When you start a new job, you typically have the luxury to come home and relax after a long day. You may curl up in your favorite spot or make your favorite meal and unwind. As a travel nurse, you must bring home with you. We have put together a list of a few things that can make your temporary home, feel like home.
1.Cook your Favorite Meals
One of the first things you can do to feel at home is to cook some of your favorite meals. This may be in the crock pot or in the oven, either way you will feel more at home eating familiar foods. We definitely recommend trying places, but there is just something homey about eating a good home cooked meal at “home.”
2. Bring Personal Items with you
Nothing feels more like home that your own personal items. Bring your own pillow, blanket, pictures or candles. Anything that is small enough to pack and feels like home should be brought. If you are allowed pets in your housing complex, bring them! Whether it is a cat, dog or fish you will instantly feel welcomed and at home when you walk in the door. Personal items are tangible things that will make your temporary house feel complete.
3. Have a get together
Having a small get together at your place may make you feel at home. When you’re at a new place, it is nice to have people get together and hang out. Other travelers may be trying to adjust as well so getting together could be help fill that loneliness. Make friends!
4. Facetime friends & family back home
Last, but not least, is bringing your family to you! Not really, but kind of. Facetiming or video chatting with friends and family back home can make you feel like you never left. You can show them your new place or take them with you exploring your new town. They will enjoy seeing you experience new things and getting to see what you are doing. You can’t pack them up and take them with you, but you can surely have them there in spirit.
Today nurses must increasingly boost their knowledge of a number complex technologies, from “smart” medical devices to tablet PCs.
“There’s no way to get around it,” says Carol Bickford, PhD, RN, BC, a senior policy fellow in the department of nursing practice and policy at the ANA. “You need to know the tools, and new ones are coming in right and left.”
The technology nurses encounter on the job falls into two broad categories — clinical and other information systems, and smart medical devices, often with integrated computer chips and screens.