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As a travel nurse, preparing for the new year can be a bit different than it is for those in more traditional career paths. With the opportunity to work in different locations and take breaks in between assignments, it can be helpful to have a plan in place to ensure a smooth and successful transition into the new year.
It also can be exciting to dream and set goals for all that the new year of travel nursing can bring into your life. As you approach 2023, check out these tips to help you make the most of all 365 days.
Tips to Prepare for the 2023 Calendar Year
- Reflect on the past year.
Take some time to reflect on your experiences as a travel nurse in the past year. Overall, think about what went well, what could you improve upon, and what do you wish you had done.
Reflecting on the past year is important as you begin to ponder what is next. As a travel nurse, you may have had the opportunity to work in multiple locations, care for a variety of patients, and gain new skills and experiences – so take time to reflect on those 2022 moments and identify where you might see areas for improvement and moments of success. Some questions you might consider as you reflect on your year as a travel nurse include:
What were some of your most memorable moments or accomplishments from the past year?
What skills or knowledge did you gain during your assignments?
What was your favorite city to explore? What’s one city you wish you had taken an assignment in?
Writing down these experiences as a travel nurse can help you gain a deeper understanding of your strengths and weaknesses and give you a clearer sense of direction as you move forward in your career.
- Set goals for the new year.
After reflecting on your 2022 year, take these thoughts into consideration as you brainstorm what you want to accomplish as a travel nurse in 2023. Setting goals will help you focus your efforts and stay motivated throughout the year.
This step is an important part of any career, but it’s especially important for travel nurses as you plan for the new year. The fun part about setting goals is that you can track your progress throughout the year as you work towards achieving your aspirations.
When writing out your 2023 goals, make sure to be specific, make them measurable, set achievable goals, include a timeline, and map them out. Some goals might have multiple steps that will help you reach your destination; some might be crossing a new city off your list.
No matter how large or small, write the goal down so you can experience the triumph of crossing it off.
- Update your resume and LinkedIn profile.
It sounds small but keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up to date to ensure that you’re putting your best foot forward when applying for future travel nursing assignments. Be sure to include any relevant certifications or training that you’ve completed, as well as any notable achievements or accomplishments you reflected on over 2022. Updating your resume can help you highlight your skills and accomplishments and make it easier for potential employers to see how you’re qualified for the position.
- Stay current on industry trends and best practices.
As a travel nurse, it’s important to stay current on industry trends and best practices in order to provide the best care possible to your patients. Consider taking continuing education courses or attending conferences to stay up to date on the latest developments in the field.
Researching opportunities like this and marking down important dates will help you achieve something new this year!
- Keep your documents in order.
Never let documents hold you back from starting your next assignment. Make sure that you have all of the necessary documents in order, such as your nursing license, passport, and any other documents that may be required for your assignments. This will help ensure that you’re ready to hit the ground running when you land a new assignment.
Bring on the New Year!
By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to having a successful and fulfilling year as a travel nurse.
As a travel nurse, there are many exciting opportunities that can come your way in 2023 after you have taken the time to prepare for the new year. By setting goals, updating your resume, staying current on industry trends and best practices, and keeping your documents in order, you’ll be well-positioned to take on new and exciting challenges as they come your way.
You never know – this might be the year you travel to Hawaii or the year you take the leap into a new specialty you were afraid to take. Let your goals challenge and excite you!
Travel with GIFTED Healthcare
GIFTED Healthcare is here to help you reach all of your goals in 2023. If you plan to spend 2023 as a travel nurse, connect with a recruiter and let them know where you want your career to take you this year.
Our job board is a great place to search for your next travel nurse assignment. We have you covered with our housing page if housing is an issue. You can search for what you are looking for.