Make this a Great Travel Nurse Contract - The Gypsy Nurse

By The Gypsy Nurse Staff

August 8, 2018

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Step # 22 How to Make the Most of Your Travel Nurse Contract

You have arrived at the contract location and you have 13 weeks to explore your new area.  Let’s look at things you can do to make this a great travel nurse contract.

How to make this a Great Travel Nurse Contract.

You have 13 weeks!  It sounds like a lot of time…beware, your travel nurse contract will go extremely quick.  Don’t put off exploring the new neighborhood.

Check out Local Events

The first thing to do is find out where the local events are posted or published.  There are multiple places that I look to find local events and activities.  Most larger cities have a free entertainment magazine of some sort.  These are generally found at convenience stores, grocery stores, local coffee shops, bars or similar places.  Look near the entrance or ask your co-workers.  Another place to look for local events is the travel nurse community.  A quick Facebook search for the visitors bureau or ‘city events’ should bring up several options of pages that you can ‘like’ and follow for up to date events. Having a great travel nurse contract can sometimes be simply because of some of the activities and experiences that you took advantage of during the contract.

Connect with other Travel Nurses

If you’re looking for other travelers in the local area to hang out with, try connecting to other travelers via our Facebook group!

Plan Ahead

The travel contract will go by quicker than you think. Plan ahead (as the scheduling allows) for fun excursions, activities and events. Invite your co-workers to join you! Time will fly by so don’t put it off and make this a great travel nurse contract.

Leave Town
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Go outside the local area.  Find out what’s around you.  Perhaps there is a unique or interesting town within a days drive.  A national park to explore or an opportunity for a weekend mini-vacation.  Ask your co-workers, the barista at the local coffee shop or the bartender at the hangout bar.  These people are full of information and are generally happy to share. Depending on your scheduling, you could potentially take several ‘weekend’ trips out-of-town.  Schedule them.

13 Week Contract Flow

Figuring out how to fit some fun into your contract can be a little difficult at first.  The first two weeks on contract are generally pretty chaotic and sometimes a little stressful as you begin to acclimate to the new facility and co-workers.  I’ve found that my contracts generally break down as follows:

Week by Week

  • #1 Excitement/Fear/Introductions.
  • #2-4 Learning curve.
  • # 4-6 For me weeks 4-6 are when I begin to fall into a good groove on the job.
  • #6-10 This is prime time to take in the sights.
  • #10-13  This is where things can become monotonous for me.  The great thing is that this is also the time that I am working with recruiters and seeking out my next adventure.

You will fall into your own 13 week flow and figure out where you’re most likely to be able to get out and enjoy the area that you’re in.  One final word of caution….Don’t put it off for ‘tomorrow’.  13 Weeks can pass by extremely quickly. Make sure to make the most of your Travel Nurse Contract.

 

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