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How to Be a Good Traveler

Tips to Ensure Your Success

Appropriate conduct

Be careful and considerate.
Be positive and generous whenever possible.
Look for the positives; nothing is ever all bad.
Focus on the outcome.
Show willingness by going the extra mile.
Prove your worth; show up on time and do your best work.
Demonstrate that you are reliable and dependable.
Do not burn bridges.
No matter what, be a class act.

Phrases worth remembering

"I have a concern . . . . "
"What do you think?"
"What can I do to help?"
"Help me understand . . . ."
"How can we resolve this issue together?"
"I'm willing to do . . . ."

Providing safe, quality patient care

  • Be aware of your own competency and skill level, and seek additional information when needed.
  • Within reason, explore ways to gain information you need to perform required tasks, e.g., ask to be assigned to a full-time staff member who can provide immediate guidance and support for practice specific to the unit.
  • If you are asked to perform tasks that are not within your scope of practice, or that involve knowledge or skills beyond your level of competency, follow the appropriate chain of command and report it to a supervisor, e.g., charge nurse, nurse manager, house supervisor.
  • Contact RNnetwork as soon as possible if you need suggestions or support to complete your assignment. Your recruiter and/or our clinical nurse manager can help you make informed decisions and facilitate any necessary adjustments to your assignment.

Handling difficult conversations

  • Remain objective and keep your emotions out of the conversation. Being emotional causes upset and is unprofessional. If you struggle with keeping your emotions in check, pretend you are speaking on behalf of someone else.
  • Speak respectfully. Don't swear or use vulgar language.
  • If you are uncomfortable with what you have to say, let the person you are speaking to know that.
  • Get all the facts before you make any decisions. Ask questions and listen carefully to the answers.
  • Once you've made a decision, show that you appreciate how your decision might impact others and offer to help in any way you can.