A Traveler’s To-Dos When Starting Your Next (or first) Assignment

Jun 28, 2021 | Allied Healthcare, Travel Nursing

Download The Complete Checklist for Every New Healthcare Travel Assignment to reference every time you apply for a new job.

With each new travel assignment comes a comprehensive list of actionable to-dos you need to complete prior to starting your new job. Specialty licenses, documents, and health expectations vary state-to-state, and facility-to-facility— so while it feels daunting, it’s critical to complete these to-dos in a timely manner to ensure you start on time.

Though each healthcare staffing agency’s internal processes will vary slightly, we’re all working toward the same end goal—to help you start your dream job in a new and exciting atmosphere. We have put together a complete checklist for every new healthcare travel assignment to keep you organized and on-task prior to your start date and broke it down by where you’re at in the hiring process (because, we all have a bajillion things to do every day, and it’s easy to overlook signing that pesky background authorization form).

Like most industries, when starting a new job as a healthcare traveler, the pre-employment process can take a few weeks. That means if you’re currently on a travel assignment, you’ll want to start browsing and thinking about your next assignment roughly 6-8 weeks in advance. Your search-to-start timeline should look some like:

Browse travel opportunities nationwide. (6-8 Weeks Prior to Desired Start Date). Search and browse job boards for medical jobs you’d like to add to your resume. Sometimes this means searching by city, and sometimes you have a unique skill you’re trying to finesse. Whatever the case may be, narrow it down to your top 1-2 assignments.

Apply for the job. (5-6 Weeks Prior to Desired Start Date). Once you’ve found an assignment in your preferred location, APPLY! Most jobs fill quickly so put your name in the hat and let your recruiter work their magic to get you the gig!

Complete and Submit All Documentation. (3-4 Weeks Prior to Desired Start Date). It’s not uncommon to take 3-5 weeks from your initial application to starting your assignment. That’s why it’s so important to complete and submit all forms and paperwork as soon as possible. Doing so gives you the best advantage of starting on time.

Secure Travel & Housing. (2-3 Weeks Prior to Desired Start Date). At LRS Healthcare, we understand the importance of finding a place that truly feels like a home away from home. That’s why we give you the option to either lean on our Traveler Experience Team to assist you in locating the best housing options for you, or you can take the wheel and locate your desirable bungalow on your own. We offer a housing stipend to our travelers to make it even easier, and more enjoyable. Once you’ve secured your space, it’s time to map out how to get there.

Research. (2 Weeks Prior to Desired Start Date). Now that you have secured your work, and home, you can focus on finding all the things you’d like to do and achieve during your down time. What events, concerts or farmer’s markets will be taking place while you’re there? Do you need tickets? Which restaurants are a must-try? Are there nearby hiking trails you need to check off your list? Don’t forget to lookup the climate and weather so you know what to pack.

Pack. (1 Week Prior to Desired Start Date). If you pack a week in advance, it gives you time to do laundry, organize your day-of travel bag and ensure you have all the chargers, hygiene, and work attire and documents you’ll need.

Whether you just applied, or recently been placed and are looking forward the adventures to come, The Complete Checklist for Every New Healthcare Travel Assignment will make sure you don’t miss a beat!

The checklist is a great resource for all LRS Healthcare and non-LRS Healthcare travelers! Download, print and/or save a copy of the complete traveler assignment checklist to reference each time you commit to a new assignment.