Travel Nurse Tips

Headed to a Wintry State on Your Next Assignment? Get Ready for the Cold.

Headed to a Wintry State on Your Next Assignment? Get Ready for the Cold.

Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

If you’ve never spent the winter in a state known for harsh conditions, winter can be downright dangerous. Travel nurses headed to cold, wintry climates for the first time need to pack more than a parka. Know what to expect if you’re taking on an assignment in Minnesota, Wisconsin, upstate New York, or anywhere else with a reputation for unforgiving winter weather.
Travel Light Without Sacrificing Creature Comforts

Travel Light Without Sacrificing Creature Comforts

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

The art of packing is one every travel nurse must master. Packing efficiently lets you take more of your life with you from one assignment to the next. With a few simple tips, and a new philosophy or two, you can transform the way you think about packing.
6 Reasons to Take a Break Between Travel Nursing Assignments

6 Reasons to Take a Break Between Travel Nursing Assignments

Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

Travel nurses sometimes feel guilt when they decide to take time off between assignments. Don’t! Hanging up your scrubs for a couple of weeks is a great way to recuperate and get yourself ready for whatever your career has in store next. Taking time between assignments also gives you a chance to catch up with loved ones, organize your life, and attend to things you might’ve neglected while you were busy at your last assignment. Here’s a look at why many nurses choose to buffer time between assignments.
5 Tips for Reducing Housing Costs on Your Next Assignment

5 Tips for Reducing Housing Costs on Your Next Assignment

Posted on Thursday, August 05, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

Opting for the travel nursing housing stipend is a great way to maintain control over where and how you’ll live when you’re on assignment. Follow these tips to keep costs low and enjoy the space you call home while on assignment.
7 Important Considerations in Every Travel Nursing Contract

7 Important Considerations in Every Travel Nursing Contract

Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

The concept of a “contract” can be a little intimidating, but that shouldn’t stop you from understanding what they are and how they work. For travel nurses, this is especially important, since every assignment you’ll take on comes with a contract attached to it. It’s important to get familiar with travel nursing contracts, and to understand the important facets that govern them. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be when you sign one for your next assignment.
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.
Cost of Living Across the U.S.: What to Expect in Your Search for Travel Nurse Housing

Cost of Living Across the U.S.: What to Expect in Your Search for Travel Nurse Housing

Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

Where you take your next assignment plays a big part in how much you’ll earn — and how much you’ll spend. The cost of living varies widely across the United States, and it’s important for travel nurses to keep this in mind when accepting assignments in different cities and states. How does cost of living affect the value of a travel nursing contract?
Tips for Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule as a Travel Nurse

Tips for Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

Having trouble keeping your eyes open for your shifts? Struggling to fall asleep once you’re finally in bed? Feel like you never get enough rest? Sleep is fickle and can be even more difficult if you’re constantly adjusting your sleep patterns. Travel nurses should be mindful of their sleep cycle and take steps to promote healthy habits — despite assignment changes, unpredictable shifts, and off hours.
The Pros and Cons of an RV Lifestyle for Travel Nurses

The Pros and Cons of an RV Lifestyle for Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

One of the biggest hurdles for travel nurses is moving into and out of a new apartment or home every 13 weeks. Some nurses find it too cumbersome, so they just take their housing with them to each new assignment! We’re talking about RV living and how well it lends itself to the travel nursing life. If you’re planning on hitching up a fifth wheel or parking an RV for your next assignment, here’s what you need to know.
5 Ways to Overcome Travel Anxiety and Pursue Your Travel Nursing Dream

5 Ways to Overcome Travel Anxiety and Pursue Your Travel Nursing Dream

Posted on Thursday, July 08, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

The transition from nursing to travel nursing can be an abrupt one for nurses who feel anchored to their routine. Many nurses dream of getting out there and traveling but are held back by travel anxiety. If you could just get past your anxiety, you know you’d flourish in the field! Here’s a look at some tried-and-true methods for addressing travel anxiety and what it means to develop new routines that last 13 weeks at a time.
Travel Nursing Terminology: How to Speak the Language

Travel Nursing Terminology: How to Speak the Language

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

Diving into the world of travel nursing means getting familiar with a slew of terms and phrases you might not otherwise know. And while it can feel like learning a second language, you’ll quickly get familiar with terms like “tax home” and “per diem.” Here’s a robust glossary for you to reference any time you find yourself up against unfamiliar terms or phrases in the world of travel nursing. Be sure to bookmark and reference it!
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.
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