18 Jul Travel Nursing with a Family
When most people think of travel nursing they picture young single females. As if these are the only people who want or can drop everything and move somewhere new. But that’s just not true! It may be quite the adjustment but even nurses with spouses and children can make the switch to traveling. So, what should you expect?
When you first start travel nursing with a family it may seem quite overwhelming. You are leaving your comfort zone and headed to the unknown. This is why location is important to consider. Focus on picking a location that you feel comfortable and safe with. If you have children focus on places where you would feel safe and secure with your kids. The longer you are a travel nurse the more comfortable you will become with the unknown. Thus, the more adventurous you will become when it comes to picking your next placement. Try to pick a location that suits you and your family, such as a place you have always wanted to live. Who knows, you may just find a new place to call home!
If both you and your spouse work finding a new daycare or nanny is a high priority. To ensure childcare will be ready upon your arrival make sure to check out your options ahead of time. An easy way to connect with people in your future town is through travel nursing Facebook pages. Before you start, join a group for your new area. Ask other nurses if they have suggestions or if anyone they know does. Fellow travel nurses understand your situation and will be able to offer advice on places and people they loved and trusted with their children.
Traveling with kids may seem doable with toddlers but what happens when they reach school age? Many travel nurses choose to homeschool their children while some focus on a more alternative way of living. If someone is at home during the day homeschooling can be made incredibly easy. While children are still relatively young some families choose to use outdoor excursions as a form of education. Moving around offers countless opportunities for children to grow and learn through nature, different cultures, history, and so much more. There are plenty of resources for all types of education so it’s important to do your own research and discover what will work best for you and your family.
One of the best ways to explore your new home is through activities. Whether that be hiking, walking, trying new cuisine, or living as the locals do, being active is something the whole family can get behind. If your family loves to bike, explore the city on a bike tour. If you love museums, find a local museum that also has activities for your kids. Considering you are a travel nurse chances are you are ready for an adventure. The activities and attractions of a city can also help you choose where you want your next placement to be. Be sure to look for locations that offer you a plethora of options for you and your family to enjoy together!
Travel nursing is completely achievable with a family. Will it be difficult at times? Yes. Will it be worth it? You bet! There are quite a few logistics to consider before making the jump to a full time traveling family. But the only question you’ll be asking yourself is “why didn’t we do this sooner?”.