Whether you are a new to travel nursing, a long-tenured traveler or still thinking about traveling for the first time, here are five travel truths every travel nurse needs to know:
1. Explore often. The best part about travel nursing is having the chance to explore new places. Don’t forget to take advantage of this unique opportunity as you venture out on assignment.
2. Be flexible. Most people you encounter are appreciative that you’re there. Most assignments only last 3 months, so keeping in good graces with the facility and your managers is very important.
3. It’s not all about money. It is no secret that one of the many benefits of travel nursing is the pay. However, when negotiating how much you will make on a new assignment, don’t forget to remember that travel nursing is not all about money. It’s about experiencing new places while helping and caring for others.
4. Recruiters make a difference. Choose your recruiter wisely. Who you decide to work with can make or break your personal travel success. Trust is absolutely key. If you don’t trust your recruiter, you might want to consider working with one you do.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. What are the ratios? What is the float policy? Do you have CNA/techs? What computer system does the facility use? All of these are important questions that you should feel comfortable asking when going to a new facility. After all, knowledge is power, and asking questions will only help you succeed and encourage the facility to ask you to extend the assignment.
Do you have questions about travel nursing opportunities or an upcoming assignment? Contact us or reach out to your PPR Travel Nursing Recruiter today.