Here is our "I wish someone had told me about the first day" list. It isn't meant to discourage you but instead make light of what happens to all of us…...
1. You will feel lost.
2. Finding supplies will take awhile and it will be frustrating.
3. You won't know anyone. Then after you do meet people you'll feel bad because you'll forget their name after hearing 30 other new names all within the same morning.
4. Charting will feel like death if it's a system you've never used. Stick with it, each day becomes easier.
5. You'll feel bad for asking the permanent staff so many questions. Over and over and over again...
6. You'll question why you decided to take a new assignment.
7. Patients and family members may look at you sideways thinking you're completely lost. Acknowledge you are, but that you're very capable of caring for them or their loved one.
8. Be prepared for the repetitive 20 questions from all of your new coworkers. For example, where you're from, where you've been, how their facility compares to others, pros & cons of traveling, etc.
9. Realize the IT Help Desk analyst may become your best friend after solving all your access issues. You're not the only one it has happened to.
and above all….
10. These frustrations will be short-lived in comparison to the amazing adventure of your current assignment. You'll soon experience new places, possibly meet lifelong friends and make memories that will last a lifetime.
At the end of the day, laugh it off and do a handstand!
We promise after your first day everything becomes easier. Just remember to smile-- you're now a travel nurse :)