If you’re considering travel nursing but not quite sure what the entire process entails, we thought it might be a good idea to put together a quick beginner’s guide to help. This is not an all-inclusive guide, but just a taste to better understand what to expect, what is expected of you, and what some of the basic steps are. Here are 4 quick tips to help you get started.
Be prepared ahead of time.
If you think travel nursing is for you, take some time to research everything about it. Talk to others who have done travel nursing to get a feel for what it entails and whether or not it would be a good fit for you. Conduct your research, try to determine what areas of travel nursing you want to explore, and talk to several staffing agencies to get an idea of what to expect.
Be open to new opportunities.
Travel nursing is all about flexibility. While you might know what it is you want to do with your time and energy, an agency may have an opportunity that is just outside of your box. If you’re willing to try new things, you will have a better selection of assignments. Don’t worry, your recruiter won’t place you where you’re in over their head. They want you to succeed.
Review all the details with your recruiter.
When you’re ready to accept an assignment, don’t be afraid to go over the details with your recruiter. Don’t just assume something will be made clear or that you can figure it out. Come into the assignment as prepared as possible by making sure you understand every aspect of the job, your housing, and all the little details.
Arrive with plenty of time.
Sure, you don’t want to be late on your first day, but this goes beyond that. Arriving in town the night before your assignment begins may not be the best way to get started with a travel nursing position. Since you will need to establish your housing and get to know a new city, try to arrive ahead of time to give yourself the opportunity to get settled.
Are you looking to start your travel nursing career? Contact the experts at Fortus Healthcare Solutions.