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How to Prepare For a Travel Assignment in Healthcare

How To PRepare For A Travel Assignment In Healthcare

It’s official! You nabbed that healthcare job and start work next week. Your fantastic interviewing skills and follow through coordinating with your recruiter paid off; now, you can focus on maintaining that stellar first impression and delivering a top notch performance with your new healthcare employer. Here are a few tips from your recruiting team to make your transition more seamless.

  • Arrive before the assignment starts to “get the lay of the land”:

    Instead of showing up the day before your start date, plan to arrive early, settle into your apartment, and do a test run of your commute to the new hospital or clinic. If you have not done so already, ask your new healthcare employer about staff–patient ratios, type of care delivery system, scheduling and floating policies.

  • Create a checklist of questions and answers before your first day:

    Your recruiter keeps you well appraised, but it’s still a smart idea to visit the hospital before your start date. Ask to speak with your new manager about what to expect at Orientation; you will also want to confirm your manager’s contact information, in case you have an emergency or delay reporting to work.

  • Keep an Open Mind:

    Your readiness to accept your travel assignment proves you have an open mind; keep that momentum going and further impress your healthcare employer by showing them you have an above average skill set, extensive experience and commitment to continued education. Subscribing to Healthcare Traveler Magazine and other resources for traveling medical professionals helps keep your morale high!

  • Arrive with work documentation and filing method for your travel receipts:

    Make sure you travel with a current professional license, proof of certifications, health information and immunization/vaccination records. Your resume, letters of recommendation and current contact information should be in an accessible area, as well as backed up on your computer. Take care to save your receipts while traveling for potential reimbursement or tax issues.

  • Keep in touch with your recruiter:

    Before you landed the job, your healthcare recruiter was adamant about keeping the phone nearby and responding to calls promptly. The same applies now. Your recruiter prioritizes keeping in touch with you; he or she will be checking in with you regularly, so be sure to take these important calls and emails. You need to verify your base salary, what to expect in each paycheck during your assignment, details on health insurance, and other important information regarding your benefits.

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When you’re in good hands, it’s easy to stay positive, especially when you have so much to be positive about! You are working in a dynamic new healthcare setting that is fortunate to have you on board! Show your employer how well you adapt to new ways of doing things, and how affable you are to taking on every challenge your healthcare career throws your way. We look forward to placing you in more rewarding healthcare jobs in the future, and wish you both luck and happiness on your career path to success!