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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Your Assignment

Updated: May 27

Taking assignments just because of the money. When you’re a travel nurse, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new assignment and the promise of a big paycheck. But it’s important to remember that there’s more to an assignment than just the money. You need to consider factors like the location, the hospital, the unit, and the benefits. If you only focus on the money, you’re more likely to end up in an assignment that you’re not happy with.

Traveling to places where there’s no one you know close. As a travel nurse, you’ll likely be traveling to places where you don’t know anyone. This can be a great opportunity to explore new places and meet new people. But it can also be isolating and lonely. If you don’t have any friends or family in the area, it’s important to make an effort to connect with other nurses. There are often Facebook groups and Meetup groups for travel nurses in specific cities. Joining these groups is a great way to meet people and make friends.

Not researching the area and location of the assignment. Before you accept an assignment, it’s important to research the area and location. This includes things like the climate, the cost of living, the crime rate, and the availability of amenities. If you don’t do your research, you could end up in an assignment that’s not a good fit for you.

Here are some additional tips for avoiding these mistakes:

  1. Talk to other travel nurses. They can give you valuable insights into different assignments and locations.

  2. Read online reviews. There are many websites where you can read reviews of different hospitals and cities.

  3. Visit the area before you accept the assignment. This is especially important if you’re not familiar with the area.

By following these tips, you can avoid making these common mistakes and choose an assignment that’s a good fit for you.

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