Are you a travel nurse seeking an adventurous journey with your loved ones by your side? The answer is a resounding YES! Travel nurses can indeed bring their spouses, children, and even pets on their assignments. However, there are important factors to consider and prepare for when embarking on a travel nursing adventure with your family. In this article, we will provide you with helpful tips to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience for your entire family.
Finding the Perfect Time to Travel with Your Family
Planning the ideal time to travel with your family depends on your unique situation. Whether you’re traveling with just your partner or with children and pets in tow, it’s essential to make well-timed moves that suit the whole group.
For families with school-age children, summer months may be the optimal time to travel. Others may choose a year-round travel model or a combination of family travel during the summer and solo assignments in other seasons. It’s important to consider the age of your children as well, as traveling with infants and toddlers may require different arrangements compared to traveling with teenagers. Additionally, if your partner/spouse has their own career, you’ll need to take their schedule and work arrangements into account.
Your recruiter will be your greatest resource in finding assignments and locations that accommodate your family’s needs and preferences. Communicate your situation clearly and consistently to ensure they can find opportunities that align with your desired scenario.
Family-Oriented Travel Nurse Housing
If you opt for company-paid housing, collaborate closely with your recruiter to meet any special requirements your family may have. This includes requesting additional rooms, pet-friendly accommodations, garages, or specific amenities. It’s crucial to find a home away from home that caters to everyone’s needs, ensuring a positive experience for your family throughout your assignments. If you choose to arrange your own accommodations using a housing stipend, consult your recruiter to see if your company has a dedicated housing team that can provide advice, resources, and discounts.
Benefits for Travel Nurse Families
Just like housing, it’s essential to collaborate with your recruiter and/or your company’s benefits team to ensure you have the right benefits in place for your family. DHPL Travels, for instance, offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits from day one, with multiple plan tiers to customize as per your family’s requirements. Additionally, consider the voluntary traveler benefits offered to provide additional peace of mind. Reimbursements for licensure and specialty certification, a traveler discount program, and a 401(k) program with company contribution are some of the benefits worth discussing with your recruiter.
During open enrollment, which typically takes place in October, you can update and modify your benefits choices. For any benefits-related queries or concerns, your recruiter is your go-to contact throughout your assignment.
Education, Childcare, and Healthcare Considerations
When travel nursing with children, it’s crucial to plan ahead for education, childcare, and healthcare. Before signing a contract, explore the schools, daycares, and pediatricians available in your assigned location. Reach out to them in advance to ensure you have everything in place for your children’s education and healthcare needs. It’s also essential to have a list of local doctors and urgent care clinics in case you or your partner require medical attention. If you’re traveling with a pet, find a trusted veterinarian in the area as well.
Clear Communication and Preparations
Whether you’re traveling with a partner or as a family, clear communication and thorough preparations are key to a successful assignment. Here are some tactics to help you set a solid foundation:
- Establish a team mentality. Emphasize that you’re embarking on this journey together as a unit.
- Plan travel routes and discuss new routines as a duo or group before hitting the road.
- Organize your belongings beforehand, separating items for donation, storage, and what you’ll bring along.
- Delegate tasks and involve your partner and/or children in pre-travel preparations to share the workload and make them feel invested in the experience.
- Repeat the delegation process upon arrival and map out your ideas before starting your assignment to manage stress effectively.
- Create personal spaces for each family member within your new home, no matter how small.
- Remind each other of the unique opportunity you have to create lasting memories as a family. With preparation, teamwork, and gratitude, you can make this travel nursing experience unforgettable.
Making the Most of Your Time Off
While there are important business-related aspects to consider when travel nursing with your family, it’s equally crucial to make time for fun and adventure. Traveling with loved ones opens up a world of possibilities to create lasting memories. Make the most of your days off by exploring the exciting attractions and natural wonders of the states you visit. Whether it’s a scenic café, a nearby theme park, or any other adventure, cherish these moments with your family.
Ready to embark on a travel nursing adventure with your family? Keep an eye on available travel nurse and allied health jobs at DHPL Travels. Connect with a recruiter who will become your go-to resource for finding jobs, securing the right benefits, and ensuring your family is well-prepared to hit the road together as a cohesive team.
Remember, with careful planning and a positive mindset, travel nursing with your family can be an extraordinary experience filled with incredible memories that will last a lifetime.