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Travel Nursing With Family – Can You Make it Work?

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If you think you can’t take a travel nursing job because you are married or have kids, you may be surprised. Lots of nurses take their families with them on one or more assignments. Managing a travel assignment and a family may take some planning, flexibility and compromise, but it can be done successfully. There are several things to take into consideration, such as the following:

Traveling with Children

If you have children, taking a travel nursing assignment can be a great adventure, but there are a few factors to think about.

  • Your Child’s Age: When it comes to bringing your kids on a travel assignment, there may be different challenges based on your child’s age. For example, traveling with very young children may be easy, because you won’t have to worry about school, but you may need childcare while you are at work. If you are traveling with a spouse who will be able to provide care, you can cross that obstacle off your list.
  • Schooling: If you have school age children, you have a few options to consider. Home schooling has become very popular and may be a good fit for your family. You could also enroll your child in school at your new location. Lastly, it may be possible to schedule a travel assignment during summer break from school.
  • Personality: Some children adapt well to change while others need a little more time to adjust to a new environment. If your child is a little reluctant to meet new people or needs a set routine, it may be more challenging to take them on a travel assignment, but it’s still possible.

Housing Options

For those who are just traveling with their significant other, a one bedroom apartment may be fine. If you have children, a one bedroom probably won’t be large enough. Keep in mind that you do have some options when it comes to housing. In some instances, you may be able to negotiate your contract and get a bigger apartment.

Instead of taking the housing offered, you may want to consider taking the housing allowance and finding your own place to live. This will give you more options to find the right home for your family.

Pros and Cons

As with most jobs there are some pros and cons to taking your family along as you work as a travel nurse. If your children are school age, one of the biggest cons may be taking them out of their school and away from their friends. Some kids may adapt quick, while others may need a little more time to warm-up to the idea.

On the positive side, your children will get a chance to travel and have new experiences. It is also a great opportunity to spend time together as a family and enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people, which is a great learning experience.

Although there are several factors to consider if you plan to take your family with you on a travel nursing assignment, it can be worth the effort. Sitting down together and working out details is a good place to start. Taking a travel nursing job may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel and live in another part of the country as a family.

What are your must-dos or must-haves for traveling with family, especially on assignment? Comment below!

Contributor Tera Rowland

Tera Rowland is the vice president of Soliant and has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for almost 20 years in public relations, social media, marketing and operations. In addition to Soliant, Tera worked at the Mayo Clinic as an internal communication manager and for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Staffing Association. Also, Tera has served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum as part of the communication committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Florida and has been published in the Huffington Post, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Traveler Magazine, and Scrubs Magazine. Make sure to read the rest of Tera's blogs!