Home | Patient Preparation | Contact Information

Things To Know Before Taking A Travel Nurse Job

Becoming a travel nurse can be an exciting proposition for people who like to combine their love of travel with their love of nursing. But just like any career choice, travel nursing does have its pitfalls -- which can turn an otherwise enjoyable experience into a regrettable one if you're not prepared. Below is a list of things you need to know before taking a travel nurse job. It's not a comprehensive list by any means, but it's enough to get you started.

Personal Vehicles

It goes without saying that the traveling nurse job brings with it some expenses permanent staff nurses don't have to deal with. In terms of travel, most staffing agencies will at least contribute something to your traveling expenses if not covering them in total. But unless your staffing agency is willing to fly you everywhere, you're still going to need a car as your main mode of transportation from one assignment to the next. Choose your car wisely based on dependability, cost of repairs and gas mileage.

When you do begin a new assignment, honestly assess whether or not you need to take your car to and from work every day. You're going to be putting on enough miles going from one assignment to the next, so there's no need to put additional miles on if you can walk to work or take a bus.

Learn to Use Maps

Getting around the cities you visit will be a lot easier if you learn how to read maps. It's okay to rely on a GPS when you have it, but unless your data is up-to-date your GPS may send you on a wild goose chase. Just remember that an updated GPS still may not necessarily take into account new road construction projects. You can always get an accurate map of the city you're visiting simply by visiting the local AAA office or the town hall. If you know how to read those maps, you'll have no trouble getting around town.

Have Someplace to Return To

For young nurses taking their first travel nurse job, the idea of a home base often escapes them. It's easy to forget that you may need a place to return to between assignments when you can only look forward to the excitement that lies ahead. But rest assured, if you don't have someplace to go it will quickly become apparent the first time you have a gap in your schedule. It's no fun living out of a hotel room or having to beg family or friends to let you come crash with them.