Holiday Survival Tips for Travel Nurses
Before you know it, the turkey will be coming out of the oven. The gravy boat will be full.
The lights will go up. The carols will be playing everywhere you go. The holidays are coming!
So, traveler: If you’re working during the holidays this year, good for you! Sure, you might be thinking about how you’ll miss the regular traditions your friends or family follow. Don’t fret. Face your schedule knowing this is an opportunity to not only make a little extra cash with Advantage RN’s holiday bonuses, but it’s also an opportunity to make some new traditions for yourself, help others, or just try something different.
Here are some suggestions for making the most of your holidays away from home (note: they could be the best ones yet):
Be Extra Jolly
As an RN, you do good deeds every day. You’re the source of comfort for so many who might be going through difficult or transformative times in their lives. You’re an expert when it comes to care. Take your expertise to the next level. Show your patients even more warmth, and everyone’s holiday will be just a little bit brighter.
Share The Magic With Everyone You Meet
Even the simplest, silliest gestures of togetherness and appreciation can add lasting cheer. Plan a potluck at work. Set up a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange for your department. Bake cookies and share. Organize a breakfast gathering after a number of you get off of your shift. This will keep you busy and help you recognize that the staff at your facility is now your work family.
Rejoice In Place
Fill up your calendar with activities you love. During off time, get out in your city and see the sights. Go for a hike and take in the crisp, autumn air and views of colorful leaves. Go skiing or snowboarding if you happen to be working near the mountains. Experience the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. See all the lights. Go to the movies and go out for Dim Sum. Go ice skating. Do what feels good.
Spread the Joy & Spirit of the Season
The holidays are a great time to volunteer. Serve meals at a food kitchen on Thanksgiving or help distribute Christmas gifts to children spending time at your facility during the holiday season. This is your opportunity to give back to the community you’re visiting, and you never know who you’re going to meet—or who’s life you’ll touch. Create some feel-good moments for you and the people around you.
Extend The Celebration
Prep for the holidays early. Send gifts to your friends and family in advance. Make plans to see each other before the holidays or after your assignment ends. This can be extra fun, as you get to extend the season, and you don’t have to deal with the normal, everyday holiday traveling challenges.
Whatever you do, your holiday experience is part of the adventure. Treat yourself to some special experiences, and share your generous spirit with everyone around you. Then, get ready to look back at this meaningful holiday season you’ve created with a full heart.