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4 Great Midsize Cities to Work as Travel Nurse

by Howard Gerber on March 8, 2018

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midsize cities travel nursingLarge cities, such as Atlanta, Boston, and Denver can be great places to work as a travel nurse. But midsize cities also have a lot going for them. Medium-sized cities often have less competition than large cities when it comes to getting a travel job. The cost of living is also usually less than in large cities, which means your food and entertainment budget may go further.

Midsize cities may also seem less overwhelming than faster-paced big cities. Many smaller towns still offer lots of recreational opportunities and activities to enjoy on your days off. A midsize city may be the perfect fit for your next travel nursing assignment. Below are four great choices. [continue reading…]


Why You Can’t Find Your Next Travel Nursing Assignment

by Howard Gerber on November 16, 2017

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next travel assignmentWhether you’re an experienced travel nurse or just starting out, finding the right assignment is important. You don’t want to be so picky it takes months to land a job, but you also want the right fit. If you have not found your next nursing assignment as fast as you like, there may be several reasons why. [continue reading…]


Adjusting to Life as a Travel Nurse

by Howard Gerber on May 25, 2017

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travel nurse adjustingIf you’re already off on your first assignment or you’re just considering becoming a travel nurse, there may be an adjustment period. Being a travel nurse is different than working as a staff nurse. Travel nursing presents some unique challenges that a permanent job does not, but it is worth the effort because of all the rewards. Below are several suggestions to help you make the transition to travel nursing. [continue reading…]


Being an Effective Nurse Mentor

by Howard Gerber on May 4, 2017

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nurse mentoringNurses make a difference in the life of their patients every day. But as a nurse, you can also have a big impact on other nurses. Being a mentor is an opportunity to help guide and support a new nurse. Whether you work as a traveler or a have a permanent position, being a mentor can be a fulfilling part of your job. Mentoring a new grad allows you the opportunity to help a rookie nurse increase their skills and build their confidence.

Keep in mind; new nurses often acclimate to their role and the unit with guidance from other staff including their preceptor. But you’re more than a mentor. As a preceptor, you’re a useful resource to help your new teammate take on the challenges that wait.  [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.


Dealing with Homesickness on the Road

by Howard Gerber on May 16, 2013

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Starting a travel assignment is a great opportunity to meet new people, see a new part of the country and learn new skills. Although it is an exciting time, it’s normal to deal with some level of homesickness. This may especially be true if you are leaving children or a significant other behind. While you don’t want to forget family and friends back home, you don’t want homesickness to spoil your time. Consider some of the suggestions below to cope when you are missing home. [continue reading…]


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Getting the travel assignment you want most may take research and a little patience, but there are ways to increase your chances of getting your ideal assignment. Improving your skills increases your marketability as a travel nurse and makes you more in demand.  Although you already have your education and experience as a nurse, there are several things you can do to increase your knowledge, your skills, and make you a more marketable nurse. [continue reading…]


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