Your first travel nursing experience can be pretty nerve-racking. Even if you’re an experienced nurse, your first day at a new facility can feel like your first day on the job after graduating, and it can sometimes take time to get adjusted.
But we know you’ll do great, and we’re always here to help. And one of the first questions we get from new travelers is, “What happens after I finish my first travel assignment?”
We’re going to go over a few things that can happen after your first assignment so that you have a better idea of what could happen when you’re done with your first 13 weeks (usually) on the job:
- Assignment extensions. Many hospitals and facilities will offer you the option to extend your assignment once your initial contract period is up. If you like the facility and location, but don’t want to commit to a permanent placement, extensions are a great option. You’ll already know the staff, you’ll know how the facility runs, and you won’t have any catching-up to do.
- Permanent placements. Permanent placements sometimes happen with RTG Medical. If your facility likes you and your work, and are still in need of staff when your contract is up, they’ll sometimes offer you a full-time position. Your recruiter can help get your transferred over to a full-time position if this is an option, and even better, you’ll be in a great position to start since you’ll already have a good amount of time on the job.
- New assignments. Some travelers like the experience of moving all over the country and working at a wide variety of hospitals. If you’re longing for the open road, don’t worry–we can help get you placed at a different facility. Let us know your preferences, and we’ll do everything we can to get you put in the right place!
- Vacation. Here’s something you may not have thought about–vacation. Many travelers space out their next assignment so that they have time to relax and go on vacation before they start at their next location. If this is something that interests you, let us know. We can help space out your next assignment so that you have time for that next road trip or flight to the beach.
- Opting-out. Finally, some travelers finish their first assignment and decide that traveling medicine just isn’t for them. If that happens with you, don’t feel bad! Let us know what you’re thinking and we’ll make sure to tie up any loose ends. If this happens to be the case, we’re just glad that we got to work with you, and hope that you’ll return to us in the future if you decide that you want to travel again.
One of the great things about being a medical traveler is the flexibility. You have a lot of options once you’re done, and you can try out a lot of different locations before deciding where you want to settle down (if you even decide to, that is!). But no matter which option you choose, you can be sure that your recruiter will be there to guide you through your options once your assignment starts drawing to a close.
Working as a medical traveler is a great experience! And of course, you can’t go wrong in working with RTG Medical.