You’ve just found your dream job! Congratulations! You’re loving the terms. You’re ecstatic about the city! You want to marry your recruiter, you’re so thrilled! Go on, do that happy dance! ….Uh oh, you’re stopping. You’ve got that look in your eye… What’s that, you say? There is so much to do? Stay cool. Don’t let excitement slip into panic. Here are some concrete things to tackle as you prepare for this big life change. You got this!
Take the local pulse
You might not be there yet, but you can take the pulse of your destination by getting online. Social media is a great way to connect with the locals. First off, tell everyone you know about your plans. You might discover you have a third cousin there or find a friend-of-a-friend who will help you on the ground. These connections could lead to finding new pals, nailing great apartments, uncovering awesome neighbourhoods, locating the best taco stands, or pinpointing whatever’s important to you.
“Take the pulse of your destination by getting online.”
Second, reach out to your future community. Look up local chapters of nursing associations and local nursing groups on Facebook. Introduce yourself and ask questions about their experience. Third, spend some time searching for extra-curricular groups or volunteer opportunities. There may be a knitting group, softball team, or Big Brothers and Big Sisters with your name on it!
“Look up local chapters of nursing associations and local nursing groups on Facebook.”
Do your paperwork
If you’re changing states – and if you haven’t already – you need to sort out your license. You can find state boards via the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Get in touch with your new state and see what’s required for a nursing license by endorsement. This can take up to a couple months, so don’t wait! It’s also wise to tell your current state that you’re leaving. Of course, if you’re in one of the 33 Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) states you’re covered with your multi-state license, but only for a temporary position. If you stay in your new state permanently, you need to apply for endorsement.
“Get in touch with your new state and see what’s required for a nursing license by endorsement.”
On the topic of admin, spend an afternoon making a few calls to your bank, mobile provider, and health insurance company to see what you need to organize. And once you have a new address, be sure to set up mail forwarding and change your address with anyone who needs to know or sends you mail. Don’t miss that birthday card from your Great Aunt!
Consider all your moving options and book early. Are you renting a moving truck? Buying a trailer? Getting your sister to help? Hiring a team of movers while you sit on a plane? Your approach will probably depend on your contract and what’s on offer. Moving can be expensive, so be sure you’re clear on what is in your terms. If your contract doesn’t include moving expenses, be sure to keep receipts – you can deduct your moving expenses later. Finally, if you’ll be hitting the road in your own car, it’s advisable to tune that baby up!
“If your contract doesn’t include moving expenses, be sure to keep receipts – you can deduct your moving expenses later.”
Pack it up!
You’ve lined up your new pad, your truck, and have a moving date on the calendar. Now pack it up! Everyone has their own style of packing and what you take will likely depend on the nature of your contract. If you’re a travel nurse, your accommodation may be organized and furnished. But be sure to find out just how furnished it is. If you’re truly moving house, this is a great time to purge. If you need to get all Marie Kondo and thank the things as you toss them – fine – but in any case, take the opportunity to consider your material baggage and lighten the load.
“Take the opportunity to consider your material baggage and lighten the load.”
As for logistics, labelling boxes by room will really help when you get to your new place. And indicate when a box is important. You’ll thank yourself the morning after your move when you see that big red “x” on the box with the coffee maker.
Of course there are things NOT to pack. Keep important papers with you. Your nursing license, insurance papers, recent bills, job and moving contract details, and banking information should ride with you.
“You’ll thank yourself the morning after your move when you see that big red “x” on the box with the coffee maker.”
Close the chapter
Finally, think of a meaningful way to say goodbye and commemorate the job you’re leaving. Bring in a cake to work! Ask colleagues to sign their names on your scrubs. Invite them out to a night of karaoke! These sorts of rituals are as much for you as they are for your colleagues. Or if that’s not your thing, make time to find a quiet place by yourself to say goodbye and thanks for the memories. Soon there’ll be no looking back. Dream job, here you come!
“Think of a meaningful way to say goodbye and commemorate the job you’re leaving”
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