Staying Safe on Your New Year’s Eve Travel Assignment
If you have chosen to take a travel assignment this holiday season, we don’t have to tell you how chaotic it can be at times. With the big New Year’s Eve celebrations right around the corner, it is important for travel nurses and therapists to plan for the unexpected in order to stay safe throughout the weekend. With New Year’s Day falling on a Monday this year, that opens up the potential for several nights of reveling for the partying crowds. Here are some tips to ensure your safety over this hectic New Year’s holiday weekend.
Expect the Unexpected. While at work over the coming New Year’s weekend, expect things to be out of the ordinary. There are several reasons for that, including the fact that most of the staff will be less experienced as most senior staff will have the holiday off. Secondly, big celebratory weekends often generate busier trauma units. Even if you aren’t working in the ER, you have to be prepared for unexpected staffing changes that may occur to fill needs in other departments. Plan ahead by thinking about the scenarios that may impact your shift and have a plan of action.
Think Like a Local. Because you are a traveler and working out of town, it can be helpful to check out the local events listings that will be happening before during and after your assigned shift. A little bit of homework will give you an idea of what may be happening and when, and help you prepare for whatever happens next.
Don’t Forget About Your End of Shift. Depending on what your work schedule is for the New Year’s Weekend, you will have to take that into consideration when planning your ride home. If you are driving back and forth between your workplace and your travel “home,” refer to the research you have done about local events to ensure your typical route home will be available to you. Many cities block off streets during big holiday events so you should know about these ahead of time. If you have been relying on public transportation for your commute, double check the schedules to ensure they are not on a limited holiday schedule when you need them.
Being on a travel assignment in a new city can be thrilling. Experiencing holidays and big events in different places can teach you a lot about other parts of the country and the people who live there. As with anything, when you are on a travel assignment in an unfamiliar place, it takes a little bit of effort to prepare for the unknown to have a safe and successful 13-weeks. Good luck and best wishes to all of our traveling healthcare professionals for a happy, healthy, and successful 2018 and beyond.
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