Agency work is a great career choice for many reasons. It provides great pay, the ability to choose our own working hours, and the opportunity to gain unlimited experience in a range of different work settings. However, the nature of agency work can mean we have less time to build strong connections with team members who work within these facilities and sometimes you can feel like the odd one out.
With YNA, you are lucky to be led by an expert team who have decades of experience working in Australia’s leading nursing agencies and healthcare facilities. So, we’ve asked our leaders to delve deeper into their own experiences and share advice on how they, as agency nurses, midwives and care workers, learnt to create positive connections at work. Here are a few tips:
Conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times
Present in a professional manner, including wearing a clean uniform and clearly displaying your ID badge
Be approachable and friendly without being too familiar
Be proactive in conversation, listen actively to what others are saying
Remain positive about work requirements
Offer willing assistance to others
Speak positively about your work colleagues and avoid engaging in gossip
Treat staff, patients, clients and customers with respect and compassion
Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it
Be honest about your limitations
Develop emotional intelligence so you better understand why you react the way you do, and why others react to you.
If you ever wish to discuss an experience you encounter in the workplace, your YNA team is always available.