A new healthcare employee will always have a period of adjustment, but short-term employees or travel nurses, those first few days can be even more stressful. Short-term team members don’t feel like they’re included, so how you treat them when you welcome them on the job will inform their entire experience. Here are some ways you can make your temporary healthcare professionals or travel nurses feel more welcome from the moment they arrive.
- Have everything ready. It’s very common for employers to scramble on the day their short-term employee arrives to make sure they have a workspace and equipment. This can set the entire assignment off on the wrong foot. If you have to make your new team members wait, they’ll become frustrated quickly. Instead, start the ball rolling after you know the new employee has been assigned.
- Partner them with a mentor. There is also a problem that can arise with your current team members. They may feel like they are being replaced, even if that isn’t the case at all. They may choose to isolate themselves from your temporary medical staff. To curb this, pair your short-term employees with your current staff so they can show them the ropes and get to know one another.
- Provide access to information. You certainly don’t have to compromise any confidential information, but it’s important that your short-term employee can feel confident to get access to important information without jumping through too many hoops. Create a process where your temporary employees can get the information they need when they need it. The same is true for providing resources and access to tools to make their jobs easier.
- Follow up. Throughout their assignment, be sure that your providing feedback about their performance both to the employee themselves and to their placement recruiter. Also, don’t only report on the concerns you have. Make sure you’re providing praise when your short-term employee does something you like or help to improve something within your facility. Knowing their valued will increase their engagement with the assignment to do better work.