If you are a travel nurse or a frequent traveler there are some important measures one must take to ensure that the living space you’ll be occupying is safe and sanitary. As a traveling nurse you are relocating every 13 weeks or so and it is in your best interest to start a routine for when you first arrive at your temporary residence. Wherever your travels take you, cleanliness is essential to your health, and maintaining sanitary living conditions is a priority.
In most cases, travel nurses are provided with housing and/or given a housing allowance. Before you leave for your new assignment it would be wise to gather as much information on your furnished housing from your recruiter. Ask your recruiter about furnishings, linens and the atmosphere surrounding your new living space. If you have to stay in a hotel, make sure you choose a national chain – these typically have guidelines to keeping rooms clean and could face harsh consequences if done otherwise. There have been many lawsuits in regards to dirty rooms, diseases, mites and bedbugs. Gross. If where you are assigned does not have a national chain of hotels available, try a locally owned bed & breakfast type place. A place with a small amount of rooms available usually translates to being much cleaner than most places you could stay at.
Upon arrival at your new living quarters do a thorough inspection of the space. If you have a digital camera, take pictures of previous damage done, anything questionable that could arise as a problem later (holes in walls, leaks, stains, etc…) take a picture and save it for future reference. Literally check up and down, side to side. If where you’re staying has provided bed linens, remove the bedspread and check the sheets for cleanliness and inspect for fleas, bedbugs, mites… Look for tiny blood spots and black stains. If those are present, you don’t want to sleep in that bed. If you feel your provided housing is questionable at best, immediately call your recruiter and request that you either be moved or have the issues at hand fixed right away.
You lead a mobile lifestyle and implementing these measures into your lifestyle is a great way to make sure you are stay healthy as well as those you come into contact with on a daily basis. By practicing personal hygiene and closely evaluating your living quarters, you’ll protect your own well-being so you can better care for others.