The Travel Nurse Community
Feeling anxious about your upcoming travel nurse assignment and the travel nurse community? You needn’t be, but it’s natural to have a few nervous butterflies in your stomach—especially if this is your first, or one of your first, travel placements. But whether your travel assignment will take you to Brooklyn or anywhere else in the country, there’s good news: you’ll be in very good company!
A growing profession
In 2015, travel nursing hit an all-time high. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing employment is growing much faster than the national average (compared to other occupations). As it turns out, one of the best resources for information about your upcoming placement is your fellow travel nurses. And with the boom in travel nursing, the possibility that other travel nurses are currently on assignment at your upcoming location is high. You’ll just need to get in contact with them—and your recruiter can help.
Work with your recruiter
Check with your recruiter and explain your concerns. He or she can work with you to find out if your future travel facility currently has travel nurses on staff. You’ll be able to get contact information and reach out—introduce yourself and chat with them about Brooklyn, the hospital itself and anything else you’ll need to know to prepare.
What to ask
The questions you ask a fellow travel nurse will help you decide what to pack and can also help determine your living arrangements while you’re on assignment. Consider asking any (or all!) of the following:
- How is the weather? This will help you figure out what clothes to bring with you on assignment in Brooklyn. Will you need sweaters, rain gear, an umbrella, plenty of layers, summery items, etc.?
- What is there to do? Is the hospital near a gym? What outdoor activities are around? Do people typically dress up or down to go out? Will you have to do a lot of walking and need sneakers? Is there a nice place to run, walk, play tennis, swim, etc.? All of this information will help you pack and prepare.
- How is the housing? If your staffing agency places nurses with housing, what is it like? Would the nurse recommend staying there, or accepting the housing stipend to find your own lodging? What will you need to bring to make yourself at home? Anything the travel nurse can tell you will be helpful in your planning.
- Where is a nice place to live? If you decide to look for your own living arrangements, can the nurse recommend a nice, safe neighborhood to live in?
- Anything else you’ll need to know to help you prepare. Let the travel nurse know that you are weighing his or her recommendations heavily in your planning. Any information about the facility, the neighborhood, the weather, the culture, the night life, etc. will be very helpful.
It always helps to make connections
You might also want to find out if the nurse you spoke with will still be on assignment when you arrive. It can help to start with one friend as you begin your new assignment.
Looking for your next travel placement?
TaleMed can help. We’ll work with you to find travel nurse assignments across the country, in cities such as Brooklyn, New Orleans, San Diego, Durham, Austin, and more. You can find out more about what we offer on our nursing page, or contact one of our experienced recruiters today!