to sleep and should do it at a certain time of day or night, but when you’re working varied times and days as a travel nurse, it can be hard to get your body to cooperate.
Nap
Stay healthy and hydrated
A healthy body makes for healthy sleep. When our bodies are well-nourished and in good physical condition, it’s easier to get good quality sleep. Here are a few tips to keep your body as healthy as possible:
• Take time for self-care.
• Good nutrition and regular meals and snacks.
• Stay hydrated.
Exercise. As with self-care, a little movement can go a long way. Take a brief walk around the block when you get home from work or walk during your breaks.You could also try some gentle yoga or short exercise videos.
Set the mood to sleepy

Travel nursing is a rewarding career, but it does have its challenges. With a little planning and knowledge, though, you can rest easy.

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Essential Packing Tips for Travel Nurses

Essential Packing Tips for Travel Nurses
As a travel nurse, you’ll need to be ready to pack up and move from one location to the next on a regular basis. Travel nursing assignments can vary from eight to twenty-six weeks (and sometimes longer), but the average is thirteen weeks. When you’re moving so frequently, having a list and some handy tips and tricks ready can save you time, headaches, and frustration. Here are some quick tips, lists, and resources to get you started.

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Top Benefits of Working for an Agency as a Travel Nurse

Top Benefits of Working for an Agency as a Travel Nurse
As a travel nurse, travel LPN, or travel CNA, you have lots of options for assignments. The hard part is finding those assignments on your own, which can be time-consuming and frustrating. This is where travel nurse staffing agencies come in. By working with an agency, you save time and headaches and have more energy to devote to your travel nursing career.

Here are the top ways that working for an agency can help you achieve your travel nursing goals.

Your next assignment is provided.
Health insurance and other benefits
On-the-job support
Bonuses
Industry expertise
Variety and volume
Exclusive assignments

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Mental Health Tips for Travel Nurses

Much as you love your career, though, burnout, depression, and anxiety are increasingly common. In fact, research has shown that nurses are especially susceptible to these mental health issues. The good news is that you can learn and implement some powerful strategies to ensure that you take better care of yourself – and in turn are better able to care for others! Here’s how.
Take a media break
Stay connected
Stay physically healthy
Head outdoors
Talk to a professional

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