Whether you are on your first travel nursing assignment or twentieth there is nothing more important than getting a good night’s sleep before your first day. Actually you need great sleep before each shift too, but for this post we are just focusing on your first day of an assignment.
Your first day at your travel nursing job will set the tone for the rest of your assignment. It is when will you need to learn the most. It is when first impressions of you will be made. And it is probably going to the most stressful day you face, merely because of the unfamiliarity and unknowns surrounding it.
Most likely your first day will consist of some sort of orientation. How extensive that orientation is depends on the hospital . In some cases your orientation may be brief and on the same day you actually start working on your unit, while others the orientation may be more thorough and will be all you will do that day. Either way though, having a great nights sleep is the best way to ensure that you will be prepared for the day. So take the time to establish a quality bed time routine as soon as you get to your new location.
Getting a good night’s sleep in a new location can be difficult so it is important to create a routine that is as similar to what you would do at home as possible. Here are some articles full of advice just for helping travel nurses get the sleep they need.