End of a Travel Nursing Contract-What Comes Next?

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By The Gypsy Nurse

August 8, 2018



Step #26 Travel Nurse Contract – The Final Week

The end of a travel nursing contract.

As your travel nurse contract ends, it’s time to wrap up everything and get ready to move on. Use these tips for a smooth transition to your next travel nurse contract.

Yeah…you made it through!

At the end of a travel nursing contract, there is always a myriad of feelings.  You may feel relieved if the job was stressful, sad if you met great friends, or excited to get on to the next adventure. You will often feel a mixture of several things during the last week of a travel nurse contract.

No matter what the feelings, it’s now time to move on, and I want to help you make sure that you don’t forget any of the last-minute things that need to be addressed.

As you reach the end of a travel nurse contract, wrap up the following things:

  • For your current housing
    • Arrange your move-out walk-through inspection.
    • Return any leased items or equipment (cable box, etc.)
    • Arrange for hold or forwarding of mail (if applicable).
    • Pack and clean.
    • Donate any unwanted items to Goodwill.
    • Cancel any utilities in your name.
  • Hospital/Facility
    • Return your badge and any other equipment.
    • Get your final time sheet signed and emailed.
    • Obtain a written evaluation (if not already done) and forward a copy to your company.
    • Collect any contact information for those you would like to keep in contact with.
  • For your next location
    • Print out a copy of your signed contract.
    • Call your new housing and confirm the move-in date and arrangements.
    • Check with your company for any last-minute paperwork or other requirements.
    • Get your drug screen completed.

There may still be loose ends with your company that need to be completed.  As your travel nurse contract ends, try to get these taken care of. These items (online testing, physicals, etc.) will be much easier to complete in a stable location rather than once you’re on the road.


Don’t forget to double-check your apartment’s ‘odd’ areas for additional items to pack.  Places to check would include: under the bed, all the cabinets, the dishwasher, under sinks, the inside of the oven, behind the couch/other furniture, all drawers, and the washer and dryer.

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