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Practical Matters When Starting Your Nursing Travel Assessment

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When you start your first travel assignment, you may be thinking of all the places you want to see in your new city. In addition, you are probably excited to work somewhere new and make new friends. But along with all the excitement of a travel assignment comes a few practical things to consider. Here are a few things to consider before you hit the road.

Notify the Post Office

You don’t want your mail stacking up while you are on a healthcare travel job. There are a few different options for dealing with your mail. If you sign up with the United States Post Office, they will forward your mail to your new location for six months for free. Certain companies also provide a mail forwarding service for a fee. Depending on the plan you select, you can have junk mail sorted out, and the rest will be packaged and sent to a post office box or your new location.

Nursing License

If you are working away from your home state, you will need to obtain a nursing license in your assignment state. Specific state regulations may vary on how to obtain licensure. Your staffing agency and the hospital you will be working for should be able to provide you will the information you need on obtaining your license. Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to process your request before starting your assignment. You do not want to get caught in a situation where you are supposed to start work and are waiting for your license to be processed.


Many travel nursing companies provide direct deposit service, which would allow you to continue banking at your current bank. Opening up an account at your new location is also a quick process and an option to consider.

Securing Your Home

Depending on your current living situation, you have a few options when it comes to leaving your home vacant. If you live in an apartment complex, you may want to inform the manager, you will be away. If you rent or own a home, you can hire a house sitter to take care of things while you are on assignment. If you don’t already have a security system, consider installing one. In addition, tell a trusted neighbor you will be out of town for work, so they can keep an eye on your place.


Depending on how far your assignment is, you may be driving or flying. Either way, packing lightly is your best bet. Shipping what you can ahead of time may make it easier to travel. In addition, you may be able to buy some items once you arrive at your destination.

Care for Pets

If you have pets, you need to decide if you will be bringing them along on your assignment. If you do plan on brining a dog or cat, make sure your new apartment is pet-friendly. Keep in mind that you may also have to put down a pet deposit.

Contributor Tera Rowland

Tera Rowland is the vice president of Soliant and has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for almost 20 years in public relations, social media, marketing and operations. In addition to Soliant, Tera worked at the Mayo Clinic as an internal communication manager and for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Staffing Association. Also, Tera has served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum as part of the communication committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Florida and has been published in the Huffington Post, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Traveler Magazine, and Scrubs Magazine. Make sure to read the rest of Tera's blogs!