How to get through the hard days: Advice from real travelers

Just like any job, there will be good days and bad days in your travel nursing career. The hardest part is that when those rough days sneak up, you might be a lot further from your support system than you’re used to. So what do you do?

We asked real travelers what advice they would give a fellow traveler on a rough day and here’s what they said:


#1 “Just go in, do the best you can, & leave… remind yourself it’s only for 13 weeks. Then move on!”
– Jody

#2 “Focus on why you’re there. When things aren’t going well, I focus on my patients. It helps me get back to why I chose nursing in the first place.”
– Lynn

#3 “Don’t complain, do the best job you can do, expect the worst and you’ll always be pleasantly surprised. NEVER be late, always take snacks or gum, remember every job is temporary.”
– Gina

#4 “Get out on your days off and see and do as much as you can. It helps pass a difficult assignment. Do not complain. Do not say, “At my last assignment we did it this way.” When you first come in, be silent and observe. You can quickly learn how they do it and who to stay away from. Remember, not everyone can be a travel nurse, so you ROCK!”
– Celia

#5 “At work: Follow the protocols & don’t try to tell them how you do things where you came from. Be a team player & offer to help others. Don’t join in work gossip no matter how juicy it is. If you don’t know something ask… don’t feel stupid to ask for help.

Out of work: Find things to do in the area, drive around, meetup.com. Phone dates with friends & family. Make friends at work & plan things to do out of work. Make friends with other travelers.”
– Audrine

#6 “Connect with other travelers in the area. You can do fun things together and have someone to talk to or vent—they may have a lot more experience than you and can offer good advice.”
– Sandy

#7 “I try to stay as busy as possible on my days off even if I’m exhausted from a long stretch. It doesn’t have to cost a lot. Grab a coffee and walk around a new town or park. For me being busy in a non-work environment helps get me out of the funk of a crappy assignment, which I’m currently in. I look forward to reading the other suggestions which I need as well.”
– Belinda

#8 “On my first assignment, I just went ahead and got a part-time job. 😉 I was working 7 days a week, DC was a lovely place.”
– Maria<

#9 “You can do anything for 12 hours, you can do it for 13 weeks just as long as you remember you don’t have to ever come back!! Just get through it.”
– Karen

#10 “Find a bathroom, have a good cry to get out all of your frustrations. Take a deep breath, look at your bank account balance and say to yourself, “I got this!””
– Sheila


Don’t forget that your recruiter is your #1 advocate

Having a bad day? Let them know how things are going on your assignment and they can do what they can to help you make it through and make it better, even if it’s just provide a listening ear.

Apply nowWhether you’re just getting started or you’re an experienced traveler, trustaff’s team of career specialists are always at the ready to help you become the most successful traveling nurse you can become! Contact us at 877-880-0346 or apply online today.


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