What NOT to Do on Day One of Your Assignment
You’ve landed a travel nurse placement in Providence, Rhode Island—congratulations! Being the “new kid” can be tough, but travel nurses find themselves in new situations every 13 weeks. With some practice, you’ll know what to expect on a travel nurse assignment, and this can make your transition easier. The key is to relax, breathe and follow our five tips for your first day.
You may feel nervous for your first day, but you don’t need to! Just follow these tips to start your new travel placement with ease:
- Practice your arrival. Don’t scramble on the day of your first shift! Instead, figure out how to get to your facility beforehand. Map out the public transportation route, or use Google Maps to plan your commute. Then, take a “dry run” to your facility to get an idea of how long it takes to travel—and tack on a little extra time to allow for traffic. One your first day, you may want to allow time for a coffee stop in your commute.
- Bring everything you need. You should come to your assignment prepared with copies of your important paperwork. This includes your nursing license, any certifications you have and cash for parking. You might also want to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated, and a sweater, in case it’s chilly inside the building.
- Plan to be early. If you plan to arrive 15 minutes early to your first shift, you’ll be covered if you hit traffic you didn’t expect. Plus, it shows you’re professional and plan ahead—arriving late doesn’t create a good first impression.
- Be enthusiastic! You should always be ready to start your travel assignment with a smile on your face. A positive, upbeat attitude on your first day will set you on the path to success. When you’re feeling good, it will help you learn your new role much more easily. Plus, you’ll get to know your new team faster if you’re friendly with them.
- Get ready to shake hands. You’re going to see many new faces on your first day, so be ready to shake hands and ask names. If you have a hard time remembering names, try to focus on something that makes the person unique, and link that to his or her name in your mind. But don’t be embarrassed if you have to ask for someone’s name twice—it happens.
Smile and do your best!
As you set out for your Providence assignment, your commitment to success is your most important quality. The harder you work at doing well during your placement, the better you’ll be. You can do it!