We can all agree that there are some essential travel apps you should always take on the road with you. As a nurse, you probably also have some great medical apps that can help you out on the job as well. As a travel nurse, you have unique needs for apps that intersect travel and healthcare: apps that can cater to your needs for furnished housing for a 13-week assignment and those to manage your documentation contract to contract. Be sure to add these apps to your packing list ahead of your next travel assignment.
Best Apps for Travel Nursing
- In addition to checking conditions on The Weather Channel app, monitoring traffic along your route in Google Maps, and compiling the perfect playlist for your journey on Spotify, be sure to use RoadTrippers in your trip planning. With RoadTrippers, you can spend some time seeing the sites along the way to your next assignment and get suggestions you may not have otherwise stumbled upon. There are plenty of ways to route your trip between destinations to include national parks, scenic byways, and obscure stopovers. It’s a must for any long-distance road trip.
- Most importantly, you’ll need a place to stay during your travel assignment and sometimes housing options for travel nurses can be limited, especially if you need something affordable, furnished, and pet friendly. Many nurses find luck for short term rentals on apps like Airbnb and VRBO, but if you’re looking for housing options specific for travel nurses, check out Furnished Finder. Furnished Finder is the first housing app geared towards travel nurses and offers 30+ day options to line up perfectly with your next contract or extension.
- It’s hard to know exactly what to do or where to go in your new area. If you’re close to the outdoors, getting out in nature on your day off is always fun. AllTrails can show you trails based on distance, difficulty, and scenery. The app can even show you recent pictures and comments from hikers for condition updates and views from the hike. Another way to try out new activities in your temporary home is with the ClassPass app. This is perfect for the active traveler to try out new gyms and workout studios in your city without an annual commitment to a set place. Choose your level and you’ll get monthly points to use for classes or gym time.
For Meeting People
- Outside of other nurses at work, it can be challenging to create a close network on assignment. Meetup is the perfect way to meet people with similar interests in your area. Whether you’re a foodie or looking for a book club, there are plenty of groups to choose from based on your hobbies. NextDoor connects you with another great network nearby – your neighbors! Once you’ve confirmed your address, you’ll be able to see what’s going in your neighborhood, including events, updates, and crime/safety.
For Staying Organized
- Keeping track of everything while you’re traveling can be stressful. Luckily, there are apps that make it easier to keep track of important documents for your travel nursing career. You can use apps like Expensify or CamScanner to keep track of your receipts for all your living expenses. Nurse Backpack helps you manage your credentialing on the road and can send you notifications to keep you updated on expiring compliance.
Check out travel nurse Rachel Jones’ assignment in Tucson to see some of these apps in action!
What are your favorite apps for travel nursing? Let us know in the comments.