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How To Avoid The Most Common Mistakes A New Traveler Makes

With an increase in nurses coming into the traveling nurse world, it's important to do your research so you don't make the mistakes that many others have made before you. Here are some tips for travel nurse newbies:

Everyone has to start somewhere and when you're new to travel nursing it can be a lot to take in. It's smart to understand what's realistic and unrealistic in the world of travel nursing. Most importantly you should know what is expected of you and what you should expect from your agency and hospital. It's always better to be over prepared than under prepared when taking your first contract.

Make sure to know what you're getting into, ask questions, join forums, and do your research. So that you can make informed decisions. Don't be scared to tell you're recruiter what you want, communication is key when it comes to the relationship between a recruiter and nurse. Also, check out this related article 6 Questions Every Nurse Should Ask In An Interview

Avoid The Most Common Mistakes A New Traveler Makes

• Understanding and doing your own research on the facility you will be contracted to

• Having an unrealistic understanding of what travel nurses earn

• Not communicating with the recruiter the expectations for compensation, scheduling, etc

• Not realizing that committing to a travel contract means that you are to make every effort to successfully complete the assignment

• Missing out on the opportunity to ask the right questions about the unit/client expectations during the interview

• Not reading the terms of the contract that the nurse is signing

• Not understanding the value and importance of building a good working relationship with their recruiter

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