Whether you are a brand new travel nurse or you have several assignments under your belt, it’s totally normal to feel nervous about your first day on the job at a new facility. There will be new co-workers, new routines and sooooo much to learn. Just remember, you were hired for this travel nursing job because YOUR ARE A QUALIFIED & SKILLED NURSE.
So how do I do it, you ask??
1. WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
On every new assignment, your recruiter should provide you with first-day instructions. These will tell you what time to arrive, where to park, who you will report to and include a basic overview of the first day.
If you’re another “Perfect Patty” like myself, take the time to drive the route to the facility ahead of time. If it’s possible, I take the time to find the location within the hospital where I will be orienting. Always save any numbers given to you just in case you’re lost.
2. ARE YOU PREPARED?
Be sure that you know about the job’s uniform requirements--purchase new scrubs. Meal prep and lay out your clothing and first-day paperwork the night before. Leave on time and get there early...yes...early! LOL (Daily Struggle)
3. DON’T FORGET SELF CARE!
Take some time to write down your fears, questions, worried thoughts. Knowing what is actually giving you anxiety will empower you to deal with those first-day butterflies and move forward. Get adequate sleep before your first day on the job and eat a healthy breakfast. I always add in a good prayer and some meditation. Always make the effort to look your best. When you look good, you feel good! Way to boost your confidence walking into a new environment.
4. BEST TO TAKE INITIATIVE?
Yes! Offer a big smile and introduce yourself! Make those connections which will in turn help when you have questions. It also lets everyone know you are a professional and confident! Make an effort to remember their names. If there is a task that needs to be done and you know how to do it, jump in and offer to help.
5. ARE YOU OPEN TO LEARNING?
During orientation, it’s best to pay attention and take notes. While it is likely that you have experienced different ways of doing things, your first day is to learn their policies and methods. I know you’re not trying to get written up for doing it your own way.
However, if you ever feel like you are witnessing or being asked to participate in unsafe practices, SPEAK UP!
6. BETTER BE ASKING QUESTIONS!
Don’t ever feel like you can’t ask questions, that’s a common mistake! Just because you’re experienced, doesn’t mean you have experience in everything especially in a new facility. Most hospitals are traveler friendly so they help out as much as they can! I’ve been blessed to work at traveler friendly facilities.
7. BE CONFIDENT!
No matter what anxious thoughts are running through your head, you got this! Slap that pretty smile on and take on each day as best as you can! You got this! ;)
Hope this helps someone!
Best of luck💗
The Fabuleux Nurse