One of the great things about being a healthcare traveler is the variety. There are new places, new patients, new cities and regions to explore, new people to meet and befriend.
But change is also one of the worst things about being a traveler, particularly because you’re going to have to learn new policies and procedures every time you go to a new assignment (possibly as often as every 13 weeks).
Read below for some tips on how to navigate a facility’s “way of doing things” again and again and again.
- Take a note pad with you (or electronic tablet or smartphone with note taking capabilities) and take plenty of notes your first day as you’re shown around your department and instructed on the policies.
- Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Healthcare and medical facilities call upon travel staffing firms to bring them professionals who can “hit the ground running,” but that applies to your skills and knowledge as it pertains to general patient care. No one expects you to know how to do things “our way.” Every facility has its quirks and special ways of getting things done and your assignment supervisor and new co-workers don’t expect you to know how to do everything correctly right away. That’s why questions – when asked in a professional and open manner – are always welcome.
- Don’t be a know-it-all. Don’t do the “Well, we do it better at X Healthcare Clinic.” Or “I learned this terrific new way of doing that on my last assignment.” At least, not yet. Not until you’ve been at your new assignment a few days and have proven yourself to your supervisor and co-workers.
- When you do offer suggestions, do so in a professional and helpful manner. No showboating.
- Ask your assignment supervisor if there’s a policy handbook you can see. Not all facilities will allow you to see it (because you’re not an employee of the healthcare facility; you’re an employee of the travel staffing firm), but it never hurts to ask.
- Don’t be shy about asking your new co-workers to eat lunch with you or to head out after work for a movie or pizza. Doing so helps you on your way to making life-long friends with these colleagues – and also opens the door to you learning the real rules of your assignment facility.
Change is a very good thing. That’s why we urge you to embrace change and look into a career as a healthcare traveler. Whether you’re a PT, OT, pharmacist, RN, speech therapist, or other allied health professional, if you have at least two years of recent professional experience, contact the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We look forward to hearing from you.