Avoid Mistakes on Your Next Travel Assignment

by Howard Gerber on June 9, 2016

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travel assignment tipsWhether it’s in your personal life or at work, everyone makes mistakes. Certain mistakes are the result of a lapse in judgment or a lack of knowledge. However, some mistakes may be avoidable with a little forethought. When it comes to working as a healthcare traveler, the difference between a great experience and a problematic experience may be avoiding some missteps. Think twice before you make the following mistakes:

Burning Bridges

Hopefully, you enjoy your healthcare travel assignments at least the majority of the time. There may be an instance, however, when the job just was not a good fit. Perhaps the healthcare facility was not what you were used to, or you did not agree with certain policies at that facility. The good news is that most assignments are 13 weeks, which allows you to move on to a different position afterward. However, it’s never a good idea to burn any bridges when you leave an assignment. Remain professional right up until your last day. Don’t gossip about anyone or call in sick your last few days. You never know when you may need your supervisor or co-workers to act as references.

Not Being a Team Player

One of the fastest ways to make a bad name for yourself on a travel job is by not being a team player. If you help out, your co-workers are more likely to lend a hand when you need one. Being a team player is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes for a more enjoyable working experience. The way you treat your teammates can be a big question in reference checks in the future.

Forgetting to do Your Research

Before any healthcare travel assignment, it’s a good idea to know what to expect. This includes more than just learning about the job. Do a little research on the area where you will be living. Learn which areas have high crime and which neighborhoods are a must-see. Determine what the weather tends to be like during the weeks you’ll be in town. Preparing and knowing what to expect will solidify that you’re making the right decision in accepting a travel assignment.

Ignoring to Read Your Contract

Every healthcare travel assignment may be different. If you’re expecting your current contract to be the same as your last, you might be disappointed. Make sure you understand what type of housing is being offered. If you work in a hospital, determine what the policy is for reducing staff if the census of patients is low. Determine if health benefits start immediately and what other benefits are included. If you are unclear about something, ask your recruiter. Don’t sign on the dotted line until you are sure you understand everything.

Being Inflexible

Of course, you’ll know your role and responsibilities before your healthcare assignment starts. Once you start work, things could change, and you may be asked to be a bit flexible. For example, if you are a nurse who is working in the emergency room, you may be asked to float to another department for a shift. Another example could be your supervisor asking you to switch which weekends you work. Although you don’t need to agree to something that makes you uncomfortable, a little flexibility may go a long way in making a good impression. Plus, you may need the favor returned if you need an unexpected day off.


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