4 TIPS FOR MAKING TRAVEL NURSING A FAMILY AFFAIR
A lot of nurses are dissuaded from travel nursing because they say they’ll worry about being lonely and missing friends and family while they’re gone.
We can’t accept that, not when the problem is so easy to solve. If you want to travel with your family, just do it. Traveling with your family is possible and these tips will show you how.
* Trust your recruiter. Your recruiter is your trusted adviser when it comes to making your traveling goals a reality, so look to them to help you again when traveling with a few extra people in your party. Your recruiter can help you find a place with the appropriate accommodations for a full family and even provide you with solutions for things you may not have thought of, like in-house laundry facilities or the proximity of parks, restaurants and other entertainment children will enjoy.
* Iron out those necessary contacts ahead of time. Your children carry specific needs of their own so it’s a good idea to iron out solutions before you go. Finding a good doctor in the area should be priority No. 1, but you may also want to research daycare or nanny options in the area as well in case your children will require supervision while you are working.
* Alter your physical travel plans. If flying has been your transportation mode of choice for your previous travel nursing excursions, we’re making the recommendation you turn this one into a road trip. Why? Because with the full family in tow, you’re going to want a car at your disposal. Routine shopping trips for a full family can be difficult using public transportation, and having the car will open up your options when it comes to family time excursions on your days off.
* What about school? A seemingly paramount question falls to fourth because many travel nurses plan for this scenario ahead of time. Some opt to travel only during the summer when school isn’t an issue. Others choose to homeschool their children during the trip. If neither of these work for you, look to your recruiter again. Your recruiter can help you understand your school options and find the best choice for your children and your entire family.