Those who tout “effective communicator” as a strength generally do well as a travel nurse, because the role inherently calls for someone who can relate and connect to others regardless of how different they might be.
However, that doesn’t mean that moving to a brand-new city to work in an unfamiliar environment with people you’ve never met might not cause for a trace of worry in even the most charismatic of nurses. On the next assignment where you find yourself testing the friendly waters, consider some of these approaches.
Find your local tribe in your new stomping grounds. Do you like to burn off steam with kickboxing, or is yoga more your speed? Are the sun and surf always calling your name, or do you like museum hopping? Go where you like to be and chances are you’ll meet others who share your interests. Striking up a conversation is easy when there’s already that common denominator.
Just trying to make a new friend might be stepping out beyond one’s comfort zone. Take things up a notch and push yourself way out there by exploring the hobby or place you’ve never had the gumption to do before. Travel nursing is as much about the adventure so go find it and be surprised who you meet. You might make a friend and learn something new about yourself in the process.
Did you meet your best friends on a Travel Nurse assignment? Take a picture and tag us using the hashtags #FriendshipDay and #ImWithPPR