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Archive for November, 2009
Gobble, gobble! Thanksgiving is here and Christmas is rapping at the door and you know what that means. STRESS!!! There’s so much to do and it seems like there is never enough time to get everything you want done, whether work related or not. Like most of us, we have to do a lot on our own, especially if you are a traveling nurse away from home and stationed in an unfamiliar city. So what can you do to ease the pain that is, getting ready for the holidays while you’re on assignment?
Let’s face it, no one likes working on what some call the “Big Three” (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years), but we also work in a profession that does not close its doors just because of a holiday. However, those that are willing to work on these days, or accept a travel contract just prior to the Holiday season, might be able to take home a little extra cash by doing so.
As Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years approach a lot of travel nurses find themselves between assignment this time of year and they tend to want to put off finding a new travel nursing job until after the holidays are over.
A reader recently asked my advice on whether or not to sell her home to travel. She wanted to know which would be better, keeping her home for the tax implications, or renting an apartment and using it to maintain a “tax home”.
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is already next week? Then one month later we’re talking Christmas! My how the time flies as you get older, but as I do get older one thing remains the same as was when I was a kid and that is that I really look forward to these holidays (and some time off!). Everyone is usually happy and in an upbeat mood. You have friends and family coming in from out of town that you haven’t seen in awhile or perhaps you’re the one traveling to see them.
As a travel nurse one thing that you have probably found difficult is to take your books with you. Whether they are your old favorites that you love to read at Christmas time or the ones you have been waiting to read all year. Until the last couple of years your only choice was to only take just a few with you or pay for a library card in the city your travel nursing job was in, but now thanks to advancements in wireless reading technology you can take an entire library, newspaper stand and magazine rack with you to your assignment.
I was once asked why the travel nursing companies require a year of experience before a nurse may travel. A recent email I received should illustrate the answer to that question.
Anything is possible with a travel nursing career and taking the family with you can easily be a part of it. The locations are endless, the experiences are boundless and the rewards immeasurable. At first it may seem like taking everyone with you including Fido can be quite the task, but if you work with […]
At this stage in the travel nursing process you should hopefully be hearing one way or the other about the hospital’s decision to hire you. Sometimes the hiring manager will offer you on the job right on the phone, though that is more rare. Most often what will happen is that the hospital hiring or nurse manager will get back in touch with their contact at your travel nursing company who will let them know that they are interested in offering you the travel nursing job.
My assignment is coming to an end. What now?
Most seasoned travel nurses can tell you the options available at the end of a travel contract, but if this is your first assignment, you might be left wondering, “What now?”