Starting out as a travel nurse is exciting and a bit scary. You may have some worries about starting a new job and your role as a nurse. You may even have concerns about the travel process. By taking time to address your concerns, you will adapt quickly to a new position and reach your goals as a nurse.
Keep Your Packing Light
A travel nurse does not stay in one place for long. That means you do not need your entire wardrobe, every piece of furniture or every pair of shoes. Expect to move after a few months. You want to pack light so you are able to keep track of your belongings. It also makes it easier to get to your destination when you only have a suitcase and a carry-on bag.
Pack your essentials and keep the rest in storage or in your hometown. You do not want to carry so much that it complicates your travel plans. Focus on filling up one suitcase for your clothing and essentials. If you need a few more items, then try to fit it into a carry-on bag or a small suitcase.
Connect With Other Nurses
When you start working as a travel nurse, you may feel alone. You are starting out in a new location and you expect to move after a few short months. That can lead to some loneliness as you adjust to the new job. Fortunately, technology makes it easier to stay connected and to meet new people.
Start out with connecting to loved ones by setting up social media accounts and adding loved ones to your friends. You can also look for social media groups that specifically focus on travel nursing. By connecting to other nurses who have experience in travel nursing, you will have support for some of your initial questions, concerns and goals. You can ask for advice or get extra help settling into a new location.
Set up a Friendly Relationship With Your Co-Workers
Even though you will not stay in one facility for an extended period, you do want to connect to your co-workers and develop a friendly relationship. It will help you adjust to the new environment and give you a chance to explore new friendships. Since you are not involved in the politics of the facility, you also have a chance to help out when others are unable to focus on specific jobs. You allow your co-workers to relax, which will help your patients by ensuring that the relationship between nurses and other medical staff is friendly. When you are friendly, your co-workers will also be willing to help you out until you settle into your new role.
Starting out as a travel nurse seems daunting. You will have questions and concerns that arise throughout your first assignment. Fortunately, you can take measures to enjoy your excursion to a new location while you also help your patients with their healthcare needs. The key is focusing on building up friendly relationships with your co-workers, building new friendships with other travel nurses and making sure you are not bogged down with unnecessary belongings that waste your time while you travel.