Building Rapport with Patients and Staff: Communication Strategies for Travel Allied Professionals


Michelle Ravanera | May 21st, 2024

As a travel allied health professional, you bring a unique skillset to every assignment. You’re not just clinically qualified, you’re adaptable, resourceful, and a master communicator. But building rapport quickly in new environments with patients and staff is a key element to your success. Here are some communication strategies to help you hit the ground running and become a valued member of the team:

First Impressions Matter

  • Introduce yourself with a smile and enthusiasm. Let patients and staff know you’re excited to be there and contribute.
  • Learn names quickly. Addressing people by name personalizes interactions and fosters a sense of connection.

Active Listening is Key

  • Give patients and staff your full attention. Make eye contact, put away distractions, and show genuine interest in what they have to say.
  • Ask clarifying questions. This ensures understanding, demonstrates attentiveness, and allows you to tailor your communication accordingly.
  • Acknowledge concerns and emotions. Validate their feelings and let them know you’re there to support them.

Bridge the Communication Gap

  • Be mindful of jargon and technical terms. Explain medical terminology in a way that’s easy to understand for both patients and staff unfamiliar with your specialty.
  • Consider cultural backgrounds. Be sensitive to cultural norms and communication styles to avoid misunderstandings.

Embrace Your Travel Experience

  • Highlight your diverse patient experience. Showcase your ability to connect with a wide range of people.
  • Share best practices from previous assignments. Offer new ideas and insights, but be respectful of established protocols at the new facility.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

  • Be collaborative and approachable. Offer help and expertise to your colleagues.
  • Show appreciation for the team’s support. A simple “thank you” goes a long way.

Building rapport is an ongoing process. By consistently demonstrating these communication skills, you’ll build trust, create a positive work environment, and ultimately provide the best possible care to your patients.

Bonus Tip: Familiarize yourself with the facility’s communication protocols beforehand. This demonstrates initiative and respect for the established system.

By following these tips, you can ensure a smooth transition into any new travel assignment and become a valuable asset to the team. Remember, strong communication is the foundation for building rapport, and that leads to a successful and rewarding travel allied health career.

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