HOW TO BE A TRAVEL NURSE WITH A SIGNIFICANT OTHER
Travel nurses explore the country while working in hospitals and medical centers. These nurses have a lot to consider. First, you need to determine where you are going to go and what you are going to do for housing while you live in that location. How about furniture? Where is your temporary home in relation to your job? Who do you contact about utilities? Does your temporary home allow pets? Does it make sense to bring a car, and if so, how do you get the car to this new location?
This is all a lot to consider but traveling nurses that have a spouse or significant other face another very unique set of challenges. At OneStaff Medical, we have a few tips for nurses with spouses who want to try travel nursing.
What Does Work-Life Look Like in the New Location for Your Partner?
Before you make the decision to be a travel nurse, you will want to be very open with your significant other about what you want to do. Is your spouse going to stay back while you are on the job? Do you hope they can travel with you? If they are coming with you, will they need to find a new job, or can they work remotely?
Traveling together can be an excellent bonding experience, but you don’t want your significant other to end up bored and resentful while you are on the job. For this reason, it is a good idea to talk about potential destinations and what your partner will do while you are at work. Is your partner going to work? If so, are they able to keep their current job and work remotely? Can they find a temporary job in your new location? Can they find a work-from-home job?
If your partner must quit their job to travel with you, this can be a very tricky situation. Finding temporary positions in each location might be an uphill battle. However, not every couple can completely sacrifice one partner’s income. You might be able to find a temp agency that can help place your significant other in a position at a job for the time you are going to be living in that particular area.
For some couples, it makes more sense for the travel companion to work jobs like Uber or Rover to help with finances without requiring the significant other to constantly be on the search for a new job in each location.
When money isn’t an issue, many significant others choose to not get a new job at each location. While this works for people, it won’t work for anyone.
In other instances, spouses are able to continue their current jobs and work remotely in the new location. It might take a little time to figure out what works best for your unique situation.
If your significant other is also a nurse, you might be able to make arrangements that take you both to the same location. These opportunities can be hard to find, but you might be able to swing it if you are willing to be flexible in other aspects.
What If Your Significant Other Stays Behind?
If your spouse isn’t going to travel with you, it is a good idea to set expectations prior to your first assignment. It is important that you agree to a visiting schedule or a location that isn’t more than a certain distance away to make things work. Long-distance can be an added strain on a relationship, so it is a good idea to discuss boundaries before any assignment is accepted.
Making a point to talk to each other and visit frequently will be the best way to keep your bond strong while you are away from each other—especially if you take on multiple travel assignments each year.
How Will You Spend Free Time?
The best part of travel nursing is exploring new areas. Since you are traveling together, determine a few places that you would both like to travel to. It is also important to remember that you and your significant other might have different ideas for how you should spend your time exploring new cities and states. If one of you enjoys exploring the great outdoors while the other likes exploring the history and culture in a region, it is a good idea to find a way to balance how you spend your time in each location.
How Will You Handle Moving?
Constantly moving can be extremely stressful for a couple. When you have to move every few weeks, it can feel like you shouldn’t even bother unpacking. Moving furniture is a huge burden, but it is also nice to have your own stuff at each location. Shipping your belongings, including cars, can also be very expensive. Plus, renting tends to cost more than paying a mortgage on a similar property, and you also have to worry about security deposits with each move.
Some assignments will come with temporary housing options or a stipend to help you pay for a place to live. You and your partner might be able to find a place that costs less than the stipend, which allows you to pocket the remaining money for whatever else you may need while you are in that location.
Often, you have to move within a very quick timeframe. It is a good idea to discuss what you want to do and how you will choose a place to live as a couple before accepting an assignment.
How Will You Find Assignments?
For many travel nurses, the easiest way to find assignments is to work with a travel nurse recruiter. A recruiter can take all of your needs and wants and find the best matches for your unique situation. At OneStaff Medical, our recruiters focus on building relationships with nurses to help better understand what they are looking for in a placement. To work with one of our recruiters, contact us today at 877-783-1483.