Things To Consider On Your First Day As a Travel Nurse
It is not for the faint of heart to work as a traveler. On your first day as a travel nurse, you must be prepared to hit the ground running. You may have numerous first days in a year because you may be changing jobs every 13 weeks, yet you may be able to extend a travel contract. We provide advice on how to make the most of your new experience.
- Arrive refreshed.
Arrive at your new house early to provide time to settle in, including a good night’s sleep. You’ll be more prepared for your shift as a result. Stretch your muscles, go on a walk or run through your new area, and eat a nutritious dinner to stay in top shape.
- Don’t be late.
Prior to your first shift, our experts advocate completing a dry-run commute so you know precisely where you are heading. Whether you do this or depart with enough time to account for traffic and getting lost (it happens to the best of us! ), make sure you arrive on time. It not only reflects on you as a professional, but it also reflects on us.
- Bring important documents with you.
Even though you submitted documents online, the institution may want extra evidence from you, such as licenses and certificates, as well as driver’s licenses. Keep everything with you, at least on your first day as a travel nurse, so you’re ready for anything that comes your way.
- Don’t bring up your wages.
You are an expert. There’s no need to discuss your pay or ask coworkers how much they make. That information is private and should be kept between you, your agency, and your on-site manager. Instead, discuss your experiences as a travel nurse. Who knows, they could be interested in traveling and you might receive a referral fee!
- Make new acquaintances and network.
Rather than differentiating previous jobs or highlighting flaws, concentrate on your own skill development, network with other travelers or staff nurses, and create new acquaintances. Organize a get-together. Invite a coworker to go hiking or accept a staff offer to attend a function. You never know where the experience will take you, but you will make friends from all over the country!
- Be willing to learn.
Every institution has its own set of policies, processes, and culture. Be receptive to learning not only about hospital protocols but also about how nurses engage with patients depending on their needs and expectations. There’s always something new to learn as a travel nurse, whether you’ve been doing it for a while or are just starting started.
We hope that you found this post helpful as you prepare to take on your next travel nursing adventure. Remember, we are here for you every step of the way! Join our Total Nurses Network family now and let us help make your transition a smooth one.