What Travel Nurses Wish They’d Known Before Taking Their First Assignments
At Travel Nurse Across America, we have some of the most experienced recruiters in the industry ready to help our nurses find the assignments of their dreams and answer any questions they may have. This is especially helpful when it comes to first-time travel nurses, who may feel uneasy about leaving their “normal” lives behind and heading out on the road. We asked some of our most seasoned recruiters what topics they discuss most often with new travelers, and here’s what they had to say.
1. Don’t be afraid to travel far from home.
Many nurses are hesitant to travel a long distance from their home city or state for their first assignment, not wanting to leave everything that’s familiar to them. Our recruiters advise nurses to be flexible, especially for their first assignments. Many hospitals require previous travel nursing experience, so getting your foot in the door on that first assignment is key, and it’s important to be open to this part of the process if you want travel nursing to become a career.
2. Don’t sweat finding a place to live.
Many nurses fear leaving the comfort and security of their homes. Can you blame them? Finding short-term housing in a totally new city is a pretty scary idea. But when you travel with TNAA, we have you covered at every step of the housing process. We offer several convenient options, including our Easy Stay program, which offers you the full monetary benefit of your housing subsidy, plus fully vetted housing options and all the advice you need from our housing experts.
3. If you don’t like the hospital or location, it’s temporary.
So maybe something isn’t perfect about the hospital where you’re working or the city where you’re living. While this can take some of the fun out of a travel assignment, look on the bright side! You’ll be out of there in a matter of weeks and you don’t have to go back. That’s a great benefit of travel nursing – you’re a temporary employee, so if there’s something you don’t like, it’s only for a short time!
4. You won’t be the only traveler in your area.
Many nurses worry about being lonely on the road. After all, it’s a big step to leave your friends and family at home and head out on the road by yourself. But you can relax knowing you won’t be the only traveler at your facility or in your area. There will be plenty of other people in the same situation who have the same excitement and fears about their assignment, and are anxious to make new friends. Not sure where to start? Ask your recruiter for leads on other travelers in the area, or check out Facebook groups like The Gypsy Nurse Network or Travelers and Recruiters Unite.
5. You will be able to make a career out of travel nursing and stay working consistently.
No need to worry about being without a job, income or insurance! When you travel with TNAA, we plan for the life of your career from the beginning. Our experienced recruiters will help guide you through each assignment, making sure you get the necessary experience to get to the next level. We start preparing for your next assignment halfway through the current one. At that point, we’ll begin getting new licenses, setting up job alerts for when that perfect job becomes available, and even submitting to new jobs before the current one is finished.
Becoming a travel nurse is a big change from being a staff nurse. Every first-time travelers has a lot of questions and maybe a few fears, but after jumping into that first assignment, most realize there was nothing but adventure waiting for them.
Ready to start your travel nursing adventure? Apply with us today.