As healthcare staffing demands have dramatically increased in recent years, many nursing professionals have opted to take their careers on the road and pursue travel nursing assignments. If you’re new to travel nursing, you may be feeling nervous or overwhelmed with making this transition. Fortunately, with the right planning, you’ll be well on your way to a successful travel nursing career. If you’re considering relocating for an assignment, here are some tips for a great new beginning:
Consider your goals.
Before embarking on your first travel job, it’s important to consider your career goals and what you’re hoping to get out of travel nursing. For example, which types of healthcare facilities interest you? Where would you like to travel? What are your scheduling preferences for assignments? By working with a staffing agency, you can find assignments that are in alignment with your goals and aspirations for travel nursing. From desired locations to the types of healthcare settings, goal setting is the first step to launching a successful and rewarding travel nursing career.
Research your new location.
Before you make the move, take some time to research your new work location and the surrounding area. Getting a sense of the community and what it has to offer will put you more at ease as you prepare for your move and get ready for your new living space. From grocery stores and restaurants to gyms and banks, doing some preliminary research can help you plan ahead to know what to expect and feel more comfortable with your move.
Grow your network.
One of the most appealing aspects of travel nursing is the opportunity to meet and work with healthcare professionals at various healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. During travel assignments, you can proactively grow your network by seeking helpful advice and guidance from seasoned healthcare professionals during jobs, as well as establishing connections with other travel nurses in the area. In many cases, you can build relationships with others who may become mentors or referral sources for future job opportunities.
As you gear up for travel nursing, following the tips above will help you feel more comfortable and confident relocating for work.