Do You Have What it Takes to be a Travel Nurse?

 

Do you have what it takes to become a travel nurse? Beyond wanderlust, a bachelor’s degree and experience in your specialty, there are three unique skills you need in order to succeed!

Adaptability

Are you comfortable with change or does it make you want to run the other way? As a travel nurse, you will have the option to move facilities, cities or states about every 13 weeks. If change is not your forte, travel nursing is the wrong career for you. Choosing a career in travel nursing requires you to embrace the unknown and be adaptable to change.

Effective Communication

Travel nursing presents an awesome opportunity to gain exposure to patients from all different regions across the nation. It requires you to have the ability to communicate effectively with other nurses, patients, and doctors from different cultures and backgrounds. Choosing a career in travel nursing requires you to be a clear and effective communicator who can easily relate and connect to others, no matter how different they are.

Emotional Intelligence

Travel nursing is for the emotionally strong, who can handle hopping hospitals and moving around. Traveling around is a great way to challenge yourself as a nurse and strengthen your ability to juggle life and handle change.

Do you have what it takes to be a travel nurse? Contact a recruiter www.pprtravelnursing.com/contact-ppr and start your new travel nursing journey today!

Why Wear Boring Scrub Pants?

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Sick of wearing tired, standard-looking scrub pants? It’s time to kick your boring scrub pants to the curb and style up your look with our favorite pant picks – available for you to peruse on our “Scrub Style” Pinterest board or purchase at www.scrubsandbeyond.com!

The Skinny Pant by Jaanuu

SCRUB 2 SCRUB 1 SCRUB 3 For a sleek and fitted look, toss those worn out pants out the door and purchase The Skinny Pant by Jaanuu. According to the Jaanuu website, the form-fitting skinny silhouette provides your body the flattering shape it deserves.” Various colors are available with uniquely stylish features including a:

  • Decorative tunneled elastic waistband with grosgrain ribbon drawstring
  • Single back right pocket, embroidered with the signature Jaanuu “J” logo
  • Denim-like pant cuff with a hemmed look and gold interior threading

 

The Santana Track Scrub Pant by FIGS – $32

SCRUB 4 SCRUB 5 SCRUB 6 If you’re like most travel nurses, you’re always on the run! Why not soup up your look with a pair of limited edition Santana pants by FIGS? Inspired by sporty active wear, FIGS designed the Santana pant with comfort in mind. According to the product’s webpage, these relaxed-fit pants feature:

  • Two front slant pockets and two back patch pockets
  • Soft elastic waistband with a smooth back and drawstring closure
  • Piece-cuffed slim leg opening and stylish side panel
  • Lightweight & breathable fabric with a brushed cotton feel
  • FIGS’s signature antimicrobial, soft and wrinkle resistant material

 

The Jogger Pant by Jaanuu

SCRUB 7 SCRUB 8 SCRUB 8 Maybe you are looking for something functional, but still slimming. If so, the Jogger Pant is just the pair for nurses like you! These scrub bottoms are “slender and streamlined,” crafted by Jaanuu with “flattery and ease of movement” at the forefront. Other appealing features include:

  • Cargo pockets on the side for extra storage
  • Front pockets with gold zipper closure detail for extra security
  • A tapered, feminine and sporty design
  • Tunneled elastic and tie drawstring with gold cord at the waistband
  • Elastic around the ankles provide the comfort for functionality
  • Premium jaanacea™ fabric
  • Antimicrobial effective for life of the garment.

 

Urbane Sport Knit Roll-Top Yoga STRETCH Scrub Pant – $19.98

SCRUB 9 If you’re looking for something cute and comfortable, this pair of pants by Urbane is just what you need! According to Scrubs and Beyond, this super-comfy style is made with stretch material and features a:

  • Modern waist for improved fit
  • Flared-leg and yoga-inspired side tie for style
  • Knit waistband and stretch fabric for easy movement
  • Back pocket for storage

Do you have a favorite scrub cut? Let us know by leaving a comment below! Do you have questions about approved styles per facility for an upcoming assignment? Contact a recruiter today at www.pprtravelnursing.com/contact-ppr!

Top Nursing Apps for Travel Nurses

 

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Smartphone Apps for nurses including Nursegrid and MediBabble Translator are making it easier for nurses to care for their patients. To help you with all of your nursing challenges, here are a few of our favorite iPhone and Android apps for you to try on the job!

Nursegrid

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re always working hard! Stay on schedule with Nursegrid – the “first calendar built for nurses, by nurses.” Nurse grid allows you to organize your schedule and view who you will be working with from shift-to-shift.  This scheduling app also features group and/or private user messaging, making it easier than ever to discuss and/or swap shifts.

Download for iOS or Android

Medscape

If you need a reliable resource for looking up clinical information, Medscape is your App! It features tools for nurses such as medical news across 30+ specialties, drug info and tools, medical calculators, disease and condition info, drug formulary info, and even CME/CE courses across 30+ specialties.

Download for Android or iOS

MediBabble Translator

Many patients are in need of care who speak little-to-no English at all! In fact, this is becoming a less uncommon trend across facilities nationwide. To be better prepared for patients who are fluent in other languages, try using MediBabble Translator. Although Spanish is the Apps default language, You can also use the app to translate language spoken in Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Haitian-Creole and Russian.

Download for iOS only                                               

Nursing Central

Nursing Central is an “all-in-one clinical solution for nurses,” containing dosing calculators, IV, clinical, and conversion tools. It also contains drug information for a wide database of over 5,000 medications, a dictionary of more than 65,000 medical nursing terms, information to help nurses interpret laboratory and diagnostics tests, disease-related news, search of the MEDLINE/PubMed database, access to journals, etc. The Nursing Central App is free to download, but an annual subscription of $169.95/year is required to access.

Download for Android or iOS

For more information about travel resources or to browse available assignment, contact us today at www.pprtravelnursing.com/contact-ppr!

Ask a Traveler: Rachel Owens

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BEING A TRAVEL NURSE

Yesterday a doctor sat down and questioned my reasons for being a Travel Nurse. He was genuinely curious as to why hospitals need them and my reasons for going where I am needed. The questions were ones I’ve answered over the years, yet as I’ve gotten further into it, they have become stronger & more evidence based.

Things I know about my job and why I do it:

First and foremost, I get to see this lovely country we live in! Three months is such a great amount of time to explore the area on days off, experience the culture there, the food, see if I like the hospital enough to want to stay, and my friends/family can come visit there if they’d like.

Second, it challenges me to be secure in me. I move at times/most times by myself to a new city where I know no one. I learn the area, meet people, adapt to a new hospital, and explore. I get to be comfortable handling situations myself. Yes, I still need help opening some jars and wish I had someone there, (girly fails) but I figure it out! It is hard at times but I’ve never felt more complete in me & it has helped me learn what that means I’d need in a counterpart. Also, those drives are really good for reflecting, praying, and lots of loud singing.

Third, I get to explore all while getting paid to do a job I love! I say that acknowledging that some days are harder than others, but it comes with the job. However, I can go home at the end of the day knowing I helped.

Fourth,  speaking of helping others, I get to do this in different states! That involves me growing to show grace and empathy to many different ethnicities, religions, and who knows what other crazy curveballs I’ve been thrown. It makes me grow as a person to learn about them & their traditions while trying to incorporate them.

Fifth, I learn new medical techniques, equipment, and get to see how other nurses handle situations. I may keep some ways I do things, but I am always growing and am not ashamed to use techniques I prefer better when I see them. I get to see new genetic issues, diseases, and learn new ways to treat my patients. I’ve grown as a nurse in my knowledge and hope to continue always.

Sixth, I have met people whom I adore. We share an amazing experience of helping save lives together and then they are kind enough to show me their home in their free time. I cherish every single one of them and wish so badly that I could drag them all together to make one AMAZING unit to work in.

And lastly…some of you may not grasp this but it’s something I’ve come to appreciate…God. I do it because I am being patient waiting on his plan for me. Heck, it may be right where I am! I love that no matter where I apply to for work that not every one of them needs me right then. Everything is in his hands and timing. I had to wait over a year to get to work in Charleston, & while there I got to help parents during a hurricane, I helped save lives, and could educate a few newer people on errors I’d noticed.

My assignment in Hawaii. I had wanted to be in Alaska for that assignment, but I got to grow closer to an amazing friend of mine and share the journey. In Phoenix, I met some of my favorite people, saved a toddler who had run away, and aided an elderly man who had cancer that everyone else passed by. In San Diego, I found another lost child who everyone walked by (apparently stranger danger doesn’t count with me) and reassessed an infant they’d advised the family to withdraw support on and now she is thriving at home with her family. I could keep going with little things that have impacted me, but all in all, I do this to see where I am needed & put my best into being there for those I can.

It’s hard leaving family and friends behind. I try my darnedest to make sure they all know I’m there if needed even if not in person. However, I have got to live this life to my fullest. I am trying to make the most out of all these amazing chapters I’ve been given. As for now…. being a travel nurse has impacted my life in amazing ways and I love it.

Ask a Traveler: Chantal Martel

Travel Nurse, Travel Nursing, PPR Travel Nursing

Ask a Traveler: Chantal Martel

 

Q: What has been your top Travel Nursing assignment location?

I’m on my third contract at my first assignment location, so I don’t have a top location…yet.  I’ve had a great experience working at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, TX  though.  Very traveler friendly.

Q: What is your favorite memory on assignment?

One of my favorite memories from this assignment is a funny one.  I had a patient who was in his mid-nineties who told me he liked my name because it was “spicy.”

Q: Do you have any advice for first-time travelers?

When I first thought of traveling, I downloaded the Travel Nurse’s Bible.  I highly recommend it.  Travel is a whole new world of nursing, and this book offers valuable insight and advice.  The one thing I will absolutely do to prepare for my next contract is to keep my list of interview questions with me at all times.  You never know when a Unit Manager will call to interview you.  I was in the clearance aisle at TJ Maxx for my first interview, and couldn’t remember most of my questions.  Thankfully, it all worked out, and I ended up at a great hospital, but it would’ve been nice to know what color uniform I needed!

Q: Why did you choose to work with PPR Travel Nursing?

The number of travel companies out there can be quite overwhelming.  For me, choosing PPR was an easy decision.  Once I spoke with my amazing recruiter, Beth Ann Carlson, I knew this was the company for me.  Everyone I’ve worked with at PPR has been very professional and responsive.  The whole onboarding process went smoothly and was well-organized. And I know PPR has my best interest at heart.

Q: This month, we are talking Tech Tips for Travel Nurses. Do you have any go-to apps you use while working as a Travel Nurse?

App I can’t live without: Google maps.  Housing apps: Trulia Rentals, Zillow Rentals, Realtor.com.  I need to get some work-related reference apps, so I look forward to reading that post.