With Your Travel Nursing Agency – Part 2
If you’ve gotten your 1st assignment with your travel nursing agency hopefully, you’ve read our last blog post “Preparing for your Travel Nursing Jobs – Part 1” and you’re excited about your upcoming opportunity! Time to start planning for your big adventure courtesy of your travel nursing agency. If you’re already planning your adventure, your travel nursing agency has given you a list of requirements and set the plan in motion for your assignment and housing. Here are our tips for getting ready for your first assignment with your travel nursing agency.
The number one thing to do to prepare for your travel nursing assignment is to get organized! It’s important to stay in contact with your travel nursing agency to know what is required and when. Make a list of what you need to do and when you need to do it. Make a list of things you use in your daily life that you’ll want to bring along. Make a shopping list of things you’ll need to survive the first few days in your new accommodations. Key takeaway here: MAKE LOTS OF LISTS!
Get Your Affairs In Order
This goes for both your personal documents/identification/certifications etc. or any other job-related documents you may need for your assignment. This will be communicated to you by your travel nursing agency. Once you’ve accepted your assignment, your agency will let you know what documents/testing will be required and it’s advisable to stay on top of getting these things in order…time flies when you’re preparing to travel! It’s a great idea to have a travel binder in which to carry all of your required documents.
If you’re maintaining your permanent residence, you’ll need to get your affairs in order back home too. Of course you’ll need to have a plan if you have pets that you will be traveling with or leaving behind. In addition to that, you’ll need to arrange to stop your mail and or newspaper, water your plants, take care of lawn maintenance in the summer, and freeze prevention in the winter.
I am a foodie, so I would be thrilled to take a gastronomic adventure and eat out every chance I got in a new city, but not even the most generous per diem will allow for that! If you like to cook at home, you’ll need to assess your needs in the kitchen to make sure you’re able to function as normally as possible. Do you find you can’t live without your Vitamix, crockpot, or garlic press? It’s a good idea to think of the kitchen items you use on a daily basis so you can plan to pack them.
Wardrobe Wants vs. Essentials
Of course, your uniform needs will be dictated by your facility, but take enough uniforms and shoes to get you through your shifts and week comfortably. For days off, pack wardrobe basics that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. Leggings, tunics, light sweaters and other basics that can be layered can be great for seasonal changes and unpredictable climates. If you like to exercise, bring exercise clothing along and bring packable things like workout DVDs and exercise bands to help you keep your fitness routing going.
Of course, you’ll need to bring along your computer, radio, TV (unless those are provided) and any other entertainment items you require…AND their chargers/plugs. Again, unless provided by your travel nursing agency, you’ll need all the household items as well, including mop or swiffer, broom or vacuum, iron, sheets, linens, dishes, utensils, cookware etc. It’s wise to bring along all of your first aid, personal care and prescription items as well, unless you plan to have a big shopping bill on day one.
Hopefully, these ideas will help you as you prepare for your first assignment with your travel nursing agency. If you’re still entertaining the idea of travel nursing and need a great travel nursing agency with the best pay and excellent benefits, APPLY NOW!