By Christine Whitmarsh RN, BSN
The number I chose may be arbitrary but the sentiment is not. There are a lot of reasons why travel nursing is a win-win situation for the travel nurse and the hospitals they are assigned to. Reason number 2,135: New technologies and techniques in the field of healthcare.
With three month assignments in cities and towns across America, and in different clinical settings from small hospitals to large big city trauma centers, travel nurses are often exposed to the latest and greatest advances in healthcare. Even in challenging economic times, medicine is a fast moving field. Every area of healthcare is constantly being updated, from equipment and treatment methods to nursing interventions and surgical techniques. When I interviewed radiology department managers last fall, the consensus about new equipment was this: “By time we buy a new machine, install it and start using it – the technology is outdated.”
It would be impossible for every hospital and clinical setting in America to be at exactly the same point in the progress of healthcare at the same time. Travel nurses are in the distinctive position to learn and experience the newest advances in healthcare and then share them with colleagues at future assignments. This type of role as educator, advocate and leader is one of the cornerstones of the nursing profession. I know from personal experience how satisfying it is to learn new things and share them with others. Travel nurses should cherish this important role in the healthcare industry.
This also gives travel nurses a valuable gift to bring with them to new assignments. What better way is there to make a first impression than by sharing new methods of treating patients and adding to the success of the hospital?
Christine Whitmarsh is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from the University of Rhode Island. She is a freelance health journalist and medical writer and a contributor to Travel Nurse Source and Allied Travel Careers.