Why Do Some Travel Nurses Excel, While Others Flounder or Fail?

Rick Martinez RN

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A nurse is a healthcare professional who specializes in caring for people who are sick or injured. A travel nurse does the same thing but in a nomadic fashion.

Nurses and travel nurses alike both provide care for patients in various settings, including hospitals, clinics, and schools.

They have a lot of different responsibilities, and it is not easy to do them all well.

This is especially true when you consider that nurses often work for long hours, under challenging conditions, and sometimes with complex patients.

But what separates high-performing travel nurses from other nurses?

What habits can they develop to overcome these challenges?

But first, what exactly is a high-performing nurse?

A high-performing nurse is someone who excels in their nursing career, travel or otherwise. They can overcome the challenges of the job and provide excellent care for their patients.

They are also able to maintain their success over the long term, regardless of what life, patients, or the hospital throws at them.

So, what are some of the most essential habits for high-performing travel nurses?

There are several habits that high-performing RNs have in common. Let's break them down, one by one.

They're trendy as heck

Nurses are responsible for providing quality care to patients.

To do this, they need to be up-to-date on the latest trends in nursing. This includes learning about new treatments, technologies, and modalities of care.

High-performers are constantly learning and keeping up with the latest trends, period.

They know that it is vital to stay current to provide the best care possible for their patients.

They take care of #1 inside and out

As an RN, they are responsible for providing quality care to patients. To do this, they need to be physically and mentally healthy.

Both on the inside and the outside.

Physical health is vital for all nurses because it allows them to have the energy and strength to do their job. Lifting heavy patients is but one of the reasons why. Taking care of oneself physically also creates a positive mental shift.

Mental health is just as important for nurses because it allows them to deal with the stress of the job. Especially travel RNs who are often in new cities, new hospitals, and making new friends. That can be super stressful.

But, nurses who maintain peak performance in these two realms are more likely to be high-performing nurses.

The glass is half full, always

To be honest, this is a trait for high performers in any job.

But more than naught, high-performing nurses often have a positive outlook on life. They believe that they can overcome challenges and achieve success. This positive attitude allows them to maintain their success over the long term.

Other nurses become BFF's

High-performing travel nurses know that they cannot do it all alone.

They develop relationships with other nurses and collaborate with them. This collaboration allows them to share ideas, resources, and support. Besides the collab at work, they also make friends rapidly, which means trust.

Teamwork makes the dream work, right?

They work like Mr. Miyagi

Wax on, wax off.

It is crucial to develop a strong work ethic as a licensed caretaker.

Sure, this is a no-brainer, I realize. A solid work ethic means working hard and putting in the time and effort necessary to succeed.

They can also maintain their success over the long term, regardless of what life, patients, or the hospital throws at them.

They own the clock

Multiple patients and families seemingly need everything at the same time.

The ability to manage tasks and time is a trait the best travel nurses, master. Juggling the many responsibilities of being a nurse and ensuring that all patients receive quality care is no easy task. So owning the clock is a trait the best of the best own.

Developing these habits will not only make you a high-performing nurse but also a successful one.

The final word

Nurses are responsible for providing quality care to patients. To do this, they need to be up-to-date on the latest trends in nursing.

This includes learning about new treatments, technologies, and modalities of care. High performers know that it is essential to stay current to provide the best care possible for their patients.

They take care of themselves physically and mentally because physical health is essential for nurses. After all, it allows them to have the energy and strength to do their job. Mental health is just as important for nurses because it will enable them to deal with stress from work.

High-performing nurses often have a positive outlook on life which helps maintain success over time no matter what challenges come their way; they also develop relationships with other nurses to share ideas and collaborate.

Lastly, they have a strong work ethic necessary for success in the nursing field.

What other habits would you add to this list?

Let us know in the comments below!

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