You received your next travel nursing assignment–and it’s in New York! There is one very important question. Where will you stay? For many, housing is the most important part of the package. Whether you dwell alone, or you have a family, ensuring that you have a guaranteed place to live for the duration of your assignment is crucial. Luckily, White Glove Placement has some advice to offer for travel nurses concerned about housing options in New York.
How am I going to afford housing?
Housing for travel nurses can be paid for directly or through a stipend. You must decide whether to find your own housing or to allow your agency to place you in housing. Agency-placed housing is convenient when you are not too picky about your accommodations. Most agency-placed housing comes fully furnished and is free, including most utilities (except for cable and internet). This eliminates the stress of searching for your own place and also saves you money. Landlords may also be more attentive since they are primarily trying to please the company instead of the individual tenants.
The situation gets a bit more complicated if you choose to find your own housing. Agencies will offer a housing stipend if you search on your own. You may run into problems if you cannot find anything in your price range. This means more out of pocket costs and more stress. Finding housing that allows a short-term lease can also be tricky. Sites such as Craigslist and Apartments.com can help you find an option that fits your needs. However, sites such as housingtravelnurses.com or travelnursingcentral.com may better suit you since they are tailored to travel nurses. On the plus side, choosing your own housing allows you more flexibility and more choice in where you live. Also, you might find a great deal and save some of your housing stipend.
I found a house that works for me. Now what?
Finding a house is just the first step. Before you commit to a living arrangement, you must research the area. Is the commute from home to work reasonable? Is it close to all the amenities that you need? Can you get around the area easily? Is the neighborhood safe? All these questions should be answered before you sign on to live in an area for a long period of time. It is important to make sure that you’ve picked an area that you feel comfortable calling home.
Okay. I’ve found a house, and I like the area. Can I accept the offer now?
No! You also need to research the hospital that you are assigned to. Make sure that the environment is a good fit for you. The Internet is a great resource for this. Look on nursing forums and read lots of reviews. If the reviews seem positive, give it a shot. If the reviews are negative, you may want to reevaluate whether you want to take the assignment. Remember that, while you take care of others for a living, you also need to take care of yourself. Don’t put yourself in a situation that you will regret later.
Where am I most likely to be placed?
This really depends on the agency that offers you the assignment. Different agencies work with different hospitals, so you could be placed anywhere in the New York area. You are assigned to the facility that needs the most help. This could be anywhere from one of the major hospitals in New York City to a small nursing home in one of the surrounding suburbs.
If you work with White Glove Care, we take care of housing for you. You will be placed in a fully furnished home in one of New York’s trendiest neighborhoods with plenty of access to amenities and entertainment. We know that you work hard. You deserve a stress-free, enjoyable experience when not on call. Contact White Glove Care today to get started on your path to a travel nursing career in the greater New York area!
Friends and Family
If you have friends or family that have place for you (you lucky dog you) that’s an optimal place for you. You can always adjust your living space after you’ve had a chance to get to New York and situate yourself.