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TRAVEL TIPS- WHILE ON YOUR TRAVEL NURSING ASSIGNMENT

Now that you've arrived, there are lots of things you can do to make your travel assignment more "user-friendly."

Make sure you do a walk through in your new home, the complex should provide you a form -- note any damage so that you will not be responsible for it when you leave. The furniture company usually leaves a delivery reciept in the apt -- double check it against what was actually delivered. Also, if there is any cleaning or serious issue that needs to be addressed, this is the time to mention it to your travel agency.

Keep yourself safe! Park in lighted areas, as close to your door as possible. If the parking spaces are reserved, make sure the identification of your space is not your apt number -- if it is, don't park there; either park in a guest or visitor space or "trade" spaces with a neighbor, this way potential theives will not know whether someone is home or not. 

Report any night time lighting that is not working to the complex immediately, especially if you are coming or going in the dark.

Do not put a door mat on the outside of your apartment or hang decorations by the front door -- this alerts potential burglars that your apt is occupied and might be worth breaking into.

Once you have settled, make sure several family members or friends have your exact address and your work schedule -- give them the phone numbers for the complex office & the facility where you will be working.

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There are lots of great websites with great information about exploring your new location. One of the best is USATravMed.com-- created BY Travel Nurses, FOR Travel Nurses. Information at this site includes links to each of the 50 states with housing, job, travel, tax, nursing license & local information for any assignment you might secure. 

During your orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet other travel nurses, this is a good time to pass around a sheet of paper & collect the names, shifts, phone #s, & email adresses of your fellow travelers. Make a copy for everyone. This comes in handy when you might need to switch shifts with someone or get together socially; it's also nice to keep in touch after your assignment ends.

Travel nurse etiquette 101:

Never share your pay rate,  bonus information, or housing stipend amounts with anyone. Most contracts are negotiable, and your contract may not be the same as the next nurse's; but, for the most part, they are all "equivalent." Furthermore, coming on board as a "traveler" is hard enough, the facility staff do not need to know how much more you are making or how little they are making in comparison. Lots of staff will be interested in your choice to travel, think of all the reasons you chose it, without mentioning dollars (this includes other travelers).

Never compare the facility you are currently working in with other assignments in a negative way..."this place is not all it's cracked up to be..." or, "I worked in other hospitals who's X-Y-Z was so much better than this...", it may not only be tempting, but the truth...just don't go there.

Never take yourself too seriously or take things personally. Remember, you are a brand new employee at this assignment, sometimes this can mean that the staff assumes you are a new nurse, with little to no experience. Fight the urge to let them know "you already know how to do that"...relax & take their direction with a smile, thank them for their help, solicit information regarding the specific policies and procedures of their unit.

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