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Safety Tips for Healthcare Travelers

Dec 14, 2022 | Allied Healthcare, Travel Nursing

 

 

 

Healthcare professionals that travel have access to countless opportunities that are not available in permanent positions. The chance to travel across the country, meet new people, and pursue your passion. While you can travel in pairs or groups, it is most common to travel solo which can be intimidating and overwhelming at times. Not to worry, you and your safety are our number one priority, and we want to make sure that you are confident and prepared for this next step in your career.  So, as you gear up to start your first or next travel adventure prepare ahead of time by looking through some of the most important safety tips for healthcare travelers.

 

Do Your Research

We understand that it can be difficult to do any research before you have signed your contract and secured your travel assignment. Although once you’ve done so and begun searching for housing (with the help of our incredible traveler experience team) you can research more about the area of the facility as well as your potential housing location. Areavibes can help you determine where the best area to live is by using an algorithm that will establish nearby amenities, crime rates, cost of living, user rating, etc. for the desired zip code or address that you are considering. Areavibes can also be used to check out the facility or hospital you will be working at so that you can get familiar with the area ahead of time.

When moving to a new city it’s important to do your due diligence by researching as much as you possibly can so that you are comfortable, feel safe, and excited about your upcoming move.

 

Invest in AAA

Give yourself and your loved ones peace of mind while traveling to and from your assignments with a AAA membership. This number one road trip essential that will provide you with free tow services, jump starts, vehicle lock-out service, tire change and so much more. That way if you have any car problems along the way, you are taken care of.

The membership also includes the essential identity theft monitoring, member-only hotel, restaurant, and more discounts. Get 24/7 Roadside assistance and save money on the rest of your travel adventures with a AAA membership, ensuring that you get to and from your travel assignments without a hitch.

 

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Stay Connected

Make sure someone, whether it be family or friends, is aware of your trip schedule. Don’t forget to update your emergency contact information before leaving for your assignment so that, in case of an emergency, the proper individual could be contacted. Once you’ve left, get in touch with your loved ones every step of the way to let them know you’ve arrived safely and to provide them with information about where you’re staying and the facility or hospital you’ll be working at. It is important to make sure that you stay in contact with your loved ones throughout the journey. Not only to share all of your exciting explorations and experiences you’ve been able to do, but to make sure they know that you are safe.

Don’t forget to stay connected with your recruiter as well! They want to hear all about your adventures and see how your assignment is treating you (and will be checking in regularly). Keep in mind that your recruiter is there for you 24/7 to ensure that your assignment and travel career is everything you hoped it would be.

 

Explore in Groups

Exploring a new city every 13 weeks or so has to be one of the best parts of being a healthcare traveler. Do your best to travel in a pair or a group and use the buddy system for safety purposes. There are likely other travelers at your facility that are also looking for an adventure buddy or other coworkers you will naturally connect with and spend time outside of work with, making it easy to find friends to explore the city with.

Don’t be afraid to ask some of your local coworkers for the lay of the land as well. They are more likely to have insight and a different perspective into all the must-try restaurants, activities to do, and which areas are safe to explore and which to avoid.

 

 

Always be aware of your surroundings when you are traveling alone. If you feel unsafe in any way, trust your instincts and call the local police department. It’s important to us that you feel safe and secure in your travel assignment. So, if for any reason you do not, please contact your recruiter.

Healthcare traveling is such a unique adventure, and we want to make sure that you are prepped and ready to start this journey with the proper safety fundamentals. To ensure that you get the most out of each adventure. Apply today to get your first travel assignment of 2023 booked!

 

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