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By September 30, 2011 1 Comments

Travel Nursing Checklist Item #26: Finding the hospital


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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.

About the Author:

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Director at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for over five years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

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  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing!!!

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