Ask A Travel Nurse: Mail

Ask A Travel NurseGypsy,
Hi! I’m considering going into travel nursing but have a couple things I’m figuring out to see if this would be the best fit.  How does the Travel Nurse deal with the mail?
If I forward it all through the USPS, I should receive everything, right? Thanks for reading this whole message and can’t wait to hear back!!  Sherrie

[quote author=" - Gypsy Nurse, RN"]Sherrie,

There are multiple ways to deal with your mail as a Travel Nurse. Check out this article: Remote Control your mail.  Yes, if you have your mail forwarded via USPS you ‘should’ get it.  The trick is to make certain to address your forwarding in a timely manner so as not to lose anything when moving from place to place.
Travel Tax recently provided a guest article that address some additional issues to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your mail organized. Talking Taxes: Your Mailing Address and State Revenue Agencies
I hope that this helps at least a little bit.  I would encourage you to Join in on the Caravan.  Lots of travel nruses there to help answer your questions and lend guidance along the way!!

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As a travel nursing educator, Candy aka Gypsy Nurse, RN has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working up the ranks from CNA to LPN to RN. For the past nine years, she’s worked as a travel nurse, allowing her to practice and live in 15 states throughout the U.S. She regularly shares advice for those interested in travel nurse jobs on her website at: www.thegypsynurse.com.

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9 Responses to Ask A Travel Nurse: Mail

  1. Katy Blythe says:

    My sister sorts and lets me know what is important, If I need it she mails it to wherever I am at. She also takes care of my car registration and any checks I get she deposits for me. I have a great sister/secretary!

  2. K. Floeter says:

    We use a UPS store for all mail except personal mail from family. We have no family close by that can sort and no “home base”. Have a p.o. box at the Ups store. They will sort our mail WITHOUT a p.o. box number. That means we don’t have to give a p.o. box number to anyone. We get any bills we may have there. Then, we have the UPS store send us our mail when we want it. We also get nursing magazines, nursing info, etc. ….. so we write it off as a business expense. Has worked for three years.

  3. I. Jervis says:

    Regular mail forwarding does NOT guarantee that you will receive everything! I found this out the hard way when I first started traveling over 13 years ago. If a company or business has “return service requested” on its envelope, it will not be forwarded. I had my car insurance cancelled because of this. The bill never reached me. For the past several years I have used Priority Mail Forwarding, which sends everything once a week. And the cost is tax deductible.

  4. A. Nicola says:

    There are several actions you can take to help with your mail. You can use all of the suggestions or just the ones that work for you.

    1. Paperless billing and automatic bill payments to a credit card or bank account. This takes care of most of the important monthly mail.

    2. Remove your name and home address from marketing and credit companies. This will cut down and nearly eliminate the junk mail coming to your house. Here are two websites to start with.
    https://www.dmachoice.org/index.php
    https://www.optoutprescreen.com/?rf=t

    3. Bookmark your favorite mail order companies’ websites and tell them to stop sending paper catalogs.

    4. Do NOT use the change of address or regular forwarding service from the USPS. You will start a snowball effect that may never get sorted out.

    5. Do use the Priority Mail Premium Forwarding Service for everything else. No mail is delivered to your home-base home. It is held at the post office and mailed to you on a weekly basis.

    Hope these suggestions help.

  5. Hey Gypsy,

    Have you heard about the new MTV reality show that is going focus on travel nurses (http://bit.ly/15YqvIM)? I’m a little apprehensive about these nurses are going to my portrayed on this TV show since reality shows are all about drama. What do you think?

    • TheGypsyNurse says:

      We here at TheGypsyNurse.com have been following all of the ‘hype’ about this new series. There is a lot of concern among the industry as to how MTV will show the traveler. First and foremost…the ‘travel nurses’ that they have chosen are all in their 20′s and this is the minority in the travel nursing demographic. We’ll be having much more discussion on this show coming soon…

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