Connected Care: Relationship Building for Travelers

This blog post explores the vital aspect of relationship-building for traveling healthcare workers, who face the unique challenge of maintaining professional connections while on the move. With an emphasis on leveraging technology, we delve into how digital platforms can serve as bridges to overcome the barriers of distance. From maximizing the impact of your physical presence during assignments to fostering open communication and personalizing your interactions with colleagues and patients, this post offers practical tips to keep your professional relationships strong. For traveling healthcare workers who balance care with connectivity, this post is a guide to nurturing the heart of healthcare: the connections that support and enrich our professional journey.

Brett Rickord

2/16/20242 min read

turned off MacBook Pro beside white ceramic mug filled with coffee
turned off MacBook Pro beside white ceramic mug filled with coffee

As part of our job; they are the heart of what we do. For those of us who are traveling healthcare workers, maintaining these connections can present unique challenges. Moving from one facility to another means we must find innovative and meaningful ways to keep these relationships vibrant and supportive, despite the physical distances that may separate us. Here’s a list of practical advice on how traveling healthcare workers can maintain strong professional relationships and connections with colleagues and patients alike.

Leverage Technology for Communication

In today's digital world, technology offers us a lifeline to stay connected. Platforms like WhatsApp, Zoom, Microsoft Teems, and Skype allow for video calls and messaging, making face-to-face interactions possible from anywhere. Regular virtual catch-ups with your team can help maintain the sense of camaraderie and ensure you're up to date with workplace developments. Similarly, these tools can be used to provide updates and emotional support to patients, making distance feel less of a barrier.

Make Your Presence Count

When you're on assignment, fully engage with your colleagues and those under your care. Show genuine interest and concern for their well-being. Making the most of your on-site presence helps mitigate the impact of your absences and strengthens your bonds with both colleagues and patients!

Utilize Social Media and Professional Networks

Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), and LinkedIn are great for keeping in touch with colleagues and staying engaged with the nursing community. Sharing experiences, challenges, and achievements can keep you connected with your network and maintain your presence in their professional lives, even from afar.

Send Personalized Messages and Notes

Never underestimate the power of a personalized message or a handwritten note to show your colleagues and patients that they're in your thoughts. These gestures can make a significant difference in sustaining strong, personal connections, showing that your care extends beyond professional duties.

Encourage Open Communication

Foster an environment where open communication is the norm. Let your colleagues and patients know they can reach out to you anytime, whether for professional advice or emotional support. This openness fosters stronger bonds, builds trust, and reinforces your commitment to maintaining these relationships.

Join Team Trainings and Professional Development

Whenever possible, participate in any team training sessions, webinars, or workshops virtually. This not only aids your professional growth but also keeps you connected with your team, sharing in learning experiences and discussions on new practices or challenges in nursing care.

Reconnect During Time Off

Use your time off to reconnect in person with your network, especially if you're back in an area where you've previously worked. Meeting up for coffee, participating in group activities, or simply catching up face-to-face can rejuvenate your professional relationships and reinforce the personal connections you’ve built.


Traveling as a healthcare worker poses its set of challenges, but it also offers unique opportunities to impact various communities positively. By implementing these strategies, you can ensure that the relationships you forge with colleagues and patients remain enduring, supportive, and fulfilling, no matter where your journey takes you. Remember, the heart of healthcare is not just about the care we provide; it's also about the connections we nurture along the way.