I would like to introduce you to David E. He has been a nurse for 20 years and has been a traveling nurse for the last six years with us, here at TRS. David has always been a great nurse, but as he can tell you, he never received much success or felt any sense of real accomplishment as a nurse. until he changed his philosophy and attitude towards the nursing profession.
According to David, the only reason he took up travel nursing was that he was tired of the usual rural medical field and wanted more money. He was never willing to work beyond his department, go the extra mile, or change the way he did his job. One day as he was griping and complaining that a facility needed him to float to another department, one of the TRS staff members asked him a question that changed his perspective – “David, if you don’t go help them, could somebody die?” “I suddenly was faced with why I got into the profession in the first place,” reflects David.
David realized that the real person holding him back from succeeding as a traveling nurse was himself. The reason he did not want to float was his insecurities about his abilities. So he began to address his nursing style and what he needed to change. “It wasn’t until I changed my nursing style, that my success had grown by leaps and bounds. This never would have occurred to me during my career if I had not re-assessed myself and my practice. It was a simple change, really.”
In the last year David has received “Employee of the Month” and “Outstanding Team of the Month.” He has received rave reviews from several facilities he has worked for – all of them wanting him to stay. He also played a key part in helping save the life of a doctor at one of the facilities he was working.
I asked David, “What would you say to a Nurse that was seeking to travel and be successful?” These are his rules to follow…..
- Be willing to adapt and change
- Remember the facility needs you or you wouldn’t be there
- Always be willing to learn – push yourself to broaden your understanding of your profession….
- Read every diagnosis – what you do not understand, ask someone who does
- Embrace the different practice styles from facility to facility