Gearing up for your next travel nurse assignment can be exciting! But nothing can stop your wheels from turning like a missing certification or incomplete form. Learn from the travelers and recruiters who have journeyed before just how to dot your i’s and cross your t’s with these helpful tips when preparing for your next contract.
There are a variety of organizational solutions and apps that can help anyone feel like everything is in its place. Evernote is a favorite because users keep “notes” in notebooks – only digital. Notes can be anything from an immunization record, certification copy, or your “to do” list complete with little check boxes you can mark off! You can tag your notes for easy reference and also use on multiple devices so your important documents can travel with you.
Another user-friendly option is Google Notes and Sheets (think Microsoft Word and Excel) as well as PDFs and photos that can all be saved on a user’s Google Drive for easy organizing and backed up storage. You do need a Google or Gmail account to access Google Drive.
You can expect to need the Basic Joint Commission requirements for the hospital you are contracting with such as copies of current certifications and licensure, driver’s license and immunizations. However, there may be other requirements to secure prior to beginning your contract, so it’s best to find out what all the requirements are early and ensure there is enough time to secure everything you need. There also may be hospital-specific online modules or paperwork to complete well before your start date.
Also be sure to check out our state-by-state licensure guide when selecting your next travel nurse contract. Plan accordingly for “hard to get” states.
Rely on your recruiter and QM specialist early and often. You want them as a favorite on our phone contact list because you will need to communicate openly and honestly. They are there for your questions, concerns, and making sure you have everything you need to get your next contract started on the right foot. Your recruiter also has helpful paperwork tips and tricks to share since they’ve seen a thing or two when it comes to getting cleared for day one.
If you have questions about what documentation you need to become a travel nurse or start a new assignment, contact one of our amazing recruiters today.