As a travel nurse, new or experienced, sometimes you can feel lonely while traveling on an assignment. So, it's imperative to meet friends and make valuable connections. Why not make friends with fellow nurses or travel nurses? Let's discuss the professional and personal benefits of nurse friends. Also, review a few travel nurse tips on how to connect with other travel nurses at your location.
A Healthy Career Requires Work Friends
One of the most important reasons why it’s essential for travel nurses to connect with others is that having work friends can help maintain a healthy career balance. Working as a nurse can be very demanding and stressful, so having someone you can talk to about work-life balance and burnout is invaluable. Having people who understand what you’re going through makes it easier for you to stay motivated and focused on your job without feeling overwhelmed or exhausted by it. Also, having work friends can increase job satisfaction and productivity.
Professional Benefits of Nurse Friends
In addition to providing emotional support, connecting with other travel nurses has professional benefits. For instance, they can share information or travel nurse tips about hospitals or clinics that could be useful in your assignment search. They can also recommend travel nurse staffing agencies they have worked with prior or have heard great things about. They may even be able to help you land your next assignment with a different travel nursing company. Or they can introduce you to other travel nurses or coworkers. Thus, expanding your professional network.
Fellow travel nurses may also know of opportunities that aren't advertised publicly yet through their current travel nursing company or other multiple travel nurse agencies. Or they may have access to resources that could come in handy during your assignment, such as discounts at local businesses or job boards specifically targeting traveling nurses.
Personal Benefits of Nurse Friends
Of course, making connections with other travel nurses isn’t just beneficial professionally – it can also enrich your personal life too! Having friends who understand what you do for work helps build meaningful relationships beyond the workplace. It also allows you to explore the city together when time allows (which is especially helpful if you’re new in town). You never know, you might wind up traveling on many travel nursing jobs together in the future! Finding travel nurse friends also provides a sense of community, which is often lacking when working away from home for long periods.
How to Connect with Other Travel Nurses at Your Location
Traveling nurses are a unique breed of professionals who are constantly on the move, taking assignments in different cities and states. While this can be a great way to explore new places and gain valuable experience, it can leave you feeling isolated or disconnected from your peers. That’s why it’s so important for travel nurses to make an effort to connect with other nurses at their travel nursing jobs. Below are some tips on how to do just that.
Tips for Connecting with Other Travel Nurses at Your Location
Making connections with other travel nurses doesn't have to be difficult – here are some tips:
Join online groups
Joining groups dedicated exclusively to traveling nurses – there are many out there! These groups provide great networking opportunities where members share advice on finding travel nursing jobs, housing options, fun activities around town, and more! They can also recommend multiple travel nurse agencies or multiple nurse staffing agencies. Plus, they usually host regular meetups so members can get together face-to-face or virtually.
While on assignment, don't be afraid to introduce yourself to other nurses. You never know what you might have in common. If you've joined an online group, reach out directly via email or social media – don’t be afraid to introduce yourself. Ask questions like “What brought you here?” or “What do you like best about this place?”. Or other questions like, "What travel nurse staffing agencies have you worked with?" or "Have you worked with multiple nurse staffing agencies, which do you prefer?" You never know what kind of connections will form!
Attend events hosted by local nursing organizations or other groups. These events provide excellent networking opportunities where you can meet fellow travelers in person while learning something new (like advanced medical techniques) at the same time! Also, events you want to attend don't have to be nursing related. Maybe you're interested in sporting events or crafting and want to attend local events that include these.
Talk to coworkers
Ask colleagues at work if their interests and hobbies. If you have something in common, don't be afraid to ask if they would like to meet up outside of work. Also, they may know other travelers – chances are good that someone else knows someone else who's working in the area too, so don't hesitate to ask around!
Tips for Making Other Friends on Your Travel Nurse Assignment
Making friends outside the nursing profession is just as important as connecting with fellow travelers - here's how:
Get involved locally
Participate in local volunteer activities. Not only does volunteering give back to the community, but it's also a great way to meet people who share similar interests. And you get to learn more about the city/town itself!
Check out Meetup groups
Meet Up groups have events where others meet up to share hobbies/interests. Whether it's hiking clubs, book clubs, or board game nights, Meetup provides plenty of ways for people looking to make new connections outside their profession. All while having fun doing things they love!
Go out and explore
If possible, take some time off from work each week (or month) and go exploring around town - visit parks, museums, art galleries - whatever catches your eye.
Take classes or workshops on ideas that interest you, or try something new! Examples included be cooking, dance, arts/crafting, or fitness classes. Attending classes gives you an opportunity to not only learn something new but also get out there and mingle with like-minded individuals looking to grow their skillset too!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any risks associated with connecting with other travel nurses?
While connecting with other travelers offers many benefits both professionally and personally, it's always important to practice safety precautions when meeting strangers online or offline, such as meeting in public spaces when possible and avoiding giving out personal information until trust has been established over time.
What should I do if I don't find anyone interested in being my friend?
Don't worry too much if no one seems interested right away. Keep putting yourself out there by joining online groups/forums related to travel nursing topics even if no one responds right away, eventually someone will reach out either online or offline.
How often should I try reaching out?
As often as needed, but try not to bombard people with messages constantly. Instead, send thoughtful messages once every few days/weeks, depending on how quickly responses come back. Depending on their schedules, people may be working and unable to respond quickly. Sometimes it takes a little more effort to find a person who is available and wants to hang out.
How do I connect to other travel nurses?
Connect with other travel nurses by joining groups or participating in local events. Start by introducing yourself to other nurses and asking about their interests and hobbies. Who knows, out of the multiple travel nurse agencies out there, you may meet someone contracted with the same company.
How do I find a travel nurse roommate?
To find a travel nurse roommate, start by searching online or joining online travel nurse groups. Ask if another travel nurse has an upcoming assignment in the same location. Some travel nurses may be working with different nurse staffing agencies, but have the same or nearby assignment locations. With the multiple travel nurse agencies out there, you'll most likely find someone to room with.
Can you have travel nurse buddies?
Many travel nurses have fellow travel nurses that they travel with routinely. However, they might not be working with the same nurse staffing agencies. Depending on your specialty and hospital, you can still accept assignments in the same location, but in different units or nearby healthcare facilities. For example, you could be working in an outpatient surgery center, while your fellow travel nurse is working at a local hospital.
How do travel nurses meet people?
Travel nurses can meet people by joining nearby groups and classes, or attending local events. To see what your location has to offer before starting your assignment, search for online travel nursing groups. They can give you lots of ideas for fun, nearby activities. Who knows, you may be able to meet up with another travel nurse.
Is it hard to make friends as a travel nurse?
As a travel nurse, sometimes it can be difficult to make friends. However, you are always surrounded by new people, so put yourself out there. Introduce yourself to others and ask about their hobbies and interests. On your off days, get outside, explore the local culture, and strike up a conversation with someone. You never know who you might meet!
Can you do two travel nurse contracts at the same time?
Some travel nurses choose to work with multiple travel nurse agencies at the same time. While you can work with two travel nurse agencies, it can be difficult to have a good work-life balance and juggle both schedules. Also, if working with travel nurse agencies, ensure that your contract allows you to do so. Some travel nurses choose to have one travel nurse contract and a PRN permanent staff job at their home location.
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