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Expert spotlight: Hints for helping travel nurses settle in

Nurse Leader Insider, February 2, 2009

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This week, Kathleen Garrison, MSN, RN, shares some expert advice for acclimating travel nurses at your facility.

Q: Do you have any advice to help travel nurses settle into their assignments at my facility?

A: To find happiness and success in a travel nursing assignment, it is important the nurse makes the effort to fit in with the new setting, even if it is only for temporary residence. However, there are some ways you can help travel nurses settle into a new assignment at your facility:

  • Introduce them to their peers and hospital leaders
  • Discuss opportunities with them such as an orientation/buddy or shadow experience
  • Help them identify a mentor
  • Encourage them to become acquainted with support staff, including secretaries, housekeeping, respiratory therapy, and pharmacy
  • Familiarize them with written and unwritten practices
  • Encourage them to ask questions instead of making assumptions
  • Assist them in figuring out the chain of command for getting what they need and for communicating with other disciplines

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