Travel Nurse Tips

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.

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

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

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

You’re headed off on a new travel nursing assignment. But have you done your research ahead of living in a new city or starting at a new facility? A little preparation goes a long way in making sure your next travel nursing assignment is an enjoyable one. Here’s everything you need to know about prepping for a new destination.
The House Back Home: Protecting Your Property While You’re on Assignment

The House Back Home: Protecting Your Property While You’re on Assignment

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

You’ve got a lot to do before you leave for your assignment. One of the most important things on your list is making sure your house is properly protected while you’re gone. This doesn’t just mean checking the locks — it means making sure your home appears lived-in and checked up on while you’re away. It’s the best way to prevent burglaries, vandalism, and trespassers in your absence.
Check the Fine Print of Your Housing Agreement for Pet Clauses

Check the Fine Print of Your Housing Agreement for Pet Clauses

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

For many apartment complexes, pets are a deal-breaker. Landlords just don’t want the hassle or potential risk of pets on-site. It can be a crushing realization if you had planned on moving in, only to have forgotten to consider your dog or cat. Avoid this heartbreak by making pet-friendly living a prime criteria of your search for housing while on assignment.
The Pros and Cons of Bringing a Pet on Your Travel Nursing Assignment

The Pros and Cons of Bringing a Pet on Your Travel Nursing Assignment

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

The thought of leaving behind a cat, dog, ferret, hamster, or other beloved pet while you’re on assignment is heartbreaking. Luckily, you don’t have to! Just keep in mind the benefits and challenges of relocating with a pet before you make any decisions about whether or not to bring them along.
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!
How Can I Get the Same Assignment as a Friend?

How Can I Get the Same Assignment as a Friend?

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

Going on assignment with a friend has a lot of advantages. If there’s demand for more than one travel nurse, it’s a great way to end up at a facility with at least one friendly face. But make sure you’re both equally invested. The last thing you want is to end up clashing with your friend! Here’s how to make the most of an assignment with another person.

Making the Most of Your Assignment Destination: Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Making the Most of Your Assignment Destination: Be a Tourist in Your Own City

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

Travel nursing takes you to places you may never have thought to visit. It’s an opportunity to explore and discover new experiences. You might be there for work, but your days off are your own. Make them count! Get out there and be a tourist in your own city. You’re bound to enjoy your assignment even more and collect memories you’ll have forever.
5 Things You Didn’t Think of Before Bringing Your Pet on Assignment

5 Things You Didn’t Think of Before Bringing Your Pet on Assignment

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

When you take your pet on assignment, you’re not the only one being thrust into a new lifestyle and schedule! While you’re adjusting, take steps to make sure your pet adjusts well too. There are a lot of factors to consider in helping them get established. Here are a few things you can do to make their life less stressful, so they can settle in right alongside you.
5 Important Questions About Being a Travel Nurse You Forgot to Ask — and Their Answers!

5 Important Questions About Being a Travel Nurse You Forgot to Ask — and Their Answers!

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

Becoming a travel nurse is an exciting career change, but it comes with a lot of unknowns. There are a lot of variables you probably aren’t thinking about as you embark on this new experience. Relax — we’re here to answer the questions you didn’t even think to ask and get you the information you need to enjoy every minute of your adventure.
Making Long-Distance Relationships Work as a Travel Nurse

Making Long-Distance Relationships Work as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in Travel Nurse Tips

Your romantic or familial relationships don’t have to suffer when you take a travel nursing assignment. Sure, maintaining these relationships will require extra effort while there’s distance between you — but there are also plenty of opportunities to grow, both individually and together.
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