Common Fears Related to Travel Nursing and Why You Shouldn’t Worry
October 4 / Posted by
Thinking about becoming a travel nurse, but have some fears about what it will be like? Just like any other career, travel nursing comes with its own set of challenges, but that doesn’t mean you need to be fearful! Here are a few common fears we hear from people considering travel nursing, as well as why they’re really no big deal.
What If I Don’t Like Where I’m Stationed?
That’s always a possibility, but you can make the best of even a bad situation! There’s lots you can do to prepare for each assignment, and your recruiter is here to help. They’ll let you know more about the hospital, your living situation, and more! There’s always some great things to be done, seen, and experienced even in a city that you don’t care for. And at the very least, you’ll only be there for 13 weeks!
What If I Can’t Get Consistent Work?
Nurses are in pretty high demand, and hiring travel nurses is a great way for hospitals to fill their nursing needs. The amount of jobs available varies depending on what your specialty is and where you want to end up. If you’re really concerned, you can get a good idea from your recruiter. Ask them about jobs available in your desired location for your particular specialty so that you can get a feel for what’s out there.
What If I Can’t Make Friends?
This is a common fear for any new experience, but you shouldn’t let it get in the way of pursuing something new! There are plenty of opportunities to make new friends while on assignment if you know where to look. You’ll be surrounded by people who share your passion for medicine and helping others, and what could be better than that? Read our helpful article that is full of helpful ways you can make friends on every assignment!
That being said, travel nursing can be a little lonely at the beginning of each assignment, so it’s a good idea to keep yourself busy until you get closer to some of your coworkers. We suggest finding new and interesting things to do in the city you’re staying in. You could also work on developing a hobby or talent, or just catching up on your favorite show or book series!
How Can I Maintain My Relationships With Friends and Family?
We know that keeping in touch with your friends and family back home can sometimes be difficult when you’re traveling all the time, but it’s definitely not impossible! Check out our tips on how to keep up with your loved ones on assignment in our blog post on the subject.
What About My Pet?
Lots of travel nurses have pets. In fact, pets are great travel companions for keeping you company in the early days of each assignment. Having a pet as a travel nurse is totally doable. Read more about this topic and our tips for traveling with pets here.
Still Concerned? Talk to A Travel Nurse.
If you are still worried, the best piece of advice we can provide you with is talking to a travel nurse. There are plenty of travel nurses out there that love their jobs. In fact, you may already be working with some! They can tell you what they love about their jobs, what they find difficult, and what the reality of your fears are. The more people you can talk to, the better, because everyone has a different experience to share!