Once you and the hospital decide that you are going to work there, you will talk to your recruiter about pay rate, any extra compensation (ie for travel, getting your license in that state, etc) and finalize your contract. You will sign it and be off!!
The company should pay for an apartment and basic housing package for you - be sure to ask if this includes a television as this may or may not be included. You should pack linens, kitchen items, scrubs
, alarm clock, copies of all papers that might be needed for this assignment.....hobby items, reminders of home etc.
A contract can last as short a period as 4 weeks and as long as 13-26 weeks. The standard seems to be 13 weeks, but keep in mind that the hospital may ask you to renew for up to 1 year before you should consider becoming staff or moving on to another assignment.
One thing that has helped me - BEING ORGANIZED!!! I have to keep my things in order so that I can find them quickly both at the hospital and at home.
When you are orienting, remember to be flexible, give yourself time to adjust, be kind to the staff....
Hope that helps all you out there who might be considering travel nursing.
Those who are already traveling, please help me fill in any gaps I might have left out, or tips that you have gathered in your time out there.
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