Six Travel Nurse Confessions: What I Wish I Knew Before My First Assignment

Welcome to the wonderful world of travel nursing! Your career is about to take an exciting turn as you experience the freedom and advantages of this rewarding career. As you build your travel RN experience, it helps to learn from those travel nurses who have forged the path ahead of you. Here’s what you need to know to get the most from each travel nurse assignment.

You can hit the ground running with these six tips for new travel RNs:

  • Questions are the best way to understand an assignment. Before you choose each 13-week travel nurse placement, it’s important to ask plenty of questions. Learn about each region before you go, and ask about contract terms associated with the assignment, housing availability, transportation, possibility for an assignment extension, etc. The more you ask, the more you’ll know if a placement is the right one for you!
  • Choose an assignment where a friend or loved one lives. Of course, this isn’t a requirement. But since travel nursing allows you to go wherever you’d like, you can make the most of your free time by traveling to a region where you can visit a friend or loved one you don’t often get to see. You can take time to catch up even more by staying with that person during your travel nurse assignment.
  • Your recruiter is always there for help. If you have questions or need help during your travel nurse placement, you’re never on your own! You can always contact your recruiter for questions about housing, licensure, taxes, your facility, and much more.
  • A “go-bag” can save you time on packing. Getting ready to embark on each travel nurse assignment takes planning. But you can save valuable time by keeping a bag of common items ready to go whenever you are! You might choose to pre-pack travel size toiletries, copies of your important paperwork, your uniforms washed and ready to go, work shoes and workout clothes.
  • Make the most of your free time. When you’re off the clock during your placements, the world is yours to explore! Don’t be afraid to get out and experience the sights and sounds of your temporary home. You can check with your co-workers for popular places to go, download a travel app or do a simple Google search of fun attractions.
  • Your attitude makes all the difference. It can be tough being the “new kid” every 13 weeks, but staying positive is key! As you begin every new travel nurse placement, keep a smile on your face and your chin up. You have good things in store for you as you meet new people and patients, and gain valuable new job experience.

Looking for your next travel nurse job?

If you’re wondering how to find a travel nurse job, it’s a snap when you work with a travel RN recruiter like MedPro Healthcare Staffing. The experts at MedPro will help you find placements in the best cities for travel nurses. And because we want each assignment to be your best yet, we offer the MedPro Experience program—providing you with travel nurse tips, support and even gifts while you’re on the road. To learn more and begin your travel nurse career, contact us today at 1-800-866-8108, or apply below.


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