Cracking the Code for Success: Tips for Your First Travel Medical Assignment

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You have just landed your first assignment as a traveling healthcare professional. You are excited and eager to get started, but other than packing your clothing, you’re not too sure about what else you need to do. Here are a few tips to help you out.

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Get organized.

Being organized will help make the move much easier. To help, travel healthcare agencies have a handbook that includes the information people will need to make the move, including information about what to take, travel tips and a countdown checklist of things to do. For example, some of the things to do include applying for direct deposit through the staffing company, sending a change of address form to the post office, setting up telephone service, scheduling move in with the apartment manager, etc.

You should also make a personal to-do list of things that may not be on the company’s list. Prioritize your tasks. Then cross off each item on the list as you finish the task.

Learn about your new place.

Find out as much as you can about the town where you’ll be working. There are plenty of resources available online to do this, such as TripAdvisor.com, or you can even visit the local library. You can find out what there is to see and do, where the grocery stores and other shops are located, and where the popular meeting places are if you are looking for new friends.

Have some cash reserves.

You should have at least several thousand dollars in a bank account for unforeseen expenses such as your car breaking down or needing to buy a new suitcase.

Arrive a few days early.

You need time to unpack, to get used to your new surroundings, learn how things work, and where things are. You also can find out the best way to drive to your medical facility.

Ask questions.

If you are not sure about details on salary and benefits, or working conditions at your new assignment, ask about it. Ask questions until you are satisfied you have the information you need.

Prepare for a little homesickness.

It is natural when moving to a new place to be a little homesick at first because you may be leaving family and friends. Bringing a pet along with you may help to ease the transition.

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