4 tips for professional development and career growth
When a nurse works at a hospital on staff, it’s often easier than normal to find educational opportunities.
There’s usually an ongoing educational piece that staff RNs can sign up for and take advantage of. And even more so, often, the employer will offer these free of charge. But how does a travel RN find and take advantage of these same growth opportunities?
Are you ready to take your nursing career to the next level?
Perhaps you’re considering the possibility of becoming a travel nurse. You are not alone! Every year, hundreds (maybe thousands?) of nurses make the decision to become travel nurses and further their careers in this unique way. But it doesn’t come without its own unique challenges.
In this blog post, I want to share my four biggest and most impactful tips for continuing your development as a professional nurse.
1. Get Certified in Specialty Areas
One of the best pieces of advice I can give any professional nurse is to get certified in specialty areas!
This will broaden your range of opportunities when it comes to finding assignments and traveling around different locations. Being certified in a variety of specialties can also increase your earning potential exponentially, so don’t hesitate to seize this opportunity if it arises.
If you’re an ER nurse, then getting a TNCC or even some sort of field trauma cert might be a great way to go.
2. Invest Time in Networking
As with any profession, networking is an invaluable tool for success as a travel nurse.
Whether you are attending conferences or joining Facebook groups related to travel nursing, take the time to build relationships with other professionals in the field who have been where you are now and can provide valuable insight into navigating the industry.
In my experience as a long-time traveler, the network you create doesn’t just help you through the current gig but actually remains with you for many contracts going forward.
3. Tap Into Resources Available Through Employers
Most employers offer access to learning resources such as courses and e-learning programs that help nurses stay up-to-date on industry trends and advancements in healthcare technology.
Take advantage of these opportunities whenever possible; they will not only help you grow professionally but may also be beneficial when it comes time for performance reviews or salary negotiations down the road.
And I bet there’s not a single travel RN who would NOT want to be paid more as they learn more.
4. Utilize Social Media Platforms Wisely
Many nurses have found success using social media platforms such as LinkedIn. Instagram and Twitter to promote their services and connect with potential employers or job postings.
It is important, however, that you use these tools wisely—be sure that whatever information you post on social media is professional and reflects well upon yourself as an experienced healthcare practitioner!
Remember, when you seek a new contract, whether with the same recruiter or not, social media is the first place they will look!
The Final Word
Becoming a travel nurse offers many exciting possibilities for professional growth, but it does require dedication and hard work in order for those possibilities to become realities!
By investing time into networking, taking advantage of available resources through employers, getting certified in specialty areas, and utilizing social media platforms wisely—you can be well on your way toward achieving success as a travel nurse! Good luck on your journey!
To learn more about the travel nursing opportunity and cities across the country, visit Bestica Healthcare and start planning your next assignment today.