Getting Organized Before Hitting the Road as a Nurse Traveler

by Howard Gerber on January 14, 2015

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travel-nursing-preparation-tipsDeciding to take a job as a nurse traveler means you have a lot of things to take care of before you hit the road. But before you become overwhelmed at all there is to do, there are several steps you can take to get organized, which will help your move go more smoothly.

Give Yourself Enough Time

One of the worst things you can do to increase your stress levels when starting a travel assignment is not allowing yourself enough time to prepare. Once you have accepted a position, start by developing a plan to get the things you need to get done. Even if you are busy with another job or family responsibilities, try to take care of a few things on your to-do list each day.

Make Lists

It may seem like a simple thing to do, but making a list of all that needs to be taken care of is an essential part of organization. But instead of one big list, consider making smaller more manageable lists. Organize things-to-do by category. For instance, make a list of things you need to do regarding your home. Make another list of things you need to pack. Making lists can prevent you from forgetting things. It can also help you determine the progress you are making.

Get Your Paperwork Together

You may need a copy of your nursing license, CPR card, and other relevant credentials. In addition, you should gather your immunization record, travel contract, and other important documents you may need while away. If possible, make copies instead of bringing the originals. Place everything you need in one envelope or box. Having all documents together will help you retrieve something easily when you need it.

Delegate When You Can

Many of the tasks related to moving you may need to do yourself. But if you have friends and family that can help you take care of a few things, accept their help. For example, your friends may be willing to gather packing supplies or help you pack.

Develop a Packing System

Packing can be one of the most time consuming and stressful parts of accepting a travel assignment. Before you start packing, gather all the supplies you need, such as tape, boxes, labels, and packing material. Being in the middle of packing and running out of supplies will slow you down.

In addition, it may be helpful to organize your items by rooms. This can simplify the unpacking process. Although it may seem like a no-brainer, don’t forget to label everything.

In some cases, it may be easier to travel lightly. In many instances, housing arrangements may include a furnished apartment. Determine what furnished includes since it may vary a little. For example, some furnished apartments come with dishes and cookware, while others don’t.

Cut Yourself a Little Slack

When you are moving to a new city and starting a job, there is a lot to do. Some things may be important to take care of before you leave while others are less critical. Learn to prioritize and cut yourself a little slack if you don’t do everything perfectly.

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