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Mentoring in Travel Healthcare: How to Leverage This Opportunity

If you don’t have a mentor in today’s healthcare arena, you could find yourself lagging behind your peers. What’s more, it may be a tad more difficult to find a mentor as a traveler. After all, you’re only on an assignment for a few weeks. In addition, it’s hard to a) figure out who would be a good mentor for you, and b) have a strong enough relationship with your potential mentor to actually go up and ask for a mentor relationship.

But don’t let any of that stop you.

Nothing is impossible. Nothing. If you’re working as a healthcare traveler, you already have several things going for you:

  1. You’re smart (because you wouldn’t have gotten your degree/certification without being smart).
  2. You’re obviously at least somewhat outgoing, otherwise working as a traveler probably wouldn’t have appealed to you.
  3. You also more than likely have pretty good communication skills and know how to get along with – and “make nice to” (in a good way) – all kinds of people.

So, use these skills to your advantage: get a mentor!

In fact, you could possibly find yourself a mentor at each and every assignment. Here’s how.

  • First of all, loosen your standards of what it means to be mentored. It doesn’t have to be a formal arrangement. If, in your first few days on the job, you find someone senior to you whom you feel you’d like to learn from, just ask!
  • Related to the above, loosen your standards about who should be your mentor. We tend to think of mentors as people senior to us, possibly even older than we are. However, if you find someone who’s on par with you career-wise but whom you admire for something (he’s more outgoing, she takes more risks, she’s more skilled), think of him or her as someone who could “mentor” you.
  • In fact, forget about a “mentor” at all: if you see someone from whom you feel you can learn a thing or two, tell the person so and ask if you could meet together over lunch or even just for coffee so that you could pick his or her brain.

In a nutshell, you can look for mentoring opportunities from anyone at any time on any assignment. In fact, don’t forget that you could mentor someone while on assignment yourself.

Whether you’re a nurse, an OT, a PT, a pharmacist, or an allied healthcare professional, if you’ve wondered what it would be like to work as a traveling healthcare professional, don’t be shy about contacting a MedPro Healthcare Staffing recruiter. We’d love to discuss this exciting career option with you. Contact us today.