Have you thought about moving forward in your career and spreading your knowledge and expertise to those new to the field? Opening up or working for a nurse-owned travel nursing agency may be for you! Whether you would like to be a part of the inner workings of a nurse-owned…
Becoming a traveling nurse, in general, is a selfless, compassionate, and life-changing job. With the people you will encounter, skills that will be learned, and situations that you will run into, you better yourself as a nurse, grow as a person, and grow your inner circle. For nurses, that is…
Travel nursing can be a stressful career. As with any job, there will be things you love and things you don’t love quite so much. From rotating shifts to frequent moves, working as a travel nurse, travel LPN, or travel CNA can, at times, take a toll on your mental…
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.
Fruits and veggies
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…
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.
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.
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.