Most nurses still get into the profession because they want to make a difference in the lives of patients. While there are often other motivating factors, including job stability and income, this remains a chief motivator in a profession still devoted to caring for people that need help.
But what about the per diem nurse? These talented professionals are on the road frequently in short- and long-term assignments as a kind of a third-inning pinch hitter, standing in for nurses who are on vacation or maternity leave, or just providing additional help when a medical facility needs to temporarily staff up. This leaves us with one important question: Do per diem nurses really make an impact?
Making an Impact as a Per Diem Nurse
Nurses may wonder how they’ll impact a facility when they’re only there for a short time. But you might be surprised at the impact you’ll have. Per diem nurses can make a big impact in a short time by:
- Working to build trust with your team. Everything is accelerated in per diem, including the relationships you’ll create on the ground. Getting to know your team is an important way to help impact the quality of care and caring, as well as building a network of friends and colleagues around the country.
- Sharing what you know. The per diem nurse is the resident expert, having learned best practices from around the country during their short-term engagements. One of the best parts of the job is being able to share what you’ve discovered; particularly solutions to common problems you’ve seen work well in other care teams. There are dozens of healthcare conferences around the country to specifically share best practices. The per diem nurse is a walking wealth of information on best practices applied in nursing units around the country. Tactfully sharing what you’ve learned is a great way to make an impact in a new facility. The keyword, though, is “tactful.” As you gain the team’s trust, you will be able to share as much knowledge as you’re learning on the job.
- Communicating with an open mind. One of the best parts of per diem nursing is the variety of people you will encounter. Each person and each role will be different, which makes the job the perfect learning environment. It’s important to approach each new position with an open mind so you can soak up all the information, knowledge and experiences these roles can give you. Listen closely to what the full-time nurses have to share and you’ll have a terrific learning environment that will make you the best at what you do – no matter where you are.
Are you ready to make an impact? Per diem nurses are a best in breed; these medical professionals can handle more than the rigors of the profession. Per diem nurses also handle the stressors and excitement of moving to a new place to start their new position. It is the perfect learning environment where you really can make an impact all over the country. Call us. Let’s explore your options.