No Time for You? 2 Tips to Having More Time as a Travel Nurse

No Time for You? 2 Tips to Having More Time as a Travel Nurse

The following is a Guest Post via Elizabeth Scala


How do you find more Time as A Travel Nurse?

Have you ever noticed how when you go on vacation everything seems so fast? You can’t wait to get there; you count down the days, hours, even minutes until your trip. Then when you reach your destination you try to cram everything in, super-fast, because you don’t want to miss a thing!

By Robbert van der Steeg (originally posted to Flickr as Eternal clock) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Robbert van der Steeg (originally posted to Flickr as Eternal clock) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Now I’ve never been a travel nurse, but I’d imagine there is some of this that may go on. You get your new assignment. It’s actually somewhere you’ve been dying to go. You’re super excited and then you’re there and time is flying by!

You can’t even do all of the fun things on your bucket list because, for goodness sake, you’re a nurse and you’ve got to work all of the time!

Being a nurse creates a nasty little dilemma for every single one of us: we never have enough time!
Last winter I actually surveyed close to 100 nurses, asking them about their biggest challenge as it relates to health and wellness. “What gets in your way of taking care of you?”
The unanimous response: TIME. “I don’t have time for…”

I can almost guarantee you’re sitting there nodding your head as you read this. You’re constantly working and when you’re not working you just don’t have the energy to get to all of the things you want to do. You don’t seem to have time for your life.

Here are two easy ways that can help you have more time for yourself in your busy life:

• Limit distractions

I call these ‘time-suckers’. What do you spend your time on when you could be doing the fun, bucket-list type things you really, really want to do? When you get off of work, instead of surfing the internet, watching TV, or sitting on the couch can you find a way to limit these things that distract you from the stuff you actually want to be doing? Observe yourself for about a week and notice: where do I waste my time? Are there ‘distracters’ that I can be rid of? Release some of these time drains and find yourself with more time to do the things you want to enjoy!

• Say “NO” for a change

As nurses we all have this built in quality of ‘care’. We want to help. We look to be team players. Yet this inner nature can actually be an outer time drain. Think of the people, places, or things that you have a hard time saying ‘no’ to. Let’s use work as an example. When the unit calls do you find yourself always whispering ‘yes’ to coming in and helping out (while your inner self is screaming ‘NO! NO! NO!’)? Find a way to balance your ‘yes’ and ‘no’ responses. Make a list if you have to. Keep track. But a sure-fire way to have more time for you is to limit the time spent on saying ‘yes’ to other people.

I’d love to hear how either of these tools worked for you, or if you have any others you’d like to add to the list. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit Sign up for my newsletter and receive my special gift, a 3-Part Video Series, “Here’s Time for Your Health”.

About The Author:

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Elizabeth “Coach” Scala, MSN/MBA, RN is passionate about helping healthcare professionals, nurses in particular, to embody holistic living and embrace self-care. Through her business, Living Sublime Wellness, she writes regularly on the topic of self-care, conducts wellness workshops, and offers both in-person and online seminars for busy nurses.

Elizabeth is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Master’s degrees in both Business and Nursing. Originally from Carmel, NY, she now lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband and two dogs. Visit for more information.


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As a travel nursing educator, Candy aka Gypsy Nurse, RN has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working up the ranks from CNA to LPN to RN. For the past eleven years, she’s worked as a travel nurse, allowing her to practice and live in 15 states throughout the U.S. Candy still works occasionally as a travel nurse but spends most of her time providing a supportive information and resources through and it's affiliated social networks.

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One Response to No Time for You? 2 Tips to Having More Time as a Travel Nurse

  1. I enjoyed your tip about saying NO! I have gotten quite good at it. It does take practice. You just have to let go of that fear and not care what people think. Always saying yes can be a direct path to burnout.

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