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How to Be Ready for Your Travel Assignment at the Drop of a Hat

The good news? Your travel nursing, OT, PT or speech therapy staffing service has a terrific assignment for you.

The “bad” news? You start in the morning.

How can you be ready on such short notice? Read below for some tips.

Since you applied with one or more traveling services, one would hope that you would have started getting ready at about the same time you applied.

For example, you’ve ensured that any credentials and/or licenses are up to date (your recruiter can help make sure you’re licensed/credentialed for the state[s] in which you will work). You’ve also started making arrangements to pack what you’ll need, shut off/turn on power to your home/apartment, and other “moving” tasks.

We’ve found that some of our experienced travelers always keep a bag packed…just in case. At the least, they keep a toiletry kit ready to go and a pile of laundry (scrubs, if you wear them, for example) clean, pressed and ready to throw in a small rolling bag.

They also make sure their cars receive regular maintenance and are ready and able to travel a few hundred miles in short notice.

Speaking of experience, don’t forget to rely on your recruiter. He or she has helped dozens – if not hundreds – of traveling professionals get to their assignments quickly and efficiently. Your recruiter more than likely is a true wealth of information when it comes to pulling up stakes with a minimum of muss and fuss.

If you’re really stuck for time, talk to a trusted friend or family member about making arrangements to send the larger items you absolutely must have (your laptop, your winter coats – if working in Minneapolis in December – cherished home items) and shipping them to you at a later date. This is especially imperative if you’re flying to your destination. You’ll owe your friend/family big time for taking on this rather extensive “chore,” of course. So be sure to buy him dinner or compensate her financially in some small or large-ish way for all this hard work on your behalf.

You’ll want to pack the absolute bare minimum. Don’t forget, your travel staffing service more than likely will be providing you with a furnished apartment, so you won’t have to worry about furniture, plates, utensils, towels, etc. As for toiletries, etc., you’ll certainly be able to buy whatever you need in your assignment’s city/town. If you can it all pack one suitcase, go for it. You’ll probably be amazed about what you can do “without” while on assignment anyway.

Are your bags packed? Are you just itching to travel the country to hospitals, medical clinics and other healthcare facilities where your nursing, OT, PT, and speech therapy skills will be put to excellent use? Then contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing today!