Last and final step to succeeding as a travel nurse!
By this point, you’ve already decided that you’re a great fit to be a travel nurse and you’ve decided on a recruiter! Now, the last step is to choose where you want to go! The options are endless. East coast, west coast, beach, or mountains? You name it, there’s a travel assignment for you. But how do you narrow it down?
First, is the hospital at least 50 miles away from your tax address? Most hospitals require that you live outside of a 50 mile radius of their facility. A lot of times, nurses choose locations where they have family/friends that they can stay with so they do not have to find their own housing and can pocket the stipend (yay!). Another note about housing, make sure you have housing arrangements for your pets if you are bringing them along. You also need to decide what kind of geography would work well with your interests or what part of the country you would like to explore! Don’t just take the first contract that is thrown your way.
The last thing you want to do is to not read a contract fully (guilty) and be stuck on a floor where you’re miserable or there are stipulations to canceled shifts. Full disclosure, most of time the hospital has a right to change your shift around. For example, if you are hired on day shift and they need more staff on nights, they will tell you a few days before starting that they are pulling you to night shift. I know, it sucks, but unfortunately you do not get much say in that decision unless you want to break a contract (which could cause issues).
Make sure during the interview process with the floor manager, you talk to them about this and see what the expectations are for you shifts (including weekends, holidays, etc.). My advice is to be as open to new floors, cities, and opportunities as you can. You never know what you may end up loving!