How Can I Get the Same Assignment as a Friend?
Venturing into the many unknowns of a travel nursing assignment can be scary, especially if it’s your first time. But did you know you can travel with a friend? Getting the same assignment is a great way to bring a little familiarity with you to your new place of employment. There’s a lot to love about having a friendly face nearby who is going through the same situation.
It’s easier than you think
Many nurses aren’t aware that it’s totally possible to travel with a friend for a travel nursing assignment. The first step in making this happen is to discuss the possibility with your recruiter, who will work to find assignments for both of you.
If you want to work with your friend, the facility in question will need to have enough demand for two travel nurses. Luckily, this isn’t very hard to find.
Your chances will also be greater if you and your friend are flexible. If you’re only interested in working a specific shift in one particular location, you’ll be significantly narrowing your options. This may make it more difficult for you and your friend to get tandem assignments.
It’s also possible to find travel nursing assignments that are in the same city but not at the same facility. This allows you and your friend to work in your own areas of specialty or strength and have some space, while also being able to potentially live together and have a friend to make the new location feel more like home.
Traveling with friends has many benefits
Going on a travel nursing assignment with a friend can be an amazing experience, especially if this is your first assignment. Having someone you know along for the ride can help you adjust more easily and explore the other benefits of a travel nursing career. If you’re on the fence about starting in travel nursing, going with a friend might be the push you need.
Going with a friend is also useful if you have a fear of traveling or being in a new place by yourself. You’ll have someone you trust there to support you if you’re feeling unsure or homesick and who can make the transition a lot less intimidating.
Additionally, having a friend around can be great for your personal and professional development. Making new friends can be challenging, especially on a nursing schedule. Your friend can be there to motivate and push you, as well as be your support system when you need.
Keep the peace while traveling together
If you want to go on a travel nursing assignment with a friend, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you sign your contract and jet off. Spending a lot of time with one person can be challenging, so you’ll want to work to keep the peace and maintain your strong friendship.
Finding time and space to be independent is one important aspect of this, especially if you’re both living and working together. Develop separate hobbies and spend time apart, as well as together. Also, be open and honest with each other so you can mitigate any conflicts as they arise.
Overall, travel nursing with a friend can be an amazing experience. But remember, communication — with both your friend and your recruiter — is key to creating a successful assignment experience.