Your work as a travel nurse is very important and vital to the economy. The truth is that often times you are so busy taking care of others, you forget to take care of yourself. Having a long career as a travel nurse depends on a lot more than experience and a great education. It also depends on having healthy habits and good practices that you apply to yourself so that you are ready to work anytime the opportunity arises. Below are a few tips to prolonging your career as a travel nurse.
Hand Washing. Sounds simple, but this is one that is done less than you think.
Be meticulous about washing your hands. Not just at work, wash your hands everywhere. As a healthcare worker you know how easily disease can spread. You will spend your days shaking hands, combing hair, handling paperwork, turning door knobs and touching things that many other people have touched. The best way to protect yourself against getting ill, is to wash your hands after every contact. Recently, the CDC stated that the flu will be rampant this season so be vigorous about your hygiene routines at home and make sure your family does, too. Perform extra cleaning of surfaces in bathrooms, kitchens and doors. Also practice having hand sanitizers when traveling.
Never, Ever Drink and Drive
Every year DUI accidents, driving related injuries and deaths still occur year round due to drunk driving, especially around the first quarter of the year as people carry over holiday celebrations. If you like to enjoy a drink or two, make sure you have a designated driver and make up your mind to not get behind the wheel. Don’t believe for a second that you can handle a vehicle because you are slightly buzzed. Remember, the NTSA asserts that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.” Alternatively, call a cab or transportation service.
Watch Your Food
Practice food safety. Washing your hands before and after preparing a meal is an important food safety tip. There are many cases every year where people have contracted a food-borne illness due to improperly handling foods. You can look up the Department of Agriculture’s guidelines about proper food preparation, storage techniques, safe temperatures and more. Also be aware of your food allergies if you have them and be sure you have a plan in place in the event that you inadvertently trigger an allergy.
Travel Nursing sometimes can impact you mentally and physically. That is why having a sound mind and body is absolutely critical is you want to have a long career. You can’t help anyone if you are ill or unhealthy yourself. This is why a regular cardiovascular exercise routine has to be part of your life. If you belong to a gym or have a standard workout routine, that is great, never give that up. If you don’t have access to a gym, then develop a habit of going on walks during breaks, in the long run this will contribute to your health.