05 Jul Tips for a first time travel nurse.
Travel nursing can be a scary experience, especially if it’s your first time. You may be moving thousands of miles from home, in a new city, and surrounded by strangers. But like most things in life, travel nursing gets easier over time. Here at EmPower we want you to get the most out of every travel experience. Here are some tips for all you new travel nurses out there:
- Pack smart/light: More often than not travel nursing requires you to move to a new place. Whether it involves driving across states or flying across the country, you have to figure out how to move all of your stuff. When it comes to packing, pack smart and pack light! Take time to evaluate everything you are bringing and assess whether or not you truly need it. The less stuff you have to pack, the less stressful moving all of it will be.
- Stay in touch with your recruiter frequently: When questions arise don’t hesitate to reach out to your recruiter. Whether it is good or bad news, they want to know about it. Check in with your recruiter every few weeks to give them an update on how things are going. Clear communication helps gauge your level of interest with the position, hospital, and location.
- Think about your next assignment: Before you know it your first travel assignment will be coming to an end…and then what? This is why keeping in touch with your recruiter is so important. If you fell in love with your position, then your recruiter can try to extend your placement. If you are ready for a new assignment, it is important to think about what you liked and disliked about your previous one. Whatever you decide to do next, make sure you don’t wait until the end of your travel assignment to tell your recruiter.
- Pretend your temporary job is a permanent one: While it is important to think about the future, don’t forget to live in the moment. Make connections with others, complete your best work, and explore your new city. When you view your job as temporary it can be difficult to put forth your best effort. Work as if this is your permanent job and you’ll be sure to get the most out of your experience.
- Connect with other travel nurses: Travel nursing is an incredibly unique niche, one that many people may not understand. Being a part of travel nursing groups on Facebook allows you to connect with people who can understand exactly what you are going through. These groups provide a community of likeminded individuals who are always there when you need them.
When it really comes down to it, travel nursing is an incredible experience. It allows you to travel to new places, meet new people, all while saving people’s lives. We are so grateful we get to work with such caring and passionate nurses placed all over the country. Although it may be stressful at first, we know travel nursing will be a decision you WON’T regret!