Busy planning your first travel nurse assignment? Congratulations! This is an exciting step in your nursing career—and one that’s not afforded to many other professions. Travel nursing jobs allow you to see the world and experience other walks of life while you build your career experiences—and your nursing resume. You’ll be able to learn and grow in your nursing career with assignments that last around 13 weeks at a time. As a first-time travel nurse, here’s what you need to know to start ahead of the pack!
You may feel nervous, but not to worry. Travel nursing is a career path you’ll quickly get used to with practice. Plus, if you follow these five tips, you can enter on your first day feeling that much more confident:
- Work with a nursing staffing agency. In terms of straightening out your state licensure and other paperwork needed as you begin your assignment, your recruiter is a valuable resource. They will work with you to be sure you have everything you need. Plus, when it’s time to find somewhere to live, your travel nursing agency can help you find suitable housing—either provided or by stipend—understand your benefits and get started with your new assignment.
- Ask questions during your interview. Your interview is the time when you can find out anything and everything you need to know to make a final decision about your upcoming travel nursing assignment. Is it right for you? Ask about the shift, nurse-to-patient ratio, patient population, charting system, overtime policy, number of beds, etc.—everything that will help you make the best decision.
- Stay organized. Just like any sort of travel, you’ll be away from home with important nursing documents, identification, credit cards, etc. As you set up your new, temporary home, you’ll want to be organized and keep all important information in a folder or something you won’t misplace. All valuables, such as your laptop, phone, iPod, etc. should be secure and easy to transport. All boxes should be clearly labeled so it’s easy for you to find things when it’s time to unpack.
- Buddy up with other travelers. If other travel nurses are on assignment in the facility, introduce yourself. They may also feel like the “new kid” and be able to help you get used to your surroundings—both inside and outside work. And how nice to have someone to get dinner with or see the sights when you’re off the clock?
- Download a travel app. Smartphones provide a world of information at your fingertips and can be a great help when it’s time to navigate your new city. Apps such as Citymapper or Moovit can help you get around, while Field Trip, Localeur or Yelp will give you tips for things to see and do while you’re in town.
Are you ready?
A travel nursing career is one of the best ways to maximize your nursing career experience and build your resume. If you’re wondering how to become a travel nurse, apply for a travel nursing job opportunity with MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We’re the best travel nursing agency to work for. To learn more and discover all the ways a travel nursing career can help you expand your nursing career, contact the experienced healthcare staffing professionals at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. Apply today or give us a call at 1-800-886-8108 to learn more!