What They Don’t Tell You Before Your First Travel Healthcare Assignment


Congratulations, you’re now a traveling healthcare professional! Life on the road comes with many benefits – from exploring the country to enjoying new experiences to working with some special people.

But before you head on that first assignment, there are some important things to consider. Things that will enhance your experience – but won’t be found in any “how-to” guide. Like how much to pack. Or where to find the right housing. The following list will help you be ready to roll now that you’ve got an assignment.

Organize Your Documents

Once you’ve signed on the dotted line for your first contract, make sure you receive paper copies of your terms and conditions for the assignment.  Many experienced travelers have a binder to keep all of their important documents in order.  It should include your contract, licenses and certifications, tax forms, and any required testing. From the time the contract is agreed upon, until your first days on the job, there will be paperwork to complete and forms to fill out. A simple way to keep it all together is to create a “travel binder.”

Stay in Touch with Your Recruiter

Experienced travelers will tell you that the relationship you have with your recruiter is very important.  Your recruiter will be there to help answer any questions and can put you in touch with others for questions out of their realm.  Check with your recruiter to determine what types of paperwork the facility needs before your start date.  You’ll also want to find out about the orientation process – which may include testing, so it’s important to know this upfront.

Line Up Your Travel Home

Finding your home during your travel assignment is likely one of the most important decisions you’ll make, and your recruiter can help you every step of the way.  Your first move should be to do some research on the area where you’ll be assigned.  You’ll also want to weigh the cost of the various types of housing, i.e., long-term stay hotels, rooms for rent, etc., against the travel stipend that you’ll be receiving.

Prepare the Home You’re Leaving Behind

Getting your regular house in order is equally as important as finding your travel home. Things to take into consideration are any pets you may have.  Do you have someone that will care for them, or are you planning to bring your pet with you?  Have you suspended your newspaper delivery and put a hold on or forwarded your mail?  It’s also important to have family or friends keep an eye on your house, take care of your lawn or garden, etc.

Decide What You HAVE to Bring with You

So, the time to leave for your first assignment is drawing near, and you’re ready to figure out the things you NEED versus those you THINK you should have.  Any experienced traveler will tell you that the less you bring, the better off you’ll be. Some necessities can include “Bed-in-a-Bag,” the minimum amount of clothing geared toward the climate you’ll be living in, necessary toiletries and kitchen items, prescriptions, entertainment devices, laptop, and your travel binder.  Other items can be purchased upon arrival, such as cleaning supplies, paper products, etc.

At Focus Staff, we understand the ins and outs of being a healthcare travel professional and have access to a wide variety of excellent opportunities. So, if you love healthcare and love to travel – contact us today.

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