Prepping for a New Destination: Getting Ready for Your Next Assignment

Written by Rose Torrento on Thursday, June 20, 2019 Posted in Travel Nurse Tips

It’s always best to start off a new experience on the right foot. For new travel nurses, this starts before you even leave for assignment. Preparing for your new destination puts you in the right headspace before you arrive and get to work.

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But what exactly does it mean to prepare for an assignment? How can you make sure you’re starting off on the best foot possible? It’s easier than you think.

Get to know your city before you travel

One of the best things you can do before you head off on your new assignment is do some basic research about your destination. You don’t want to go in blind to what the city is like, what expenses you’ll face, or how you can expect to get to and from work.

A few important things to look up include the climate (so you know how to pack), what your neighborhood is like and what there is to do there, and what the cost of living will be in your new area. These things may be different from what you’re used to, so don’t assume you’ll be prepared without research.

Additionally, make sure you look up the facility you’ll be working at to get to know a little more about it and what it offers, as well as how far your home is from the facility so you can plan for transportation time and costs. Doing facility research will help you get a better feel for what the workplace environment is like.

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Put a plan into action

After researching, you can start using that information to really get yourself ready to leave. If you know your destination’s climate differs from your own, you may need to go shopping for some new clothing, like a warmer jacket or more shorts and tank tops. Start packing or making packing lists that include not only clothes but also other necessities. Remember, though — 13 weeks isn’t that long, so you don’t need to bring everything in your closet!

If you’re shocked to discover that the cost of living is much higher in your assignment location, you’ll want to build a detailed budget that factors in the different costs you can expect. This helps ensure you’ll be making enough to maintain your standard of living.

Also make a plan for other things you may feel are important regarding your assignment. If you don’t plan to drive to work, buy a pass for public transportation and make sure you know which route will get you to and from work on time. If your car will need snow tires, buy those before you go.

Mental preparation is important

Not only do you need to physically prepare for a new assignment, but you’ll also want to do some mental preparation. Getting into the right mindset for entering a new facility and adjusting your workflow will prepare you for your first day.

Stay optimistic, go into your assignment with lots of questions, and be ready to learn. Research as much as you can about the facility ahead of time, but make sure to go in with an open mind and a flexible attitude. Remember: You’ve got this!

Getting ready for your next assignment? Health Providers Choice can help you make the transition as smooth as possible. Talk to your recruiter today about any concerns you have, and we’ll make sure they’re addressed before you leave for your assignment. Contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.