changing jobs

Adjusting to Change

Changing jobs can be extremely stressful and healthcare travelers do it all the time.  Some suggest that it takes up to three months to acclimate to a new job. In many cases, this will be about the time that a traveler will be starting a new assignment and the process starts all over again.

That’s why it is important to track your stressors at a new job and develop healthy responses to the added stress. Coping with the stress of changing jobs is important because it will benefit your health and those who work with you.

The excitement about a new travel job can quickly transform into panic. To combat the anxiety associated with a new travel job, try to exercise regularly, avoid drama in the workplace, and communicate how you feel. Stay positive, set realistic expectations, and manage your time effectively at work. And above all else, get enough sleep.

What tips do you suggest to help others adjust to change?

Ben Forrest is a Team Lead for the Cardiopulmonary division at Aureus Medical Group.


  1. Be confident in your skill set. Know your strengths and weaknesses so you can quickly adjust to new ways of doing things. Mostly be flexible! As travelers, realize that there are many ways to do things, welcome change!

  2. Take time to enjoy the area you are visiting. This will lift your spirits for several day and possible weeks making your assignment feel like a job well done.

  3. Use your personal funds to arrive at least 1-2 days before your assignment begins…arriving the day before stressed me out way too much.

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