Combining Style and Function as a Travel Nurse

As a nurse, you are expected to wear scrubs every day. Scrubs are loose, easy to match and very comfortable uniform like clothes that can be used to identify nurses in almost every part of the world.

But travel nurses are not always expected to stick to this dress code. In fact, one of the perks of being a travel nurse is that while you are actually expected to dress after a certain fashion, not every assignment requires scrubs.

However, your job requires that your patient is as comfortable as possible, and sometimes, your appearance plays a vital role in this task. Thankfully, there are a number of techniques you can use so that you maintain a professional appearance while at the same time looking as beautiful and as glamorous as possible.

You don’t need to break the bank

Every woman knows that sometimes it is the little things that matter and that there is really no need to break the bank in order to look glamorous and beautiful.

The secret is to make looking good a part of your daily routine, and identifying what works for you and what needs to be changed.

Looking good boosts self-confidence, and you will be able to deliver your duties to the fullest. But when you are worried about how you look, it can significantly affect how you work, and this will also tell on your patients.

Understand your assignment fashion code

When you clinch a new travel nursing assignment, make sure you understand what the dress code or fashion sense in your new position is. You can discuss this with the travel nursing agency or your new supervisor.

One of the advantages of working in a nurse-owned staffing agency is that your boss and supervisors probably understand very well the role of beauty and fashion in healthcare delivery, and while it is true that fashion plays a trivial role compared to the other details of your job, they understand that you need to look good to work well.

Therefore, find out dressing details about the assignment, including whether you are expected to wear scrubs all through, whether you can paint your nails, use makeup, and so on.

These details will not only help in your packing; it will also help you get started on the proper footing in your new place of assignment.

Don’t go all out

The standard travel nursing assignment is completed in only a few weeks, so you only need enough to get you through the duration of your assignment. This means that you don’t really have to pack your entire wardrobe or any seasonal wears.

In fact, once you have confirmed that every day is not scrub day, stick with a few casual outfits, as long as they are versatile colours that can blend with multiple items. You will also need a couple of sweatshirts, outdoor wears, nice shoes, pyjamas, and intimate wears.

Depending on where you will be travelling to and when you can also add a swimsuit or a rain gear.

Less is more

In recent years, the minimalist movement has been enjoying tremendous growth. These days, almost everyone is looking for how to do more with less, and this trend has transcended into the world of fashion.

As a travel nurse, minimalism holds a lot of benefits. For one thing, you are able to get dressed and ready faster and still look as good as always. It also means that you can get ready to travel for an assignment in less time than usual because you no longer need to pack everything in your wardrobe.

Minimalist fashion has just one principle: keep it simple. This means streamlined designs, very little selection of colours, and a very small amount of clothing in your luggage. At least you will be able to keep track of everything while on assignment.

Remember to accessorise

Accessories are vital in every woman’s fashion arsenal and travel nurses are not exempt. Whether your assignment requires that you wear scrubs or casual wear, use accessories to make a personal fashion statement, albeit in a subtle way. For example, you can wear a delicate pair of earrings combined with a simple necklace and an understated hairpiece.

Whatever you choose should be able to bring out the colours of what you are wearing and should also complement your body. If there are no rules against it, you can even use a slender belt to emphasize your hourglass figure. Some of your patients may appreciate the time and effort you put into the dressing and this may even liven up the day a little bit.

That said, remember not too over accessorise, so that it doesn’t steal attention from your work clothes.

Final thoughts

Lastly, no matter what you choose to wear, how you wear it matters more. Dressing with the right attitude will deliver better results than dressing because you have to. Once you have the right attitude, it will show it how you handle the stresses of the job and will reflect in your entire outlook at work.