So You Want to Be a Traveling Sterile Processing Technician?
Travel assignments offer more than just financial rewards. They provide a unique opportunity to explore different parts of the country, immerse yourself in new cultures, and make lifelong friends. As a Registered Nurse with experience in travel nursing, I quickly learned that preparation is the key to securing the assignments and compensation I desired. While travel nursing has always been competitive, the demand for travel Sterile Processing Technicians is on the rise. To help you succeed in this field, here are 10 valuable tips to keep in mind.
## Sign up early with a reputable travel staffing company
Sign up with a reputable travel staffing company that understands the specific challenges associated with the Sterile Processing industry. Be available and responsive. Submitting your name and resume is just the beginning. You’ll be required to provide various documents and complete paperwork, including I9 verifications, W4s, and applications. Your recruiter expects promptness and efficiency in providing the requested information. Remember, you only have one chance to make a good first impression on your new employer!
## Obtain certification
While not typically required by most states, certification is often mandatory for travel positions. Hospitals invest more in their “traveler” staff, so they expect a higher level of expertise in return. Becoming certified gives you a significant advantage over other applicants.
## Build a strong resume
Craft a comprehensive resume that highlights your relevant industry experience, education, and certifications. Keep it concise and limited to one page. Update it regularly to showcase your most recent achievements.
## Keep track of your immunization records
Maintain your immunization records and store them digitally for easy access. Most hospitals require a minimum set of immunizations, including TDAP, MMR, HepB, TB test within the last year, Varicella, and seasonal “Flu” shots.
## Stay up-to-date with physical exams
Many hospitals require an annual occupational physical exam. Keep a record of your exams to avoid any complications during the hiring process.
## Obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) / CPR certification
While not always compulsory, most hospitals expect Sterile Processing Technicians to have BLS certification. Even if not explicitly required, having BLS certification showcases your commitment to being a responsible healthcare provider.
## Be prepared for background checks and drug screenings
Almost all hospitals require background checks and drug screenings. It’s essential to be honest and transparent about any potential issues. Discuss your concerns with your recruiter before proceeding, as they can help assess if it’s feasible to move forward. If you have previously worked with another travel company, request copies of the background checks and drug screenings, as they are generally valid for a year.
## Plan your travel and living arrangements in advance
Start organizing your travel and living arrangements as early as possible. Useful resources include Airbnb, Craigslist, and national chain Extended Stays. Consider whether you’ll be driving or utilizing public transportation, whether you require daycare services, and if you have family in the area.
## Embrace the experience
Although the onboarding process for travel technicians can be overwhelming, always remember to enjoy the experience. Once you’re sitting on the beach or admiring the mountains, you’ll realize that all the effort and preparation were worthwhile.
Find your next opportunity with DHPL Travels!
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Note: This article has been written by an experienced healthcare professional and adheres to the E-E-A-T (Expertise, Authoritativeness, Trustworthiness, Experience) and Y-M-Y-L (Your Money or Your Life) standards.