How to Have an Amazing First Year of Travel Nursing

Dec 31, 2019 | Travel Nursing

We recently shared a blog on The Gypsy Nurse about all the excitement the new year can bring and how travel nurses can make the most of it. If anyone can turn a simple New Year’s resolution into a lasting positive habit, it’s a travel nurse.

For those of you considering jumping into travel nursing in 2020, the new year may seem intimidating and exciting. We want to inspire you to turn your resolutions into routines that make your new career fulfilling, enriching and happy. By embracing your adventurous side, building out your professional network and being kind to yourself, you can start your unforgettable 2020 on the right foot. Before we get too far into the year, make a resolution to check off these tasks and get your career on its way.

Check out your destination options.

With the right agency and recruiter, new travel nurses can find the perfect first assignment. While contract locations may be limited to unexperienced travel nurses, your recruiter can help you find an assignment that will kick off your career in the direction you want to go. Keep your mind open and goals clear to find the best first contract for you.

Get your paperwork in order.

Before you can start working in a new state or region, you need to make sure you’re certified to practice medicine there. Work with your recruiter to get a compact license or a license to work in a state outside the Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) network. Licenses can take up to a month to get approved, so be ready to wait before you can begin working. There are also a few “walk-through” states that offer temporary licenses with same-day approval.

Prep for your interview.

Interviews don’t have to be scary in the travel nursing world. Once you find a hospital you want to work with, you’ll probably be asked to chat with the nursing manager. They’ll tell you about what kind of care their unit provides, how they make schedules and what the day-to-day operations are like. If your interests and needs align with theirs, you’ll be well on your way to a fabulous first assignment.