2020 has been far from easy – but one thing is for certain, it truly is the year of the nurses and allied medical professionals. The requests for relief staff throughout Canada continue to rise and as essential workers, you may be wondering what it may look like traveling during these challenging times. That’s where we step in!
Our team at Travel Nurse Canada connected with a few of our Ambassadors who have been actively traveling on contracts the past nine months to provide us with their feedback. We wanted to share with you the insights they provided us – especially since this is the very work you are interested in!
You will be happy to see that even during a global pandemic, our Workation Warriors are still able to take away a lot of positive and rewarding experiences.
We cannot fear the COVID. It cannot hurt us if we stay vigilant and never let our guard down. We as healthcare professionals have the advantage of being highly educated in the transmission of viruses. And can pass our info along.
- If possible, drive whenever you can.
- If driving is not an option, ask if a rental car could be provided.
- Careful when stopping to get fuel, wear gloves, a mask, and sanitize afterward.
- Don’t leave home without topping up the hand sanitizer and car essentials before hitting the road.
- Pack as much of your own drinks, foods, and snacks to avoid additional stops.
- Plan ahead on where you will be stopping for gas, especially in rural communities.
- Bring wipes for the plane to clean all surfaces you may touch.
- Wear an N95 mask on the plane.
- Work with Travel Coordinator to minimize connections/layovers when possible.
- Consider bringing an additional bag for your essentials to limit outings.
- Try to maintain social distancing as best as possible.
- Carry your own PPE while traveling.
- If traveling regularly for contracts, isolate in between assignments.
- Support the small businesses of the towns you work in; be a part of the community (safely).
- Find out the specific rules are for the destination you are traveling to ~ especially rural or remote communities.
- Complete your COVID-19 self-screening survey at the time of booking and before departure.
- More difficult to explore the location, meet friends.
- Being away from family/pets ~ make sure to ask your recruiter for spouse and pet-friendly locations.
- Sharing housing, as specific locations, provide the housing and there is no alternative option.
- Longer layovers or additional connections due to limited flight options.
- Isolating upon arrival into a community but missing some of the household essentials ~ reach out to us if this ever happens.
- Not interested in flying at this time so selecting contracts within reasonable driving distance.
- The opportunity to get to explore (safely) when lots of other things are shut down.
- Experiencing new cultures, communities, and scenery.
- An abundance of appreciation from the sites you are working at.
- Colleagues have all been understanding, supportive and grateful for extra help.
- Experience and growth in your nursing practice.
- Working in new environments with new people.
- Great time to save money for when we can travel for pleasure.
- Walking more, especially to/from work.
- Cleaning up diet habits, as you are eating out less and cooking more.
- The airports and fellow travelers have been very respectful of mask-wearing, hand washing, and social distancing.
- Traveling by air is safer than pre-COVID.
- Supported by Travel Nurse Canada throughout my travels and contract.
I have been flying ongoing throughout the pandemic. My assignments typically have required 2 flights to and 2 flights back with duration of flights 1+hour in air and approximately 4 hour layover time-frame in airport. I have not felt compromised during any of these experiences.
We hope you find this information not only informative but reassuring while you make your decision to book your first or next #workation contract.
If there are any tips or pieces of advice you feel we have missed, we would love to hear your feedback.
We wanted to take this time to thank you again for your service and for showing up during this difficult time. Our team is grateful for your consistent efforts to provide relief through all that has unfolded around us. You really are our heroes!
Safe travels and we look forward to helping you secure your next travel opportunity.