Travel Nursing Information and Tips for Those Moving to a New Town
Moving to a new town can be both scary and exciting. If you have never been to this town, you may not know anything about it. What is the local culture? Where are the best places to eat? Are there any sections of town considered too dangerous to visit? What are the local laws? If you are a travel nurse, these may be questions you need to ask every few months. If you are using a recruiter, this is all part of the travel nursing information you will be provided, but it is important to also do some independent research. Here are 7 tips for you to follow to make sure you have all of the necessary travel nursing information before moving to a new town.
Purchase or download a map
This may sound “old school” but studying a physical map can be more fruitful than relying on the map on your cell phone. We do not recommend carrying the map with you and pulling it out on the sidewalk. The map can be posted to the wall of your apartment/rental home/hotel room and used as reference before leaving the house. You can download the map from the local town website or even Google. The local city hall or visitor center may provide them for free or you can purchase the map at a gas station or rest stop. With a physical map you can stick pins in to points of interest and get a general view of the area without having to rely on your phone. You may also use the map feature on your phone for turn-by-turn directions while you are driving, but make sure it is always being used hands-free.
Check the crime stats
Whether you will be working in a big city or a small rural town, there will undoubtedly be some type of crime. You do not need to be scared or paranoid about what you might encounter, but it is smart to be informed and aware of your surroundings. Check the local police or sheriff’s office website for specific crime stats or areas of town to avoid, especially after dark. You can also comb through the local news websites for recent crime related stories and specific tips to follow. You can also research if any registered sex offenders live around you. It is also important to speak to the locals after you arrive to confirm whether or not these stories are true and if they have any other tips to add.
Research the culture
You may be a northerner moving to a southern town or vice versa. While we all live in the same country, a new town may feel like a whole new world. As you will now become a member of the community, if only for a few months, it is important to respect the local culture. Culture can include religion, dialect, art, food, history, and more. The best way to learn about the culture is to be immersed in person, but it does not hurt to get a head start through some online research.
Scour Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc.
The best recommendations will come from the locals. Before you have that opportunity, we recommend checking out the best places to eat, drink, and be merry via sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor. You can also search for the best places to eat on the local newspaper or magazine websites. You will have so much to do when you first arrive in town so it will be helpful to have mapped out a few places to grab a great bite to eat.
Follow the local news on social media
It is important to stay “in the know” in whatever town you are living in. The best way to do this is to follow the local TV station, newspaper, magazine, blog, and more on either Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Here is where you will find the most hyperlocal updates on the weather, crime, events, initiatives, elections, etc. This will help you stay informed as well as be able to have a conversation on local current events with your new co-workers.
Learn about any unique laws
Before you find yourself in the beer section of a grocery store on a Sunday in a small town, it is recommended to research the local laws. Many cities and states do not allow alcohol sales on Sundays or any other day of the week. Many municipalities have also outlawed holding your phone while driving. Does your new town heavily enforce jaywalking? Will you most likely be towed or ticketed by parking too long in a certain area? When researching local laws, make sure to also research the enforcement.
Learn the best ways to get around town
Is parking in town an issue? Will it take 45 minutes by car, but only 15 minutes by bike to get to work? Is there a safe and efficient form of public transportation? Does Uber or Lyft function in town? Researching these transportation factors before you move to your new town is key to making sure you will arrive to work on time on day one. Knowing there will be nowhere to park may also be the reason you decide to purchase a new bike. This is especially important if you will only be working in this town for a few months and decide not to take your personal vehicle with you. You may be reimbursed for transportation, but it is important to know the best ways to get around town before you find yourself stuck in traffic.
We’re here to help!
If you’re ready to get out there and explore, give MedPro Healthcare Staffing a call today! We’re among the best healthcare companies in the country, and we’ll help you find travel nursing jobs that suit your career as well as your life goals. We will also provide the best travel nursing information to make sure you are prepared on day one. Our goal is for you to have a stress-free experience that you find personally and professionally rewarding. To learn more and access top travel nursing jobs, contact our experienced recruiters today! Call us today at 1-800-866-8108 or apply on our website.