I’m about to start my first travel assignment and I’m not sure what to expect on my first day. Any tips you can share to help me survive and thrive?

I’m about to start my first travel assignment and I’m not sure what to expect on my first day. Any tips you can share to help me survive and thrive?
July 05, 2019 13:22 PM (GMT-04:00)
Ask Hank

I can really appreciate the sense of anticipation/nervousness that you have about your first day on your new assignment. Let’s review some tips that will allow you to present yourself in the best way possible.

  1. Be on time! Arrive at least 15 mins early. Do a test run the day before if possible.

  2. Make sure you have taken care of yourself by getting a good night’s sleep and eating a good meal before you come to work.

  3. Read over ALL of the information provided to you by the Client. This way you know where to park, what color scrubs to wear, where to enter the facility, and the location you should report to for your first shift.

  4. Present yourself as a professional - meaning be well-groomed and professional looking. First impressions are so important to patients, families and co-workers!

  5. Be warm, friendly, and inviting; smile and greet everyone! Thank the staff for inviting you to be a part of their dynamic team. Explain to them that you want to learn from them since they are the experts.

  6. Remember to offer yourself to volunteer for tasks that need to be done. Always be a team player!

  7. Thank your co-workers for their support and helping you perform the tasks that you need to do to provide safe care.

  8. When in doubt ask questions. For example, “Can you share with me how you do ___________ here at Hospital A? I want to make certain I am following your best practices.”

  9. Be full of confidence! You too have knowledge to share and show. When the opportunity arises, and it will, share your knowledge with others.

  10.  Always say please and thank you! Recognize the staff that is helpful to you. Note cards and public thanks will go a long way. 

  11.  Involve yourself with Unit activities such as: unit councils, team meetings, birthday parties, baby showers, etc.

  12.  Finally, be a team player. Be the best you can be for your assignment. You are representing Cross Country and every other nurse! Build those relationships, friendships, and be a true team player each day. Your positive impressions will make them want to have more Travelers in the future.

  13.  One last thing: a Clinical Manager is available to speak with you 24/7/365 if you need assistance. Reach out to us so we can help you.

In conclusion, I want you to be you! Enjoy this assignment, give exceptional care, make new friends and make us all proud!

I look forward to more questions from our nurses.  Our goal is to make you successful.  Please submit your questions here.   Remember: no question is out of order - send them all my way!

Always remember the words of Florence Nightingale: “I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.”

Submit Your Questions

Bookmark and Share

Real Talk
"CCN has changed the way I look for and find jobs. It's as easy as looking and clicking on my phone. It’s a snap!" - Bob RN Columbus