Travel Nurse Tips

Make Time for Family and Friends While on Assignment

Make Time for Family and Friends While on Assignment

Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

Life can seem like a whirlwind while you’re getting settled into an assignment. Then, before you know it, you’re on to the next one. Though life as a travel nurse can be fast-paced, it’s important to make time for friends and family back home, or wherever they are in the United States. Travel nursing can turn you into a bit of a nomad, but that doesn’t mean you need to leave behind personal connections. Instead, find new, meaningful ways to spend time and connect with the most important people in your life.
Nursing Podcasts to Keep You Company While You Travel

Nursing Podcasts to Keep You Company While You Travel

Posted on Monday, April 05, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

You might not always have time to binge-watch a TV show, and your schedule may not always permit live events. Many nurses have turned to podcasts as the next best thing for entertainment. Healthcare podcasts are booming in 2021, and no one benefits more from this content than travel nurses! Here’s a look at a few of the best nursing podcasts to plug into this year and take with you wherever you travel on assignment.
8 Tips for First-Time Travel Nurses

8 Tips for First-Time Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

Thinking about becoming a travel nurse this year? It’s a great career track and one that can open many doors. As with any new adventure, the first step is the hardest. Here are a few tips to help get you ready for your first assignment.
Here’s Why Every Travel Nurse Needs an Emergency Fund

Here’s Why Every Travel Nurse Needs an Emergency Fund

Posted on Thursday, October 08, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

It’s amazing how much anxiety is lifted when you don’t have to worry about where your next paycheck is coming from. Even better is having an emergency fund you can rely on for unexpected struggles. For travel nurses especially, it’s important to have an emergency fund to support you between assignments and in the event of an early termination. Here’s what you need to know about building an emergency fund the right way.
10 Apps That Belong on Every Travel Nurse’s Smartphone

10 Apps That Belong on Every Travel Nurse’s Smartphone

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

There are tens of thousands of apps out there, each promising a different benefit for users. Your phone is probably full of them already! But which ones are most important to you as a travel nurse? Here’s a look at 10 apps that make life as a travel nurse easier, by helping you keep a clear head and keen focus while you’re on assignment.
8 Reasons Every Travel Nurse Needs to Keep an Experience Journal

8 Reasons Every Travel Nurse Needs to Keep an Experience Journal

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Are you keeping a daily journal? For travel nurses, it’s one of the healthiest hobbies you can have, and it’s a simple way to keep yourself sharp and content while on assignment. If you’re not sure how to get started, what to write about, or how to journal at all, don’t worry. We’ve outlined the key information you need to get started and make this a regular part of your life.
Be Aware of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Ways to Fight it on Assignment

Be Aware of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Ways to Fight it on Assignment

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and nurses certainly aren’t immune. In fact, travel nurses may be prone to developing symptoms of SAD especially during the winter months. This condition can affect your quality of life in a major way, so it’s important to keep an eye out for the signs and do everything in your power to overcome them.
Travel Nurses Need a Vacation, Too!

Travel Nurses Need a Vacation, Too!

Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

With all the excitement of taking a new assignment, your brain might trick you into thinking you’re on a vacation. While there’s plenty of new things to do and see, your primary objective is to work. That means you still need to think seriously about taking a vacation at some point, for the sake of your mental and emotional health. Don’t let your travel assignment trick you out of planning your next getaway.
Inclement Weather Bears Getting Used to for Travel Nurses

Inclement Weather Bears Getting Used to for Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, December 05, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

Bitter winters, torrential rains, and destructive winds are just some of the inclement weather variables different parts of the country face seasonally. If you’re a travel nurse headed to a new assignment in an unfamiliar part of the country, get familiar with the climate before you go.
Should You Take a Contract Extension?

Should You Take a Contract Extension?

Posted on Thursday, November 07, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

Should you stay or should you go? Sometimes, you might be asked to stay at a facility beyond the original end-of-contract date. Whether or not you do is up to you. Make sure you review the pros and cons of staying before you make your decision. And when you do, make it with confidence!
Should Travel Nurses Own or Lease a Car ... or Even Have One at All?

Should Travel Nurses Own or Lease a Car ... or Even Have One at All?

Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

Does a travel nurse need a vehicle? It’s a good question to ask, and it raises even more questions surrounding the advantages of buying vs. leasing. Every travel nurse will need to make the decision for themselves, since every situation is different. There are pros and cons to owning vs. leasing, or even having a vehicle at all. Consider them all before you make a decision, and have confidence that it’s the right decision for your situation.
Virtual Travel Nurse Communities Provide Support, Insight, and Opportunities for New Nurses

Virtual Travel Nurse Communities Provide Support, Insight, and Opportunities for New Nurses

Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

With the constant cycle of assignments that a full-time travel nurse takes on during the year, it can be difficult to form lasting friendships that transcend distance and scheduling. Yet, no nurse should feel alone. There are dozens of active travel nursing groups online, dedicated to bringing people together under a common, shared experience. If you’re feeling isolated and alone, consider joining one or more of these groups to make a few digital friends. Who knows — you might end up working alongside them one day!
Sage Advice From Seasoned Travel Nurses

Sage Advice From Seasoned Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

It can take a few contracts to get acclimated to travel nursing, but after a while you’ll develop your own ways and means. In fact, some of the best help you can get is from other travel nurses who have been in the field for years. A little bit of advice can go a long way, and can give you the confidence you need to embrace this special profession. Let’s take a look at some sage advice for new travel nurses, offered by those who have taken on more than a few contracts over the years.
What Travel Nurses Need to Know About Tax Homes

What Travel Nurses Need to Know About Tax Homes

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Taxes are complicated and few people look forward to doing them. That feeling of dread only gets worse when you find out that you owe taxes! It’s why many travel nurses hand off their taxes to a professional, and why establishing a tax home is so important. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. In fact, it might just be the easiest way to avoid headaches on your taxes this year and for years to come.
Handling Unfair Stigmas as a Travel Nurse

Handling Unfair Stigmas as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Not all hospital staff members are happy to get help from a travel nurse. They may see travel nurses as an outsider or an annoyance. That doesn’t change your job or your mission as a caregiver, however, but it can create friction for the duration of your assignment. Here’s how to subtly shift the perception of staff who might have preconceived notions about travel nurses, who hold a grudge, or cop an attitude without getting to know you first.
Five Reasons to Take an Assignment in a State You’ve Never Been

Five Reasons to Take an Assignment in a State You’ve Never Been

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Ready for your next travel nursing assignment? Consider going somewhere you’ve never been before this time. There are facilities all around the country that have positions open and need you, so why not visit as many as you can in your travel nursing career? Whether you’re a souvenir collector or just like to immerse yourself in new culture, there’s plenty of opportunity when you make it a point to diversify your destinations.
Milestones for Travel Nurses to Track as Their Career Progresses

Milestones for Travel Nurses to Track as Their Career Progresses

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Setting professional goals and tracking your milestones is a great way to make sure you stay on-track to meet your career goals. For travel nurses, there are many ways to quantify the success and progression of your career — miles traveled, number facilities worked, and states visited, for example. Tracking and monitoring these milestones are important to see your career progression and accomplishments.
Unconventional Housing Options That Might be Just Right

Unconventional Housing Options That Might be Just Right

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

You’re about to spend 13 weeks or more on assignment. Finding a place to live is at the top of the priority list. You can opt for agency housing or take a housing stipend — or you can try one of the more unconventional housing options out there. It all depends on what kinds of accommodations you can find, what they cost, and how open to adventure and uncertainty you are!
8 Places to Identify in Your New Destination After Relocating

8 Places to Identify in Your New Destination After Relocating

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

Moving to a new city can be a strange experience. Everything is vaguely familiar, yet new at the same time. The best way to get your bearings is to get familiar with a few local landmarks – specifically, places you’re likely going to visit at some point. Before you check out local landmarks and hotspots, do yourself a favor and track down these 8 crucial destinations.
Take the Time to Read Your Contract!

Take the Time to Read Your Contract!

Posted on Thursday, August 01, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

The idea of flipping through a contract isn’t the most appealing. But if you’re about to sign on to a travel nursing assignment, you’ll need to read your contract in its entirety. Everything you need to know about your assignment is in there, and it’ll help you set expectations and get prepared for the job ahead of you. Here’s what you need to know about reading your contract.

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