By Elena Barker
Whether you’re new to travel nursing or a veteran, you need to be armed with the right tools to help you navigate your travel nursing career. Here are a few of our favorites resources for travel nurses:
Written by Epstein LaRue of the Gypsy Nurse blog, Kay Slane, RN, Joseph C. Smith, EA, RRT, MSTax, and Aaron Highfill, RN, CERN, this book is packed with useful, up-to-date travel nursing advice from industry experts. The book covers a wide range of topics, so you’ll be sure to learn something new no matter where you are in your travel nursing career! If you are interested, you can buy it on Amazon.
The social media universe is a large one, and not surprisingly, there are several traveler Facebook groups out there. Traveler Talk and Travel Nurse Network are two of the largest, both of which have thousands of members. Joining one (or more) of these groups can be beneficial for you, especially when you’re alone on assignment. Plus, you can always ask others for advice or get the down-low on several healthcare staffing companies.
While the travel nursing lifestyle is naturally a nomadic one, that doesn’t mean your life has to be hectic. Whether you need to keep all your travel documents in one place or you’re looking for the nearest gas station while traveling to your next assignment, there’s an app for that. In fact, we’re written about great apps for travel nurses before. For the record, we’re still head over heels for the apps Roadtrippers and Tripit.
If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of professional nursing organizations out there, the American Organization for Nurse Leadership is a step in the right direction. Their mission is “to shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership.” They regularly offer educational online webinars, host professional conferences, and provide career insights.
While any or all of these steps can help you on your travel nursing journey, there are countless resources out there. In fact, here at PPR, we’d love to be a resource for you! If you have any questions about travel nursing, please visit our website or contact us today!