ON ASSIGNMENT AND HOMESICK? 8 TIPS FOR COPING AS A TRAVELING NURSE
Every traveling nurse feels it at some point: The pang of homesickness that comes from being away from familiar people and surroundings.
That feeling is perfectly normal, but there are several steps you can take to make yourself feel better when it hits. Here are a few suggestions from industry veterans on how to counteract that feeling of distance.
- Give yourself credit. The life of a traveling nurse involves “putting yourself out there,” and with that adventure comes a bit of emotional risk. Recognize that you’ll occasionally feel uncertain and praise yourself for taking the step anyway.
- Use your technology. Phone, email, text, Skype or FaceTime friends and family, or just get on social media to catch up with the news and events in the place you call home. “It may even help you realize that some separation from the hometown and family craziness can be a good thing,” writes Suzanne Delzio on Americanmobile.com.
- Reach out to new acquaintances. Take the initiative to organize an excursion with or cook a nice meal for new roommates, neighbors or co-workers. You never know who could turn out to be a lifelong friend.
- Embark on your own adventure. Explore an area store, restaurant, cultural attraction or nature spot on your own. Schedule activities or outings that force you to get out of your comfort zone and try new things.
- Work out. Generate some endorphins and sweat out the doldrums, perhaps in a group setting that allows you to meet new people.
- Arrange for family and friends to visit you. They may appreciate the opportunity to see a new area, while having fun with you at the same time.
- Take up a hobby. If boredom is the root cause of your homesickness, you may wish to pursue a new activity that will divert your attention. Consider a new (or previously enjoyed) sport, creative pursuit, area of study or side gig to enjoy in your spare time.
- Schedule assignments around key people. Start choosing destinations based on towns where family and friends are located so you can spend free time bonding or getting reacquainted with them.