Blog originally published on February 28, 2022
While travel nursing is exciting and adventurous, it also comes with considerable responsibility. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have been among the front-line health care providers who are heralded as heroes. Most of our travel nurses covet their ‘hero’ label and understand what professional conduct looks like, both on and off the job.
However, inevitably there will be individuals within the travel nursing community who make mistakes that jeopardize the reputation of all travel nurses. Whether those mistakes are out of ignorance or blatant disregard, they threaten to deteriorate the professional reputation of not only themselves but of all the incredible travel nurses that recognize and respect the privilege of serving communities across Canada.
We’ve put together 9 guidelines for you to follow to ensure you don’t tarnish your reputation as a travel nurse while out on contract:
Your Patients are priority #1. Not your phone.
Don’t post unprofessional behaviour on social media.
Take advantage of a great opportunity
Remember, you are a guest in your new community & accommodations
Please don’t change your schedule before communicating with your superior.
Understand the policies and procedures of your new facility.
Be a team player.
Check-in with your career consultant throughout your contract.
Inform your career consultant of any questions or concerns you might have about your contract, accommodations or anything else related to your contract. Please raise these questions or concerns as soon as they come up.
After working with thousands of Canadian nurses just like you, we know that following these 9 guidelines will be sure to give you a successful travel nursing contract. We are here to help you build your career and want your travel nurse experience to go as smoothly as possible for you, the facility, and the community. We’re all in this together!