before you leave

Before You Leave on Assignment

Before you leave for a travel assignment, not only do you have to worry about getting all your compliance completed, but you also have to figure out what you should bring with you. My best advice, first and foremost, is to bring as much as you can, because it is better to be safe than sorry.

Knowing the answers to these questions first will help you transition to your next assignment. It will also help with knowing what to throw in the suitcase and what to leave at home.  How long is your assignment? Do you need to pack for a 4-week or 13-week assignment? You can also plan accordingly for a possible extension.

What will be provided at your housing?  
  • Will there be pots, pans, plates, and silverware? Does the kitchen have an oven or stove top? You could invest in a George Foreman Grill if you like to cook at home if it is not provided with housing.
  • Is bedding provided? Remember to pack your favorite pillow!
  • If towels are provided, how many will there be? Always bring extra towels. Grab your favorite body wash, shampoo, etc.
Where is the nearest grocery store?
  • Before leaving for your assignment, check the area you’ll be living in to see where the closest grocery store is. Bring your favorite foods in case the store doesn’t carry it. And check the store hours so that you don’t show up after a shift to discover they are already closed.
How do I handle my bills will on assignment?
  • Are you set up for online payment? By doing this, you don’t have to worry about getting them in the mail.
  • Another option is to have someone back home get your mail and pay the bills for you.
What if I plan on driving to my assignment?
  • If you have a long trip ahead, it does not hurt to have a mechanic look over the car before you leave. The last thing anyone wants is for you to break down on the way to your assignment. Oil change, tire rotation, washer fluid, coolant, etc—make sure it is all checked before you leave.
  • Make hotel arrangements if your road trip lasts longer that a day.

Hopefully the above list will help serve as a reminder for things to remember before you leave for your travel assignment. As always, if you have questions about how to prepare for your trip or what to bring, reach out to your Account Manager!

Jonny Stebbins is an Account Manager with the Skilled Nursing division at Aureus Medical Group.

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