COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of American life. As a traveling nurse, you’ve been at the epicenter of this crisis. Even if you’re not working directly with COVID-19 patients, the risk is still there. But you can continue your travel nurse career if you take a few important precautions to keep yourself, new acquaintances, and patients safe. And these ideas can reinforce safe behavior on the job well after the pandemic has passed.
Listen to the Experts
The information around the spread of COVID-19 and prevention can feel like whiplash as details seem to change almost daily. But it’s essential for the safety of you and those you come in contact with that you pay attention to the experts regarding precautions. The simplest things include washing your hands regularly, wearing a mask in public, and maintaining a physical distance.
Take Care of Yourself
Your safety and wellbeing should also be a priority. This includes physical health and the prevention of viral or bacterial infections. Your mental and emotional health should also be at the top of your list of priorities. Keeping yourself healthy and reducing your stress will allow you to provide the best possible care for your patients no matter where you are assigned.
It’s also important to stay informed of the current situation. For example, when you find out where your next assignment is, begin to look at local news stories and the numbers reported there. That will give you more information to help you stay safe on the job. Situations change regularly, so it’s best to keep yourself as up-to-date as possible.
Healthcare workers were an established priority for the COVID-19 vaccination, so if you have not been vaccinated yet make a point to do so. While you will still need to maintain social distancing, wash your hands, and wear a mask, the vaccine will play a critical role in reducing infections and creating herd immunity. Increased access to the vaccine is continuing to improve.