A travel nurse takes on a myriad of responsibilities. You take on paperwork, provide care to your patients, and you deal with unhappy and depressed individuals throughout your day. The added stress of working in a new environment on a regular basis means you need to take active measures to reduce your stress levels for your health.
Take Deep Breaths
In an emergency situation, you do not always have time to deal with your own stress levels. A fast and easy way to cut back on stress in a high-intensity work environment is through deep breathing. Take a few seconds to slow down your breathing and take a deep breath. Breath in a for a few seconds, hold the breath and then exhale slowly. Repeat the process five to ten times. You will notice that your stress levels reduce and you are able to focus on caring for your patients.
Ask for a Break
Travel nurses may be asked to work long shifts. That means you are at the hospital or medical facility for an extended period. That can weigh on your mind, especially in high-intensity units like emergency care or the intensive care unit. When you feel overwhelmed by the stress, ask for a break. Even a five-minute break will give you a chance to step away from the situation and give your mind a break.
Talk to a Supervisor
Stress is not always in your control. If your stress relates to the actions of your co-workers or other situations that are not in your control, then talk to your supervisor. Ask for an adjustment to the schedule or for the supervisor to talk to the other party. Do not ignore problems until they get out of control and impact your health.
Stress management is a key part of any career. As a travel nurse, you will face stressful situations. By taking the time to address your stress levels, you can focus on your patients and their health.