Tip 1: Be flexible. With so many open positions around the country, locking in your first assignment is all about timing and flexibility. Be open-minded about all aspects of your assignment—location, unit type, shift rotation, start date, etc. It’s wise to have preferences, but be careful not to limit your own possibilities.
Tip 2: Be organized. Make copies of your degrees, CV, special certifications, state licenses, CEUs, and medical records. Your agency will likely provide a credentialing specialist who helps you file everything the hospital needs, but have these all documents readily accessible to speed up the process.
Tip 3: Be an amazing nurse! Exhibit the right attitude, be a positive influence, and believe in yourself. You have the resources and knowledge to be successful.
The orientation window on a unit is often short, so utilize every moment with your preceptor and ask questions!
The most successful travel nurses know how to be both confident and respectful.
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