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Secrets first-time travel nurses need to know

Secrets first-time travel nurses need to know


It seems like everyone nowadays is becoming a travel nurse. Understanding why people are attracted to this profession isn’t hard. You enjoy the unique opportunity of traveling the country, not to mention that you get to work in the best facilities. And you get to avoid the day to day politics. If you’re a first-time travel nurse, then chances are that you can’t wait to get going. Before you do, there are some secrets you should know. You don’t know everything there is to know. Fortunately, we do. Please continue reading to discover helpful tips and tricks.

The right travel company isn’t easy to find 

Do you need a travel nursing company? What kind of question is that? Of course, you do. You can’t work by yourself. There are literally hundreds of companies in business, but attention needs to be paid to the fact that not all of them are created equal. However, if you look hard enough, that is, if you’re persistent, it’s impossible not to find a good match. One way of finding a travel nursing company is to do a search on Google. Just google “ travel nursing company” and you’ll be provided millions of results.

When making your choice, it’s important to take into account what other people say. In this respect, you should be browsing forums and reading reviews. There are many aspects to consider when choosing a travel nurse company, such as benefits, extra hour pay, and the ease of onboarding. It’s a good idea to contact several companies. See what these organizations have to offer and make your requirements explicit. The best companies are the ones that take the time to listen to you and who speak their minds. The relationship between the travel nurse and the company is very important, which is the reason why you should value open communication.

Self-storage is the ultimate solution

You’re a traveling professional, which means that you’re not confined to working in a specific location for a long period of time. On the contrary, you work in various hospital settings to help to ease the nursing shortage and move from one location to the other. The point is that you lack a stable residence. The last thing that you want is to have to worry about belongings like documents. But why would you need to worry? The place where you’re moving may not be big enough to accommodate your stuff, as well as your copies, certifications, medical documentation, etc. maybe you’re going to stay in a hotel If you want to have enough space, rent a storage unit. You can find affordable storage units near you, so take advantage of this favorable circumstance.

If you’re busy, busy, busy, then you should definitely rent a storage unit. It will help a lot during your assignments. If you’re still on the fence, then maybe you should take the time to read about the benefits of doing so:

  • Accessibility – The great thing about storage units is that they are accessible. For instance, if you’re sent to Sacramento, California, you can find one very easily. Take the items that you desperately need and accommodate them in the self-storage unit. Your belongings will be safe ( a self-storage unit has video surveillance) and, most importantly, they will be in a familiar place.
  • Privacy – when it comes to self-storage rental, privacy is the word of the day. Businesses value your privacy, meaning that they only collect information to provide you the best possible service. Besides you, no one knows what is inside the storage unit.
  • Time management – As a travel nurse, you have to ensure that your day is as productive as possible. You can’t be productive if you waste all your time looking for things. Do yourself a favor and rent a self-storage unit.

Do you still think that self-storage isn’t an option worth considering?

Packing light is the only way to pack

While a travel nurse isn’t exactly a globetrotter, a travel nurse is required to travel all the time. This is why it’s extremely important to pack light. When you pack light, it’s easier for you to manage the load in the back. The biggest mistake that you can do is bring with you items that you aren’t going to use. Sure, you’ll need to take with you things like a first-aid kit, toiletries, and clothes, but you can do without personal items. Well, some of them. The thing that you have to keep in mind is that you’re a traveling professional and you need to pack light. To ensure that you have the must-haves with you, make a list. Include on the list the things that you need for your assignments.

It’s not so difficult to fit less in a smaller space. Get a bag that is just the size of the airplane’s overhead compartment and try to fit in as much as you can. If you don’t have the right bag, then go out and get one. Investing in the right bag is what you should be doing. The bag is just as important as the journey. As mentioned previously, you should not bring unnecessary things with you. You can’t afford to bring items with you just in case. What if just in case doesn’t happen? You’ll be stuck with a great many things that you don’t actually need, or have room for, for that matter. What’s more important? To have all your documents with you or to have dead weight?

Think of your job as a permanent one

It’s common knowledge that travel nurses work as temporary workers. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t view your occupation as a permanent one. The job that you have right now is a very important one and it should be regarded accordingly. In other words, it should be taken seriously. Even if you don’t look forward to meetings or hospital projects, you need to be proactive. At some point or another, you’ll get tired of traveling and you’ll want to settle down somewhere. Well, your job can and will open career doors.