first week as a travel nurse

Tips for a Traveler’s First Week

While it’s exciting to start a new assignment, the first week can feel rough for a travel healthcare professional (HCP) at a new hospital. This is especially true for those who haven’t traveled before.

A hospital unit is like a family. You’re the new person, adjusting to new routines, personalities and challenges.

So, what can you do to survive ― and thrive ― that first week? Here are some tips to adjust to your new surroundings inside and outside the workplace.

Everyone’s Been There

Having a successful first week starts with attitude. Your fears can become reality. If you think you’re not going to be accepted, chances are you won’t. Be confident and, most importantly, don’t make assumptions.

That means being prepared. Learn as much as you can about your hospital’s layout, protocols and procedures ahead of time. Also, it’s a good idea to arrive early on your first day and introduce yourself to your new co-workers.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions to show your interest, knowledge and initiative. Take lots of notes and even find a mentor. Just remember that every travel HCP goes through this transition period. What happens next is up to your attitude and flexibility.

Getting to Know the Community

You’re not just in a new job — you’re in a new city and state. TaleMed Clinical Director Susan Abbott suggests you should do what you can to integrate into your new surroundings as soon as possible.

“Find a coffee shop, or grocery store or florist — some place that you’ll frequent,” she says. “Just being recognized can mean so much when you’re in a new place.”

You should also explore beyond your immediate block. Go hiking, take boat tours, go to the zoo. Get to know the area’s culture and events.

“The best way to get started is by asking your co-workers,” says Susan. “They live there, so invite them out. That gives you an ‘in’ with both your colleagues and the community.”

Start your next adventure!

If you haven’t traveled with TaleMed, you can take your first step today. Contact a TaleMed recruiter by calling 1-800-494-0087 or completing our Quick Application.


Advice from Susan