Student nurse tips

Travel Nurses Negotiate Reimbursements

As we mentioned above, negotiating is about much more than your weekly paycheck as a travel nurse. You might even be able to negotiate additional reimbursements that aren’t directly related to pay. Therefore, it’s important that you ask about reimbursements. You should try to get the agency to cover as many costs as you can without adjusting your weekly pay to cover the costs.

When Should You Start Negotiating Travel Nursing Pay?

Now, most people believe that negotiating happens at some certain point in the overall process. For example, you have a few conversations with a recruiter, discuss some job opportunities, they quote some pay packages and you start negotiating. While this is one approach to negotiating, it is not the best approach. Instead, you begin negotiating before you have your first interaction with a prospective employer. Moreover, you should view every interaction you have with a prospective employer as part of the negotiating process. This might sound strange. Don’t worry though! This concept is so important that we will discuss it throughout the entire article.

Understand Travel Nursing Pay Packages Before You Start Your Search

For example, you must understand travel nursing pay packages before you start your job search process. Doing so will allow you to accurately calculate the total value of a pay package and compare pay packages. Perhaps most importantly, it will help you understand all the details you need to obtain about pay packages. Moreover, it instills the perception that you know what you’re doing. That said, we understand that travel nursing pay packages are complicated. However, we are 100% certain that every nurse, therapist and tech are capable of fully understanding the pay packages. healthcare professionals are an intelligent lot. Moreover, there are tons of resources available now. We’ll link to many of them throughout this article, starting with these resources:

  • How to Evaluate Travel Nursing Pay Video
  • Sample Breakdown of a Travel Nursing Pay Package
  • 3 Pitfalls When Discussing Travel Nursing Pay and How to Avoid Them If you invest the 1 to 2 hours it will take you to fully understand pay, then you can negotiate THOUSANDS more dollars in the long-run. It’s worth it!

Encourage participation

Many online classroom formats have features such as polls, breakout rooms, and whiteboards. Familiarize yourself with these tools and use them frequently. Your online dashboard may reflect usage data, allowing you to see how many students are actually participating, as well as gauge student understanding of presented concepts. Giving homework is essential in an online environment. Keep learners engaged during the week with assignments, such as journals, readings, projects, discussions, ungraded practice quizzes, document downloads, or short papers. As discussed in the first tip, be clear about homework and talk about it during class. Homework also gives students a shared experience outside of class. Work hard to ensure that assignments and classroom content align with course objectives and goals. Include various activities that challenge knowledge and impart critical-thinking skills. Be thoughtful when developing assignments and give timely, effective feedback.

Engage students

In the classroom, inattention is easy to spot; online, it's more difficult. To help engage students, show your passion for the topic—and for nursing. Learn your students' names, be friendly, and, if your online learning management system offers this functionality, chat with them before class starts. Use interactive questions throughout the online lecture to promote involvement. Online instructors can foster helping-trusting-caring relationships and address individual learning needs. Take time to interact with students and address their different learning styles in your presentation. Don't forget that cultural competency is important in all learning environments. The online environment may make it difficult to be aware of cultural clues, so using sensitive and inclusive language is a must.

Provide clear directions

Students in classrooms are used to having face-to-face time with faculty before and after a class. In person, students can easily ask questions and get clarification; this opportunity isn't as easy to come by within the online classroom environment. Providing clear directions for participation helps students become engaged in the online learning process. Be sure to include assignment rubrics, detailed expectations, and due dates. Questions or confusion can frustrate students, so be concise and avoid ambiguity.

Take a break when you need it (and even if you don’t).

Take a break. Go to the bathroom. Take five minutes to collect your thoughts. Eat a snack. Drink some water. Reorganize. Then hop back into your shift. Nurses run themselves ragged for many good reasons, and often don’t have time to stop for a second or two. But by not taking a break, you run the risk of compassion fatigue, burnout, and other serious medical issues. It’s also been proven that taking breaks helps with productivity and mental concentration, two essential ingredients to managing your day as a nurse. A break doesn’t have to be long, just enough time to recharge your batteries before your next boost. Related Resource: The Best Foods for Busy Healthcare Students Did we miss anything? How do you manage your time effectively as a new nurse? Tell us on our Facebook page!

Create the mental space to implement your time management skills by arriving early.

When you work 12-hour shifts, the last thing you want to do is stay at your job any longer than you have to. But arriving just 20 minutes early can help you set a good tone for the day and allow you to calmly assess your surroundings before your shift actually begins. You can read over your patient’s charts, get your sheets ready, and go through handoffs with the nurses on duty before you. This time spent in preparation and planning can ensure you leave as soon as your shift ends, saving you the stress of wrapping up tasks after you’re totally exhausted. Managing your tasks will start to become second nature the longer you’re a nurse, and you’ll begin to feel more comfortable immediately jumping into your day without a second thought. So don’t worry: You won’t have to arrive that early forever! Related Resource: 8 Signs You’re Already Thinking Like a Nurse

Learn to cluster care.

As a new nurse, you’re going to be slower at doing things than the more seasoned nurses around you. That’s totally normal — for nurses and almost any career track! There is so much value in doing a task over and over again. The more you do it, the quicker it will become, freeing up time for other things. The more you repeat certain tasks, the more you’ll be able to anticipate your next move and a patient’s need. You can start clustering things together as you go. What future tasks around you can you accomplish before you have to run across the ward? How many pressing needs can you address before tackling the responsibilities that can wait till the end of your shift? Nurse Megen Duffy suggests parsing out as much as you can via conceptual, time, or location-based clustering. Experienced nurses are always thinking about their next move and keeping the big picture in mind, so learn to cluster your care. Related Resource: The 3 Things You Never Stop Learning As a Nurse

Know the importance of flexibility and patience.

Nurses and other healthcare professionals are unique in that they have to remain calm, collected, and level-headed during hectic and even frightening moments. You work in an environment of hope and health, but it can be scary and unknown for many patients and their families. Adding to this, you also need to deal with other stressors that come with work — criticism, the challenges that come with working with other people, and being pulled in several different directions at once. Though setting priorities and having a plan are important tactics to get through your day, you also need to possess some flexibility and patience — and let things go when you deviate from your schedule. As a new nurse, you’ll need to learn the ebb and flow of your new position and be open to change at the drop of a hat. Part of your job as a nurse is confronting the unknown. If you’re stressed out because you took too long to complete a task, fell victim to too many interruptions during your shift, or had to deal with a difficult situation that took you out of your zone, it’s okay. A frazzled mind won’t help you take back your time, so sometimes it’s best to embrace the fact that your carefully planned shift is heading in a different direction. Remember the bigger picture of your role, re-focus your energy to get it back where it needs to be, and don’t dwell on the “coulda, woulda, shouldas.” Related Resource: Nursing Burnout Is Real, and Here’s How to Fight It