My 3years of travel assignments started about 18 months pre9/11 .As in all types of work there were good times and not so good times but fortunately mostly very happy and positive times for me.Prior to my travel assignments I Had been a nurse for over 30 years,in fact training in another country,England,and having already uprooted from one system to another I guess in hindsight that was my first travel gig.I realized a long time ago that the attitude you bring usually is reciprocated.That if I was open to new ways of doing things the process would only enhance my work and the reason to work would remain the same-caring for sick people which once I could get through the distractions of the change in charting,computer systems and surrounding personnel ,would always give me job satisfaction despite the end of shift exhaustion which all of us nurses know first hand.
Before my foray into travel nursing my experiences working most of my shifts as a float nurse in a large hospital and working over 15 different units prepared me to not be afraid to ask questions and to always look for the Nurses on that given unit who looked like they were not burnt out,stressed out and looked like they were enjoying their work and realized that unless I or someone else were there the load would be heavier for each nurse.
So after introducing myself on whatever unit or later,whatever hospital I was in my questions were the same.'Where,s the med room,where,s the restroom and where,s the coffee pot as I usually worked night shift.Wherever I worked,float pool or travel assignment East coast or West coast,Northwest or deep South I have always found nurses to be good people or they would not be in this caring profession.But I also realized that nurses are human and as such,divorce,death in the family,child rearing issues,one,s own health issues,all these things can make it difficult to do the job of 'caring for others 'a mighty task ,so if I encountered such I would offer my help as needed and nearly always found it reciprocated.
With this kind of attitude many nurses make GREAT travel nurses and have no problem fitting in and are almost always welcomed by the staff they will be supplementing.Once a nurse has taken that bold step of going to a new state and a new hospital they will find many memorable experiences,make many new friends and be rewarded manyfold