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Why Being a Travel Nurse is More Than a Career

Mohamed Basha
RN CMC Founder and CEO of TLC Nursing Association
Updated November 22, 2023
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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 of nurses surveyed by Medscape cited forming relationships with patients as the most rewarding aspect of their jobs and patient relationships were the top rewarding factor overall. While nurses do earn an excellent salary, you likely wouldn’t have gone into the field if you weren’t also interested in helping others. Here’s why nursing is a calling, a commitment, and a joy, even when the going gets tough.

Nurses make a difference

Unless they work there, no one wants to spend time in a hospital or long-term care facility. While a medical facility is the best place for those who are sick or injured, it’s not a choice that any of us would make voluntarily. Hospitals can be frightening, and often patients feel lonely and afraid. An essential part of the commitment to nursing is helping patients cope with these feelings, providing quality care, and creating a bond that helps them feel looked after and understood.

As a nurse, you improve the lives of others simply by being there. Whether it’s holding a patient’s hand, giving them medication, or lending a listening ear, your role is an important one.

And you have the capability to empower others! Sharing knowledge with patients, their families, and newer staff member makes a tremendous difference to those you serve.

Nursing is rewarding

Hearing patients’ stories is another factor that adds to the benefits of nursing. Every patient is unique, which can make nursing challenging, but also rewarding. When you’ve made a real connection with a patient, you have made progress at building a relationship with that person. He or she trusts and relies on you to care for him or her to the best of your ability. Whatever the conditions that brought them to your care, your commitment is reinforced by the reward of serving others.

What’s more, the challenges and variety of nursing mean that there is never a boring day at work! New patients and new travel nursing assignments mean new chances to learn. You also have the opportunity to work with varied nursing staff and doctors, meaning you can learn from each other.

Nurses are appreciated

When you’ve made a real connection with a patient, you may see a look of gratitude in their eyes or receive a simple “thank you”. Whether you celebrate a patient who is being discharged or provide long-term care to patients who depend on you day in and day out, the little things can add up to a whole lot of gratitude if you think about it, making you feel appreciated and needed.

Nursing is a commitment

Healthcare, particularly nursing, is not a career you should choose if you’re not wholly committed to it. To be a committed travel nurse, travel LPN, or travel CNA, keep these things in mind.

  • Be aware of any challenges you may face and work proactively to overcome them.
  • Accept that there will be times when your social life will come second to the needs of your patients.
  • Do your best to stay healthy so you can set a good example for your patients and others.
  • Be willing to learn from your co-workers and your patients.
  • Look for ways to provide the best possible care for your patients.
  • Go above and beyond whenever possible, and demonstrate your values through your work.

TLC Nursing’s commitment

A quality travel nurse staffing agency can provide the trust, caring, and commitment you deserve. Here are just a few of the reasons to consider working for TLC Nursing.

  • High-quality training – TLC Nursing strives to assure that you have the ability, knowledge, and skills to give clients the best care possible. TLC Nursing provides Pro-ACT (Professional Assault Crisis Training), MOAB (Management of Aggressive Behavior), PAC-training (Positive Approach To Care), and any other facility required training for TLC staff before onboarding for your assignment.
  • Community trust – TLC Nursing is continuously transforming the way it operates to improve its ability to provide the best nursing care possible, as well as flexible staffing solutions for community healthcare providers.
  • Quality nursing assignments – TLC Nursing offers opportunities with the country´s leading employers and carefully screens each client, so you never have to worry about your next assignment.
  • Flexibility for staff – with TLC Nursing’s traveling opportunities, your career options are virtually endless. Choose to make traveling your full-time career choice, or just an occasional way to get away and make some extra money. You can even use traveling as a way to locate the perfect new permanent position.

TLC Nursing is committed not only to the communities it serves but also to help you grow your career and benefit from new experiences. Take a look at what TLC has to offer!