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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.

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About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions and am going on my 3rd year as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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