Travel nurses are pros at being adaptable. But even they can use some tips when it comes to transitioning between travel nurse jobs. Here are a few ways you can make sure you have a smooth transition when switching jobs and locations.
- Do your research: Before you set out for your new job and location, make sure you’ve done your research on what awaits you. This includes your new city and state, neighborhood, hospital, and even co-workers, if that’s possible. This will help you choose locations that are likely to be compatible with your needs and wants, and it will also help you find your niche within the city and hospital communities. Keep in mind traveler-specific resources such as Healthcare Travelbook when wanting to look into forums on specific locations. Forewarned is forearmed!
- Make new friends, but keep the old: Travel nurses are generally great at meeting new people and forging connections — they have to be! Do your best to make connections with new friends, coworkers, and neighbors. It’s important to have a positive relationship with those around you, plus these people can be great resources for helping you explore your new location. Make sure that you balance this out with keeping in good contact with your close friends and family from back home or from previous locations. Staying in touch with the people who truly know you and care for you will help you keep your head on straight and enhance your ability to adapt to the change that crop up when you’re transitioning between travel nurse jobs.
- Keep up with some of your favorite routines: In the same vein as keeping in touch with good friends, be sure to maintain some consistency to your routine and continue with some of your activities that you enjoyed in the old location. Like to read? Seek out a book club in the new city. Enjoy live music? Look for a venue in the area that hosts the kinds of bands you enjoy. Also keep in mind maintaining tracks like healthy eating and other such boundaries and interests that matter to you. It will help you stay grounded and connected to yourself.
Hopefully these tips will give you some help when it comes to transitioning between travel nurse jobs. If you have any strategies for transitioning between travel nurse jobs, please share them in the comments!