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Tips for Reducing Stress at Your Travel Nursing Job

February 17, 2017
by Voyage Healthcare

Being a nurse can be a stressful job. Traveling for work can also be stressful. So how can you better manage and reduce stress during your travel nursing assignment?

Here are some easy to remember color codes and what you can do to de-stress:

Green: Current deadlines or responsibilities of your job are causing stress.

  1. Take a break
  2. Go for a walk
  3. Chat with coworkers
  4. Stretch out

If you feel yourself starting to get stressed, get up and move around. Have a friendly chat with a coworker, but no complaining. Keep things light and breathe deeply!

Yellow: Feeling overworked and stressed fairly consistently.

  1. Get organized
  2. Talk to a friend outside of work
  3. Have some fun

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with work on a day to day basis, it’s best to start doing some things to take your mind off work and de-stress. Shift your brain to a hobby or pastime to give your brain a rest. Journal, paint a picture, jog – anything besides work.

Once you come back to work try to get organized and make a schedule to help relieve some of that frantic feeling of having too much to do.

Red: You’re over it. You’ve tried to make things better but are feeling fed up.

  1. Take a vacation
  2. Switch departments if possible

With travel nursing assignments, you’re a little more limited when it comes to code red. Take a day or two to regroup and check out. Thankfully with travel nursing, you’re only on one assignment for a few months. If you find that you need to take a break or switch it up for your next assignment, you have that flexibility.

Voyage Healthcare has new opportunities available across the country come up all the time! Check out our current job openings here. You can also contact us at (800) 798-6035 or email us if you have any questions about traveling as a medical professional.