Congratulations on embarking on the exciting journey of travel nursing! It’s an adventure filled with new experiences, professional growth, and endless possibilities. To make the most of your first assignment, here are some of our recruiters’ top tips for first-time medical travelers to keep in mind:

 Before You Go:

  • Be Prepared: Ensure all your paperwork is in order, including an updated license, immunizations, physicals, and references. Familiarize yourself with the contract specifics, including pay structure, and travel reimbursement policies. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your recruiter with any questions.
  • Research Your Destination: Learn about the cost of living, local amenities, and transportation options. This will help you budget effectively and adjust to your new environment.
  • Pack Smart: Pack versatile clothing and essentials appropriate for the climate and duration of your assignment. Don’t forget important documents, medications, and a first-aid kit. Make sure to consider clothing appropriate for any leisure activities you may not have had access to in your previous location!
  • Consider Housing: Whether opting for furnished housing, corporate apartments, or house-sharing, choose an option that fits your budget and preferences. There are a lot of great resources specifically for medical travelers available, such as and groups on Facebook. 

Hitting the Ground Running:

  • Embrace the Learning Curve: Every facility has its own policies and procedures. Arrive early on your first day. Be open to learning, ask questions, and don’t hesitate to seek clarification from colleagues or supervisors.
  • Be a Team Player: Build relationships with your colleagues by being friendly, helpful, and respectful. Communication is key, so clearly express your needs and concerns. Oftentimes facilities hire travelers when they are especially busy and/or understaffed. Stay positive and be a part of the solution, not the problem.
  • Show Your Skills: Take initiative, demonstrate your expertise, and adapt to the new work environment. This will solidify your reputation as a valuable asset to the team.

Beyond the Workday:

  • Maintain a Work-Life Balance: Travel nursing can be demanding, so prioritize your well-being. Explore your new location, engage in hobbies, and connect with friends and family back home.
  • Embrace the Adventure: Travel nursing offers the chance to discover new places and cultures. Take advantage of your free time to explore, learn, and grow personally.

Bonus Tip: Network with other travel nurses! They can be a valuable source of advice, support, and friendship throughout your journey.

By following these top tips for first-time medical travelers, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the challenges and rewards of travel nursing. Remember, it’s an experience that allows you to hone your skills, discover new places, and build a fulfilling career. Embrace the adventure and good luck!