In a 24/7 world in which we often feel pressed for time, it’s hard to find a work-life balance, especially when it comes to maintaining a career and a family. With travel nursing, there’s no question that achieving this balance can be even more difficult. However, don’t write off travel nursing just because it will take you away from home. If you have children, here are some things to keep in mind while making the decision to incorporate travel nursing in your parenting routine.
Ages of Your Children
This is perhaps one of the most important things to consider before travel nursing with a family. If you have babies or toddlers, it can be very difficult to be away from your family for 6+ weeks on a travel assignment. But, if you choose to still travel, make sure you have a strong support system at home to ensure your children are being properly cared for while you’re away. If you are constantly concerned about your child care, you won’t perform at your best during your travel assignment, and you’ll end up feeling stressed the entire time you’re away from home. However, if you have a teenager at home who can be left with a single parent or is responsible enough to be left alone, travel nursing assignments are usually much easier to handle.
Frequency of Assignments
No matter how old your children are, it’s important to take travel assignments in moderation so you are not always on the road. Make sure to space out your travel assignments so you have periods of time to be home and reconnect with your children. The beauty about travel nursing is its flexibility, so plan your trips in a way that fits best with your family commitments and long-term parenting responsibilities.
One way to make travel nursing more manageable while parenting is by choosing assignments that don’t take you far. Choosing jobs that are less than 100 miles from home will give you the option to come home during days off and spend time with your family between shifts.
Travel nursing as a parent can be both rewarding and challenging. In considering your travel nursing options, be sure to evaluate your current lifestyle and seek opportunities that work best for you and your family.
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