6 Ways for Travel Nurses to Manage Stress

Today, life is not what we would call normal. Prior to 2020’s pandemic, we all went about our lives without much thought to what was happening in our country and the world.  We handled the day-to-day stress of home and job in a much different way than we can right now.

Now, we no longer know what each day will bring.  In our industry, there has been extra turmoil. People are angry. They are more easily upset. Patients are combative. Things that would have previously “rolled off our backs” no longer do so.

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The First Phone Call Forms a Lasting Impression

“I’m worth big bucks. What are you going to pay me?”

Because Fidelity On Call works in the “people business,” it is sometimes hard to tell if you are getting the right person. A good indication we are talking to a quality nurse is how the conversation starts.

If a nurse says, “I’m worth big bucks. What are you going to pay me,” it is obvious that their focus is wrong. They are in it for the dollar and truly care little about the patients.

Our nurses receive top pay, tax free allowances, bonuses and more, but their focus is on providing the best of care for their patients and being a seamless part of the hospital’s team.

We thoroughly reference check – not just dates of employment – and we talk with their previous supervisors. Also, members of Fidelity On Call’s elite team pass a national criminal background check, have a discipline-free license and are subjected to so many other quality checks they are too numerous to list.

Yes, we want to take care of our nurses. But, it can never be at the expense of quality patient care.

To see if you qualify to be a member of our elite team, call us today!

Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

Welcome to Fidelity On Call’s series where we discuss all things related to travel nursing. We’ll answer frequently asked questions and share tips on how to make the most of your travel nursing career.

Our series is co-hosted by: Kellie Short, Sr Recruiting Specialist and General Sales Manager; and Carla Edwards, Recruiting Specialist.

Segment 1: Attitude | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about the importance of having a good attitude, and share why it’s a big factor for the members of our elite team of travel nurses.

Segment 2: Holidays | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

The holidays are coming, will you be working or not? Kellie and Carla discuss what a travel nurse can expect.

Segment 3: Allowances | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about tax-free allowances. Some agencies offer packages with big tax free-allowances, but don’t mention you’ll have to pay it back to the IRS!

Segment 4: The Love of the Patient | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about our mission and some of the traits we are looking for when considering a travel nurse to be on our elite team. Plus, Carla tells a touching story about how one of our nurses went the extra mile with a patient’s family.

Segment 5: Our Team Organization | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk our team organization and how we set a higher standard for ourselves to bring the best opportunities to our elite team of nurses.

Segment 6: Why Travel Nursing?

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about some great advantages to becoming a travel nurse including: Flexibility, getting to choose your next assignment, opportunities to learn and grow, and more.

Segment 7: Adapting to Change

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about how being able to adapt to change is important for a traveler to be successful.

Segment 8: Integrity

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about the integrity and the principles that Fidelity On Call holds true, and why upholding that mission has been so important since our inception in 1994.

Special Segment: Allied Health Openings

Kellie and Carla share about the opportunities that Fidelity On Call has – not just for nursing! There are openings right now with allied positions ranging from Respiratory Therapist, Surgical Tech, X-Ray Tech, LPN and more. Give us a call! (309) 691-1500.

Segment 09: Red Flags

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about red flags. As nurse recruiters, these are the things we hear most often that travel nurses need to watch out for…

Segment 10: Client Red Flags

We work with hundreds of hospitals in the state of Illinois. In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about concerns clients share with us, that are red flag issues they’ve had with other agencies and travelers.

Segment 11: Team Support

Our recruiting team doesn’t just back up our team, we coach, mentor, and support them In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about some of the ways we are there for the travel nurses on our elite team.

Stay tuned for more episodes of our series on travel nursing…

11 Things We are Thankful For in 2020

To say it’s been a challenging year is an understatement. Our travel nurses have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Throughout it, our team stayed, and continues to stay strong.

One of the things about our elite team, is that we find the good, even in times of adversity.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, here are 11 things we are thankful for…

1. We are thankful that in 2020 we survived the chaos that went into this year – starting with Covid-19 and ending with the Presidential Election.

2. We are thankful the World Health Organization chose to make 2020 the “Year of the Nurse.” This is such a deserved recognition in a year where our team (and nurses everywhere) was repeatedly called on to go above and beyond the norm. We are so proud of our Elite Team!

3. We are so grateful for our internal office team. 2020 has had its share of “chaotic” in it. But, throughout it all, we worked together as a strong team.

4. We are so thankful we were deemed essential business and only had to modify the way we worked during the initial coronavirus shutdown.

5. We are grateful that we maintained a healthy team – both in the field and in the office.

6. We are grateful there are only 49 days from November 1 (time fell back) to December 21 (shortest day of the year) – that is when the days start to gradually get longer and the “lights” come back on in the evening.

7. We are thankful that, through our efforts with the Fidelity On Call Food Fight, we were able to provide $36,000 of food to people in our community. That is a huge impact!

8. We are thankful for our family and friends who love, support and encourage us on a daily basis.

9. We are thankful for a break in the day when we actually get lunch.

10. We are grateful for days when we don’t have to set an alarm.

11. And, for our last “thank you” we are so totally grateful that come Thanksgiving, 2020 will be over in 35 days!

Travel Nurse Stories: What Does It Mean to Be on the Elite Team?

When you work for Fidelity On Call, you are part of a select team of hand-picked travelers who provide the best of care to those that we serve. We asked some of our travel nurses to share what it means to be part of the elite team.

In this story, Dana says being a member of our elite team means that when you are assigned somewhere, people know they can trust you, and count on you.

In this story, Tyler says being on the elite team means having quality at the forefront in your mind when you’re working with patients.

In this story, Holly says it’s really an honor to be on the elite team because people know Fidelity On Call’s reputation, and that the standards for their nurses are very high.

Sue, who is a critical care nurse says, “We like to have everything perfect and expect perfection in everything we do.” To that end, she says being a member of our elite team is quite a compliment.

In this story, Grace says, “It means that we can set the example for all the other nurses on the floor.”

In this story, Charis says that sadly, travel nurses haven’t always had the best reputation. But by working for us, her goal is to improve that by letting the hospital know she is their resource who will get them through a time when their staffing is an issue, without making it hard for them.

In this story, Clayton says that when he’s on a shift with other Fidelity travelers, there’s camaraderie and pride in working with other skilled and knowledgeable team members.

In this story, Lonna says it’s having a facility say, “That was the best nurse we’ve ever had. I want her back. I want another nurse from Fidelity because I know they’re going to listen to my needs and send me what I need.”

Would you like to join our elite team of travel nurses? Contact us today by email, or call (309) 691-1500.