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Making a Great First Impression on a New Healthcare Assignment

Starting a new assignment can be nerve-wracking, especially if it is one of your first contract staffing assignments. If you find yourself starting a new healthcare staffing assignment, here are tips to help you make a great first impression!

Offer to Help

Instead of waiting for someone to ask for your help, if you notice another team member struggling with their assignment or needing a helping hand, offer to help before you’re asked. For example, maybe you know a coworker is about to change the linens on a patient’s bed. Offer to help your coworker before they go looking for someone to pitch in.

Offering to help is a great way to build a team mentality. And you never know when you’ll need someone else to return the favor.

Provide Compliments

If you notice someone has new scrubs that you like, or you saw someone go out of their way for a colleague, compliment them! Building up your coworkers brings about a feeling of camaraderie. And working in an environment where people are recognized, and good deeds are called out can help make anyone feel good!


If you find yourself feeling stressed or see another coworker who looks stressed, offer a smile. Stanford News explains that even if your smile is posed, it may help to boost your mood.

However, this comes with the caveat that working in healthcare can be stressful sometimes, and it’s ok to feel crummy when bad things happen.

Ask Questions and Provide Respectful Feedback

Asking questions and clarifying responsibilities shows you are engaged in the role and desire to do a good job. It also shows critical thinking skills.

Additionally, if you frequently provide healthcare staffing services to different hospitals, you may have valuable insights into completing a task more efficiently or improving patient care. Consider speaking up when appropriate, asking questions, and respectfully providing feedback.

Communicate with Leadership and Your New Colleagues

Often, conflicts arise as a result of communication breakdowns. If you have a concern or need to address an issue, make sure to speak to the right person about it. Communicating about problems early on can help prevent them from becoming a bigger issue.

Ready for the Next Step?

If this sounds like you, consider a career in healthcare contract staffing. 365 Healthcare Staffing Services is a nationwide contract staffing agency. With years of experience, they are experts in matching the right candidate in the right place.

Explore their open positions and reach out with any questions about how to get started on your next (or first!) contract staffing adventure. 365 Healthcare Staffing Services would love to begin building a relationship to understand what you are looking for in your next role and help match you with a great staffing fit!