10 Challenges for Travel Clinicians on Assignment

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Alright travel clinicians, are you feeling brave? It’s time to continue stepping out of that comfort zone on your next assignment! Stretch yourself in new areas and make the most of your opportunities with these 10 challenges to do the next time you travel:


1. Meet at least 10 new people your first three days on assignment

Whether it’s introducing yourself to new colleagues in another unit, or popping by your neighbor’s apartment, the key is to get out there and meet some acquaintances! This may sound nerve-wracking, but traveling is an amazing opportunity to gain new friends and even build lasting relationships. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from a co-worker!

2. Get active!

Entering a local race, walkathon or other sporting event is a great way to connect with people in your new area. Active.com is a popular resource for finding runs, cycling events, triathlons and other fitness activities. You can search for events by location and date.

Bonus: you’ll boost your physical and mental health by training for the event and forging new connections!

3. Learn a new skill or procedure

Traveling is an excellent opportunity to expand a clinician’s skills and experience. New environments allow clinicians to see how other hospitals run their units and also teach each other on the floor. This is an opportunity to work at some of the best hospitals in the state or even in the country. Identify at least one skill or procedure you would like to learn, and ask your charge nurse or preceptor how you can make this happen.

4. Eat at a different local restaurant at least once a month

This can include farmers’ markets, independent eateries and mom and pop diners; restaurant chains don’t count! Get creative and expand your horizons! Restaurant weeks, street festivals and food truck spots are also unique ways to sample the local fare.

5. Try public transit or a unique mode of transportation

Taking public transportation can give you a fresh perspective on your community and help you get to know the locals. So take the bus, trolley or subway to work, shopping or to a special event–at least once; you never know who you may meet! For something different, guided tours in a double-decker bus, horse-drawn carriage, pedicab or some form of watercraft can be a fun introduction to your new location.

6. Become a local volunteer

As a clinician, you already have a passion for helping others, so why not put your skill to use outside of your facility!? Seek out organizations in your area that need assistance: soup kitchens, animal rescues and park and beach clean-up organizations are all good places to start. Get connected with a cause that’s important to you at Volunteermatch.org.

7. Try a new hobby or sport common to your area

Traveling is a great way to experience our country’s diversity first-hand, and you’ll find that each assignment brings fun new activities that are unique to that particular area. Join a hiking club in Oregon, take a surfing lesson in California, ride a horse in Texas, or go antiquing in New England–the choices are yours!

8. Reconnect with a family member or friend

Your new location and flexible schedule may allow you to focus on things that you haven’t been able to in the past. Reach out to that old college friend, or make a date to catch up with a relative you haven’t seen in a while, either by phone or in person. The short length of assignments can allow a traveler to experience everything they want within a short amount of time.

9. Take a mini vacation or staycation

Take advantage of your proximity to regional attractions, either as you travel between assignments or when you have some time off.  If you only have a few days before your next shift, consider a “staycation,” and spend time exploring your new town and participating in activities you wouldn’t normally seek out.

10. Visit at least five parks or nature reserves before your assignment is over

Connecting with nature is a powerful way to relax and rejuvenate after a long shift or particularly stressful day. The National Park Service lets visitors search for local parks by state, and your community resource center should also have a list of smaller parks, shorelines and recreational areas in your assignment location.

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