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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