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Travel Tips for Success

Read our top ten tips for success as a travel healthcare professional
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A Travel Professional with a terrific attitude and great skills can receive the highest compliment possible: "You are just like part of the staff." Here are our tips to get you there.

1. Offer to assist other personnel. Do not become offended if asked to perform a task below your professional level. A negative reply will often result in the hospital's request not to have you return. Example: If asked to refill a water container, avoid confrontation and comply quickly, provided that you have the time to do so.

2. Remember common courtesies and clean as you go, refill empty containers, etc. Do these things without being asked.

3. Remember to check all your patients and rooms at the end of your shift. Change any wet or dirty linens, clean any messes, etc.

4. Omitting a medication when recopying a MAR is one of the most common medication errors. When you recopy a MAR,please have a staff nurse check the MAR with you and initial behind you on the signature line.

5. Policy on Medication Wastage: Medication wastage must be visualized by another staff nurse, NOT by an agency nurse.Any questionable medication wastage or missing meds will result in a request for an immediate drug screen.

6. Do not tell a physician who asks you a question that "you don't know because you are agency staff." Reply instead that you will find out the answer and get right back to him/her.

7. Do not get into a confrontation with the hospital supervisors. If you are having any problems, call the office. We will intervene for you and avoid having the hospital terminate the contract.

8. You must have your time sheet signed by someone who is a facility employee and not a healthcare travel professional of TRS Healthcare.

9. You obligate yourself to the facility when you accept a contract. You must make every effort to get to work. Car trouble s not acceptable grounds for not showing up to work and it is not considered an emergency.

10. You obligate yourself to the facility when you accept a contract. You must make every effort to get to work. Car trouble is not acceptable grounds for not showing up to work and it is not considered an emergency.