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Travel Nursing and Travel Allied Health Guide - Getting Started

February 21, 2021

If you've decided to become a travel healthcare worker, you've taken the first step toward your next great adventure. Once you've taken that step, though, it can be challenging to know where to go from there. We've created this travel nursing and allied health guide to answer some frequently asked questions regarding your first travel assignment.

How Do I Land My First Travel Job? 

If you're new to travel nursing or travel allied roles, it can be a challenge to know where to look to get your first travel job. As with any job search process, it's essential to be sure your resume and credentials are honest and up to date. Be transparent with who you are and what you can do.

There are several travel nursing agencies ready to help you land your next assignment. If you're finding it difficult to choose the right travel staffing agency, check our our guide here.

This provides a resource to you as a job seeker to have a team who's willing to help you navigate the job search stress.

Where Do I Live? 

Understandably, this is a common question among new travelers. Let's break it down into geography and housing to understand your options as a travel medical professional better.


In short, the answer is anywhere!

One of the most significant advantages of travel nursing and allies health is that you get to decide where you're located. Depending on your preference, you can find assignments in large, bustling cities or quaint small towns. Most Assignments last around 13 weeks, so you have the opportunity to explore countless new places throughout your travel career. Take advantage of having a job that allows you to travel.


When it comes to housing for travelers, you have a few options to consider. 

Some apartment complexes offer short-term leases that start at three months. These are an excellent option for healthcare workers with longer than average assignments. You can also find short-term rentals on travel sites such as VRBO and Airbnb. Managing your expenses while on an assignment is another crucial part of the job, so you may want to consider finding a roommate to help with rent.

In many cases, the best place to start looking for housing is through your agency or hospital. They’ve worked with travelers before and likely have recommendations or resources to connect you with travel nurse housing sites and accommodations. 

What Should I Expect on Assignment? 

Getting onboarded as a travel nurse or travel allied health role isn't much different than your typical employed RN or allied health position. It helps to ensure your credentials are entirely up to date and keep in contact with HR leading up to your first day.

Be sure to wear appropriate healthcare uniforms for the facility you’re working in and familiarize yourself with the nature of care you’ll be providing. 

You’ll likely have a day or two of orientation where you get a lay of the land. You’ll meet your supervisors and co-workers, and once you’re up to speed, you’ll get to work. 

Just like any job, there will be ups and downs, but if you invest in your time on an assignment, you'll see why thousands of travel healthcare workers choose this path.

Look No Further Than Advantis Medical

When you apply with us at Advantis Medical, our travel nursing agency will use our network of resources to connect you with exciting opportunities in travel nursing and travel allied health. Working with Advantis Medical means you’ll have a recruiting team operating with your best interest in mind. 

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