Travel Nursing Assignments Things to Do Between Assignments

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By Medely

September 14, 2023



6 Things to Do Between Travel Nursing Assignments

Medely provided this article.

When you’re a travel nurse, it can be challenging to hone in on what you must focus on to recharge your batteries, prepare for the next contract, and nurture the important relationships in your life. We’ve prepared a list of things you can do or focus on between contracts to make the most of your time. 

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Prioritize things that bring you joy.

In the busy, exhausting world of travel nursing, you often don’t have time to pursue the hobbies and interests that you would like to. Take the time between contracts to pursue new or existing hobbies like picking up an instrument, reading a book or a book series, or finally finishing that art project you’ve meant to complete. 

Harvard University has a handy guide to finding joy or, at the very least, peace during difficult times. 

Spend time with friends and family. 

FaceTime and texting just isn’t the same. Meeting with friends and family over meals or going to events can help nurture the important relationships in your life. Making time for concerts, sporting events, or just quiet time at home at a small gathering can help you re-energize and re-invigorate the friendships and family connections you missed while on a travel nursing assignment. 

Travel for leisure

Maybe your wanderlust isn’t satiated just yet. Time between contracts is a great opportunity to take a trip for pleasure. Whether it’s a quick road trip to another city or state or something a little more exotic, taking advantage of the time between travel nursing assignments to see the rest of the world is an option. 

Here are some of the best travel apps, according to PC Mag. Use them to find the best deals for flights, lodging, and rentals for your next fun trip. 

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Plan for the year ahead. 

The lull between contracts is a wonderful opportunity to plan for the year or even 18 months ahead as much as possible. Start with your financial and personal goals and see what you can brainstorm. Once you have your list of goals, how can you use travel nursing to your advantage? Is the goal to make more money? Is the goal to be closer to home? Is that goal to see more of the world? Whatever you decide, ensure your goals are attainable, and consider making a budget to add more security to your plans. 

The Gypsy Nurse has a guide to the best budgeting apps to help you meet your goals. 

Pick up extra shifts.

Although some nurses use the time between contracts to slow down and re-energize, there is still an opportunity to work and make extra cash through extra shifts – namely, per diem shifts. Most travel nurses know what per diem shifts are, but for the uninitiated, per diem shifts through a service like Medely are single shifts at participating facilities that need help from accomplished, credentialed healthcare professionals like you. Per diem shifts can be picked up at hospitals and other healthcare facilities needing help to cover patient demand fluctuations or absences. 

Use Medely for travel contracts and per diem shifts. 

Medely has helped thousands of nurses nationwide connect directly with hospitals and surgical centers for travel nursing assignments and per diem shifts. With facilities in over 30 states and shifts and assignments for over 40 roles and specialties, Medely is the premier provider of travel and per diem opportunities for travelers. Travelers love Medely because we provide travel and per diem opportunities in one location. No more bouncing between agencies and other services. 

Click here to create a free Medely account to see opportunities that fit your lifestyle the best. 

See you at TravCon 2023

We would love to meet with you if you’re going to TravCon 2023! Our team of Medelyans will be at Booth #221. We’ll have games, giveaways, and raffles and are sponsoring lunch on Tuesday. To keep up with what we have planned for TravCo, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram. We

Our job board is a great place to search for your next travel nursing assignment. If housing is an issue, we have you covered with our housing page. You can search for what you are looking for.

If you are a new traveler or looking into becoming a Travel Nurse:

Travel Nurse Guide: Step-by-Step

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