One of the most exciting things about a traveling nursing career is being able to visit new locations. Each challenging assignment comes with a built-in opportunity for exploration.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your travel nursing assignment.
Prepare Before You Get There
Knowing exactly where you’re headed will make packing that much easier. Is it warm or cool? What kind of footwear will you require? You’ll need comfortable shoes for work, of course, but what about on your days off? Is there a beach nearby? Will you be hiking or hitting the gym or yoga studio? You need to have the proper equipment and attire.
Spend some time researching where you will be spending the next couple months of your life. It will make the preparation so much easier.
Find the Fun
You’ll want to learn about the local culture and events going on at your destination. What are your dining options? Are there free events, museums or a local art scene? Searching online can be a big help. Check out a local forum to get some perspectives on where to find the best pizza or bowl of chili.
If you can, take time to visit your assignment location ahead of time. Pick up some guidebooks as if you were going on vacation and learn about possible day-trip opportunities. Perhaps there’s snorkeling or biking tours.
It’s often possible to schedule your assignment in a way that gives you several days off in a row for recreational pursuits.
Heading in the Right Direction
Wondering whether it’s better to have a fancy GPS system or an old-fashioned map? Why not take both?
A GPS provides important driving information such as time and distance to destination. A traditional map, meanwhile, is great for helping you get around on foot or via public transportation.
Few careers offer the same opportunities as that of a traveling nurse. The work you do each day is worthwhile and the varying assignments can keep you stimulated and give you a chance to explore new locations.
Karen is a writer and educator interested in finding and sharing information relating to the healthcare profession.