- Treatment Plan: Hypertravelosis
- Step #1: Determine Why You Want To Travel
- Step #2: What Do You Want/Need Out of Travel Nursing
- Step #3: Where and When Are You Willing to Go
- Step #4: Understanding the Myths
- Step #5: Know Your Deal-breakers
- Step #6: Building your Travel Portfolio
- Step #7: Research Travel Nurse agencies
- Step #8: Submission of Your Profile
- Step #9: Working With Your Recruiter (s)
- Step #10 Prepare For the Interview
- Step #11 Preliminary Contract Negotiations
- Step #12: Determine if The Job is A Good Fit
- Step #13: Sealing the Deal
- Step #14 Getting Ready for The Journey
- Step #15: Packing for the Travel Nurse
- Step #16: Prepare Your Vehicle
- Step #17: Keeping Track of the Paperwork
- Step #18: Make It A Great Road-Trip
- Step # 19 Arrival on Location
- Step # 20 Settling In (unpacking and finding the necessities)
- Step # 21 The countdown Begins: Your Travel Nurse Assignment Day One
- Step # 22 How to Make the Most of Your Travel Nurse Contract
- Step #23 Travel Nurse Contract – 8 Weeks to go…
- Step #24 Travel Nurse Contract – 4 Weeks to go…
- Step #25 Travel Nurse Contract – 2 Weeks to go…
- Step #27 Travel Nurse Contract Evaluation – Wash, Rinse, Repeat…
- Step #26 Travel Nurse Contract – The Final Week
You’ve made it through 9 weeks of your Travel Nurse Contract – 4 weeks is all that’s left! Congrats! There is a lot to keep you busy during the next 4 weeks so I hope you are ready.
In Step #23, we discussed some questions for you to begin to ponder. Hopefully you have read and followed step #23. If not, go back now and take a look at it and give the questions there some thought.
In this step, we are going to assume that you want to continue Travel Nursing and are ready to take the next step toward your next Travel Nurse position. This is always an exciting time for me. I love the hunt, the excitement of exploring my options and the thought of going someplace new. I think it’s almost like a drug for me…something that I crave and thrive with. Hopefully you share some of these same feelings.
Some guidelines for the next 2 weeks to keep you moving in the right direction:
Contact your Recruiter(s)
- Determine if you would like to continue to work with the same company. Did you have any issues? Were they receptive to your needs? Was the contract fulfilled (from the company end) as you expected?
- If you haven’t notified your recruiter (s) of your decision to continue and seek a new position you should do it now.
- If you have decided to extend your contract; it’s prime time to set pen to paper and finalize this. (We will discuss more about contract extensions in another post).
- Hopefully you have an idea of what you want from your next contract or where you would like to go. This is the time to seriously determine your preferences for your next contract.
- Look at a calendar! Map out the time-frame that the next contract would cover and make certain that there aren’t any dates/activities that would conflict. (ie Best friends wedding, birth of child in the family). If there are conflicting dates, make certain to inform your recruiter (and whom-ever you interview with) of these dates and make sure that the time off is detailed in your final contract.
- Depending on when you want to start your next contract (are you taking time off in-between), you should start submitting for open positions.
- References: If you haven’t obtained personal references yet (as we discussed in Step #23)…do it now! These are invaluable for your portfolio. Even if you have decided to extend your contract…get these references NOW.
- Interviews: You may have several of these in the next two weeks. Be available and prepared.
- Licensing. If you are going to a location where you are not licensed, you need to begin the licensing process.
- Over the next two weeks you should be confirming a contract. Making final decisions and beginning to make travel plans.
- Make certain that all of your certifications are up to date.
- Fit in the last few ‘experiences’ or local haunts that you have been putting off…you are almost out of time!
If there are people that you have connected with and would like to keep in touch with, make sure you have their contact info. Phone, email, FB, etc.
Living as a travel nurse, there is rarely time to put the job-search totally out of mind. It’s a busy lifestyle. In time, you will develop your own flow and timing. In the meantime…enjoy treating your Hypertravelosis and travel on….
Owner at The Gypsy Nurse
As a travel nursing educator, Candy aka Gypsy Nurse, RN has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working up the ranks from CNA to LPN to RN. For the past eight years, she’s worked as a travel nurse, allowing her to practice and live in 14 states throughout the U.S. She regularly shares advice for those interested in travel nurse jobs on her website at: www.thegypsynurse.com.