NEED TO SUPPORT YOUR CONTINUED EDUCATION WHILE TRAVELING? HERE’S HOW.
When you’re a traveler, you don’t always spend a ton of time in the same place. That’s part of the appeal of travel nursing, but it also makes things built for more “conventional” employment models difficult. Take continuing education, for example. It’s every bit as valuable for travel nurses as it is for location nurses. If you’re a traveler, you may think continuing your education is impossible without sacrificing your travel opportunities.
Think again. Below is a list of strategies you can use to maintain your travel frequency while also continuing your development.
* Reach out to your staffing firm. Many staffing firms have full compliance teams that can let you know what you need to stay compliant in different states. These teams can also help you find the resources necessary to maintain that compliance and answer any questions you may have about continuing your education. Hit them up.
* Make use of digital tools. Have a device? Then you have the tools necessary to take your classes with you wherever you go. Use your device to research learning opportunities — or ask your staffing firm for such resources — and you can spend your spare nights in your new location bettering your technical know-how.
* Explore opportunities in your area. You may be away from your tax home when a course or speaker is in your area, but that doesn’t mean a similar offering isn’t possible in your new location. Ask around at your new assignment. Your fellow nurses are interested in bettering themselves as well and chances are, if there is such an offering in your new area, they know about it.