Your Journey Begins: A Nurse Traveler’s Guide by Accountable Healthcare
Starting as a Nurse Traveler is an exciting journey that requires careful preparation. Here's a guide from Accountable Healthcare on essential information to collect:
Licensing Requirements: Research the nursing license requirements for each state you plan to work in. Ensure your licenses are up-to-date and valid in those locations.
Certifications: Identify any additional certifications required for specific travel nursing positions, such as ACLS or PALS. Stay informed about the expiration dates and renewal processes for these certifications.
Housing Options: Explore housing options in your chosen locations. Consider factors like proximity to the healthcare facility, safety, and amenities—research short-term housing options, including furnished apartments or temporary housing agencies.
Compensation Packages: Understand the compensation packages offered by travel nursing agencies. Consider factors such as base pay, stipends, bonuses, and benefits. Compare packages from different agencies to make an informed decision.
Tax Implications: Learn about the tax implications of travel nursing. Understand tax-free stipends, housing allowances, and how tax homes work. Consulting with a tax professional can provide valuable insights.
Health Insurance: Review health insurance options provided by travel nursing agencies. Ensure coverage is comprehensive and meets your needs. Some agencies offer benefits like dental and vision insurance as well.
Transportation: Plan your transportation to and from assignments. Consider whether you'll need a car, and if so, explore options like leasing or using your vehicle: research public transportation and commuting options.
Assignment Duration: Clarify the expected duration of each assignment. Some travelers prefer shorter contracts, while others opt for longer ones. Understand the flexibility in extending or ending assignments based on your preferences.
Facility Orientation: Inquire about the facility's orientation process. Understand the expectations, protocols, and specific responsibilities for your role. Familiarize yourself with the hospital or healthcare system policies.
10. **Networking Opportunities:** Build a professional network by connecting online and offline with fellow travel nurses. Join forums, attend conferences, and engage with social media groups to share experiences and gather insights.
Work-Life Balance: Maintain a healthy work-life balance. Understand the expected working hours and be clear about your availability. Communicate effectively with the agency and healthcare facility to establish boundaries.
Crisis Preparedness: Be prepared for unexpected situations, such as natural disasters or public health emergencies. Stay informed about emergency protocols and have contingency plans in place.
By gathering this comprehensive information, you'll set yourself up for a successful and fulfilling experience as a nurse traveler for Accountable Healthcare. To search our current openings click here: Accountable Healthcare Openings