5 Tips for Working as a Travel Nurse

If your skills don’t lie in the online world and you have a profession like nursing under your belt, you can still travel and make a living while being semi nomadic.

Becoming a travelling nurse is an exciting and rewarding experience to practice your profession anywhere in the world. A travelling nurse is able to enjoy their wanderlust while providing a much needed service in a field that is in high demand, worldwide.

To help you reach your dream to travel and nurse, here’s a few things to help you:

 

1. READ SOME TRAVELLING NURSE BLOGS

You’re not the first person as a travel nurse and you certainly won’t be the last. Before you embark on your nursing adventure, you may want to brush up on some of the experiences and information available from travel nurses already in the field.

This information can help you prepare for your trip:

 

2. FIND TRAVEL NURSE COMPANIES

There are a lot of companies out there able to help you find a job anywhere you wish to nurse. The best strategy you can have is to apply to as many as possible and consider as many contract as you can get. Do not jump on the first offer you receive because you should definitely do some homework.

All companies have different rules and very different experiences. Since this is your travel nursing experience, pick a company that’s right for you. Be firm with your own interests and be honest with what you want.

 

3. HAVE SOME SAVINGS

Since all jobs differ from country to country and company to company, have a comfortable amount of savings to lean back on for any reason whatsoever. Some companies provide allowances for housing and relocating, but not all. You may travel to your living arrangements and find it completely inadequate to your taste and comfort. Having your own money as a safety net will allow you to enjoy your travel nursing experience that much more.

 

4. KEEP YOUR MEDICAL CHECKS UP TO DATE

You have probably gone through a lot of medical checks and screening just to become a nurse. However, before you go, you should make sure all your medical tests are up to date to avoid any unnecessary problems in the future while travelling abroad.

 

5. GET THE RIGHT GEAR FOR YOUR TRIP

You know that nursing is tough on your feet and just imagine going to a foreign country where the quality of shoes differ significantly. One of the things that is essential is getting the best pair of shoes for nurses to keep your feet from feeling used and abused during your time abroad. Pack them with you! Along with your scrubs, stethoscope, watch and compression socks. It’s important to have the right gear for work.

Not only for work but you’ll also need appropriate gear for travel to wherever your destination may be. Step one is to find luggage. For more adventurous travel we would always suggest getting a carry on backpack so you can go wherever you need to go, pack light and be flexible.

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