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travel assignmentOnce you land your assignment as a healthcare traveler, you may wonder what to do about your current home. In some situations, you may not have to do anything. For example, if you are currently living with someone else who will be staying in your home, you may not have to do anything but move. In other instances, if you live alone, you will likely have to decide what to do with your place while you are away on a travel job. Below are a few options to consider. [continue reading…]

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What if You Are Unhappy With Your Travel Assignment?

by Howard Gerber on July 25, 2013

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travel assignment Whether you are on your first healthcare travel job assignment or your tenth, you want it to be a good fit and an enjoyable assignment. So what do you do if you’re unhappy with your travel job? The first thing to do is relax and remember you have options. Consider some of the following suggestions to help you figure out how to handle an assignment that leaves you disappointed. [continue reading…]

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Travel Nursing Misconceptions

by Howard Gerber on July 18, 2013

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travel nursing You may be considering a career as a nurse traveler, but are still unsure. Maybe you heard a few things that are making you hesitate to give life on the road a try. It is also a possibility you have come to you own conclusions about what life must be like for a nurse traveler without anything to base you beliefs on. Either way, you can’t really decide if working as a nurse traveler is right for you if you have misconceptions. Continue reading to learn about common travel nursing misconceptions. [continue reading…]

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Tips for Dealing with Stress

by Howard Gerber on July 11, 2013

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yoga, relaxation It would be nice to have a world where going to work was always a great experience: co-workers were always eager to lend a helping hand, and patients smiled and said thank you. While that may happen some of the time, it’s unlikely that everyday working in healthcare is blissful. In fact, in can be very stressful. [continue reading…]

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Is Oncology Nursing Right for You?

by Howard Gerber on June 20, 2013

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Oncology nurses are usually RNs or nurse practitioners who specialize in working with cancer patients. Working as an oncology nurse can be extremely rewarding, but it also has its challenges. As with all specialty areas of nursing, it is essential to weigh the positives with the negatives in order to decide if oncology nursing is right for you. [continue reading…]

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Your housing matters when you take a healthcare traveler job. You don’t want to be stuck in a small, cramped apartment or arrive not realizing your place is only partially furnished. When it comes to living arrangements for a travel job, you have a few options. 

Private Apartment

One option many healthcare travelers choose is housing in a private apartment.  Most often travelers are offered a one bedroom apartment, which may be in an apartment complex. This type of housing is good for someone who prefers not to share an apartment with another traveler. It is also a good choice for someone who is not traveling with any family members.  Although most apartments you will be offered will be furnished, make sure you understand what is included. You may have to bring bedding, cookware and towels.

Shared Housing

In some instances, you may be given the option of sharing an apartment with another traveler. One advantage of shared housing is you get to know someone immediately. If you hit it off, you have someone to hang out with right from the start. The downside is if you and your roommate are not compatible, it could be a problem. Similar to a private apartment, your housing will likely be furnished and in a neighborhood close to where you will be working. 

RV Living

One option some travelers may not consider is living in an RV.  If you already have an RV, this may be a good choice. Since you will not need the apartment, your company may cover the cost of staying in an RV park. Many RV parks have amenities, such as a pool, workout area and clubhouse.

Housing Allowance

You can also opt to take a housing allowance and find your own place to live while on assignment. This option provides you with the most control, but keep in mind, all costs may not be covered. If you have friends or family in the area where your new job is and can stay with them, taking the housing allowance makes sense. If you want to pick your own apartment and will be going to an area where rents are high, it may make more sense financially to take the free housing offered. A housing allowance may not cover the costs completely if you were to find your own place.

Regardless of which housing option you choose, consider some of the tips below to make your move go smoothly.

  • Whichever type of housing you decide upon, be sure you get the details. Read your contract carefully to determine what is included, such as utilities and furnishings.
  • Negotiate to move in a few days before you start your new job. This will give you time to get organized and settle in to your new place.
  • You may also want a move out date a couple of days after your assignment ends to allow you plenty of time to pack up.
  • Although your place may be furnished, consider taking some smaller items from home to give your place a familiar feel.
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10 Common Healthcare Traveler Questions Answered

by Howard Gerber on May 23, 2013

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Before you make a decision on whether a healthcare travel job is a good fit, you probably have a lot of questions. Becoming well informed on what to expect with travel assignments will help you decide if you should pursue a healthcare travel job. Some common questions are answered below.

 

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