What To Do If You Get Sick as a Travel Nurse


Chloe’ Sizer | October 12th, 2023

Being a travel nurse is an exciting and rewarding career, but it can also be challenging. One of the biggest challenges is getting sick on the road. If you do get sick, it’s important to know what to do to get better quickly and minimize the impact on your work and your patients.

Here are a few tips:

  • Tell your recruiter right away. Your recruiter can help you find a replacement nurse if you need to take time off work to recover.
  • Notify the facility you are on assignment with. Inform your hospital that you’re unwell and potential amount of time you expect to be out (of course, it’s hard to guesstimate but keeping the team up-to-date is critical to avoid shortages)
  • See a doctor. It’s important to get a diagnosis from a doctor so you can get the right treatment.
  • Follow your doctor’s orders. This includes taking any medications your doctor prescribes and getting plenty of rest.
  • Stay home from work until you’re feeling better. You don’t want to risk spreading your illness to your patients or coworkers.

Here are some additional tips that may be helpful:

  • Keep a supply of over-the-counter medications on hand. This includes things like pain relievers, cough syrup, and cold medicine.
  • Pack a thermometer and pulse oximeter. This will help you track your vital signs and make sure you’re not getting worse.
  • Wash your hands frequently. This is especially important when you’re around sick people.

If you get sick, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Your recruiter, coworkers, and patients are all there to support you. Just focus on getting better and getting back to work as soon as possible.


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