Are you a provider considering locum tenens work? Unlike permanent positions, locum tenens jobs can require more coordination. If you’re getting ready for a new travel assignment, you may be busy preparing paperwork, making living arrangements and learning about your new position. With so much going on, it’s easy to put safety to the wayside – only to end up dealing with situations that could have been prevented. As you prepare for your next locum tenens assignment, here are some important safety tips to keep in mind:
Organize your personal belongings. Any time you travel, it’s a good idea to organize all your personal belongings, including personal paperwork, banking information and emergency contact numbers. To keep track of all your private information, consider putting all your valuable items together in one place and use common sense when traveling with cash and credit cards. Additionally, you should also take the appropriate safety measures before you leave home, such as notifying your bank of where and when you’ll be going to avoid getting locked out of your account.
Prepare your vehicle. If you’re planning to drive long distance to your next assignment, it’s best to take precaution and get your vehicle fully inspected before your trip. Getting your vehicle’s breaks and tire treads checked, as well as a standard oil change, will reduce the likelihood of an emergency on the road. Furthermore, it’s best to equip your car with an emergency pack, including a first aid kit, flashlight, water bottles and extra cellphone charger. Having these items on hand can be a lifesaver in the event of a car accident or extreme weather conditions that may leave you stranded for any period.
Focus on your personal safety. With so much going on in a transition to a new assignment, it’s easy to forget about the importance of maintaining your own sense of personal safety. As you navigate your new surroundings, being mindful of safety at all times is paramount. Some ways you can be proactive with your safety include researching safe modes of transportation in your new city; ensuring proper safety measures are taken with your living conditions (getting new locks or a portable door stopper alarm); and making sure you have emergency contacts in your phone.
Arming yourself with knowledge about best safety practices will give you peace of mind during your travels, as well as the confidence to explore new destinations with ease throughout your locum tenens assignment.
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