At this point your stuff is all unpacked and it’s been a long drive. You are tempted to crawl into bed and sleep until you are supposed to be at the hospital. Don’t.
The first thing you need to do now is find where the hospital is. The experience you have on any of the travel nursing jobs you ever work will be heavily impacted by the impression you make on the first day. So arriving late because you got lost on the way to the hospital is not a good way to start.
Even if you have a GPS don’t rely solely on it. It still will be helpful if you have made the drive the once and are somewhat experienced driving int the city.
But don’t just pull up in the hospital parking lot and go home. Find out where you should park and and get out and go in. Find your unit and try and familiarize with the layout of the hospital. You don’t have to check-in or anything (unless of course you are in a unit that requires a sign in like Labor & Delivery or ICU), just walk around and get a sense for where everything is. Of course if the opportunity arises, introduce yourself to any other nurses you meet, but don’t feel pressured to do so at this point.
Now, you can go home and rest.