Wellness for Nurses: Personal Safety
When it comes to safety—always know before you go! This is true for many things in life, and travel nursing is no exception. Even if you’re a seasoned travel nursing veteran, it can never hurt to brush up on safety tips to keep yourself safe and well during every assignment. On your way to Austin, Texas for your next placement, check out our travel nurse safety tips before you set sail.
Seven ways travel nurses can stay safe on assignment
Travel nursing is a career-changing opportunity. And you can make sure you have the best possible experience by following these five safety tips:
- Choose a recruiter you can trust. The best travel nurse companies in Austin will place you with high-quality assignments. Your recruiter should be able to give you details about where you’ll be, the safety of the neighborhood and what to expect. If a recruiter can’t help you to be safe, you may want to move on to another staffing company.
- Know where you’re going. You can research the area using websites like City Rating, or work with your recruiter to find housing in an area that’s safe. At your location, only travel around during daylight to become oriented with your surroundings.
- Always have a cell phone with you. You never know when you may need it. Always leave the house with a phone that is fully charged, and keep your charger in your purse if you need to recharge while you’re at work.
- Don’t go out alone. If you’re going out for food or to sightsee, or even when walking to your car at the end of your shift, go with another person. It can be easier to spend time off the clock with other travel nurses at your facility, since you’ll all be looking for new friends. It can also be helpful to check with permanent staff members for suggestions on where to go that’s safe.
- Ask for second floor housing. It greatly reduces the chance of a break in. If you’re staying at a hotel, ask for a room that’s more towards the interior, and not a short distance from the parking lot.
- Plan your emergency contacts. If your car breaks down, it helps to have access to a service such as AAA. Most auto insurances also offer roadside assistance, as well.
- Travel with at least two ways to pay. You never want to be caught in a situation where you need money and have no way to access it. For example, if you’re traveling with cash and your purse is stolen, a credit card in your jacket pocket could be a life saver.
Looking for a recruiter?
If you’re new to travel nursing, or if you’re ready for a new travel nurse company, check out TaleMed. We specialize in the placement of nurses with travel assignments across the country—from Austin, to San Diego, to Brooklyn and everything in between—and we’ll place you in the cities you want to see! To learn more, contact TaleMed today!