Many traveling healthcare professionals end up on the road in part to avoid workplace drama, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Enter the workplace bully.
Identify a workplace bully by these behaviors:
- Putting you down in front of patients or other healthcare professionals
- Frequent and unnecessary aggressive responses, excessive rudeness and verbal abuse
- Repeatedly dismissing requests for assistance because “you should know how to do the job” (i.e., they aren’t busy and go out of their way to deny help), or other acts of workplace “sabotage”
- Threats and intimidation behaviors
You should always let your recruiter know if you are experiencing bullying, but here are some other tips to consider. Read more
From US Drug Test Centers:
How to Avoid a Dilute Specimen
- It is always best to go for a urine collection first thing in the morning because your urine is fresh and not likely dilute. Do not drink extra water because you are afraid of not being able to produce urine at your drug test collection. If you normally drink large quantities of fluids, cut back a bit before going for your drug test.
- Drinking an excessive quantity of fluid before a drug test can cause dilution and then you might have to back for another drug test.
- If, at the collection site for your drug test, you have any difficulty providing the required 45 mL of urine, you will be given time to drink some water and try again. We call this a “shy bladder.” There is a shy bladder process where you have up to three hours to provide your specimen and you are given a maximum of 45 ounces of water spread out over the three hours.
If adaptability is innately one of your skills, you’re probably well-suited for a travel career. If it’s something you have to work for, we’ve got two good reasons for making that extra effort.
“Action and adaptability create opportunity.”
– Garrison Wynn
Most travel contracts are 13 weeks in duration. That may seem like a long period of time… until you recall how often you hear exclamations of how fast the year went by. When you’re moving around the country up to four times a year and trying to squeeze in as many memorable moments as you can, those 13 weeks will fly by!
It’s essential to make a plan, or at least write out a travel bucket list, in advance of each contract so you’re less likely to miss an experience. This is especially true if your plan is never to extend a contract. Read more
In the fall of 2014, shortly after my graduation from physical therapy school in May, I found myself driving across the country to begin my first travel assignment. Until I began packing up the car for my trip from New York to Kansas, I never realized how much “stuff” I owned. Over the past four years of working as a traveling physical therapist, I’ve learned a lot of things; about myself, my profession and so many new places, but the most eye-opening revelation over the course of my short career has been the discovery about what is worth prioritizing and the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle. Read more
For outdoor enthusiasts some states where you can find travel therapy and travel nursing work make for a match made in heaven. Check out these top states for travelers who enjoy spending time outdoors:
There’s something to be said about enjoying crisp mountain air while putting on your skis or snowshoes. Winter travel contracts are most competitive. Luckily, all year round you can find something to do outdoors in this state. Read more
Washington State is a favorite destination for traveling healthcare professionals and for good reasons. The scenery is surprisingly diverse. Contracts are usually plentiful. And it makes for beautiful Instagram posts. You’ll want photo keepsakes of this place. Read more
Any traveler trying to live a healthier lifestyle through the application of exercise knows the struggle of being on the road and needing to “hit the gym.” Traveling healthcare professionals may not have the luxury of living in a building with its own gym, or working in a town big enough to have a 24-hour fitness center. So, when gym access is not an option what can be done to meet your fitness goals?
Stay healthy on the road by keeping your focus on 1) what you are eating (and drinking, which should be plenty of water), 2) what you’re doing for exercise, and 3) getting adequate sleep.
Get Adequate Sleep
The average person needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep, and doctors recommend 8 hours if you are regularly exercising. This is not always the easiest thing to do, but sleep is the foundation for a healthy body. It is how our body recuperates, heals and prepares for the next day. Pairing with sleep is the concept rest. That is to say, not overdoing exercise for multiple days in a row to allow your body time to recover.
The term “diet” is not associated with “restriction.” Rather, your diet is what you habitually consume. Alter what you eat based on your goals, be it losing weight, gaining muscle, toning up, etc. The basics are to make sure you’re eating a wide variety and healthy amount of proteins, carbs, fruits, dairy and vegetables. Another big part of your nutrition is to eat throughout the day, shooting for six smaller meals and getting away from the traditional three large meals a day. This increases your metabolism and improves your overall health. Research macronutrients for more information on what you personally should consume to meet your fitness goals.
Not having access to a gym means you have to get creative with exercise. One major area the average gym-goer overlooks is bodyweight exercises. You can stay fit and build a decent amount of muscle from pure bodyweight exercises, and no gym is required. Work on variations of push-ups (spider-man, one-leg, close-grip, etc.), squats (half-burpee combos, pulsing, cross-leg, etc.), isometric planks and other abdominal exercises.
Inflatable exercise balls and resistance bands are two pieces of equipment we recommend purchasing. Both are relatively cheap and extremely portable, which is great for travelers.
This skims the surface of what is out there or what can be taught. What it all comes down to is your motivation, determination and creativity to make exercise a priority.
Not sure where to travel next? These locations make for a great fall and winter combo experience.
Wide-open spaces. Small-town charm. Arts and culture. The 10 states (Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and Colorado) that make up the Great Plains are incredibly diverse. Experience this unique area of the U.S. when you take a travel therapy or travel nursing contract in one of these states. We think it’s pretty great here! Read more