Get Organized and Prepare for each Step in the Process: Make sure you have an updated nursing license, health information and immunization records. You’ll need an updated resume that highlights your nursing skills and includes a list of references and current telephone numbers.
Flexibility: is a huge plus when it comes down to signing contracts! Travel contracts range anywhere from 4 weeks to 52 weeks. The average contract is 13 weeks. Work 13 weeks, take a month off…Or not. That’s the beauty of this job- You really do have the freedom to decide when and where you work.
Verify Pay Rates and other Details with your Recruiter: It’s okay to ask a lot of questions; in fact, a good recruiter would prefer that you do.
Packing is undoubtedly the biggest part of preparing to embark on a travel assignment. Although you probably haven’t forgotten your favorite must-have items and necessities, it is easy to leave behind house wares and other essential items that you may not think to pack at first.
Get out the Map or GPS: If you are driving to your travel assignment, It’s always a good idea to figure out mileage and routes ahead of time! Also, check out weather patterns online, population statistics, and even city events you may like to take time off for. Once you arrive at your location, take one trip to and from work in the daylight during the heavy traffic times so you have an idea of the traffic patterns.
Arrive Early for your Travel Assignment and Finish Preparations: Instead of showing up the day before your start date, plan to arrive with enough of time to “get the lay of the land,” settle in your apartment, and figure out your commute and other details before your first shift.
Travel Nurse/Tech’s do not Live out of a Suitcase: The average MedSource travel assignment lasts about 13 weeks. The traveler may have the choice between housing provided by the host or pay for housing using a stipend.
Accept Travel Assignments with an Open Mind, and be ready to show your skills: Focus on your work and your work only & show them your above-average skill set!
Take Lots of Photos: You may only see these places & meet these people once in your lifetime. Remember them forever with plenty of photos!
Try New Kinds of Food: It doesn’t matter if it’s something as simple as a sandwich, food almost always tastes different when you’re in a new city or country. To really experience a new place, you have to use all your senses – sight, smell, feel, hearing and taste. Eating the local cuisine is the only way to connect to the local culture through taste. A great way to get an idea about the best places to eat in a new place is to go where the locals go.