You probably already know that Medical Solutions is loudly proud to be a pet-friendly travel nurse company. But what about bringing human family members along on your journey? Can travel nurses bring their spouses? Can travel nurses bring their whole family on a travel nurse assignment? The answer to all those questions is 100% YES, although there are several things you’ll want to consider and prepare for when travel nursing with family. So, here are some helpful tips for travel nursing with your family to help you ensure that it’s a successful journey for the whole crew!
When to Travel with a Family
Every family is unique, so your level of additional preparation depends on the scope and size of your family. Maybe it’s just you and your partner/spouse hitting the road, or maybe you have children and/or pets in tow, too. Whatever your family structure, you just need to make the right moves at the right times for the collective group.
Your unique family situation will determine the best time to take an assignment with the whole fam bam. For example, some travelers with school age kids may choose to travel as a family solely in the summer months when their kids are out of school, while others may elect to travel together year-round. Others may do a hybrid model, where the whole family comes along for a summer assignment, but the traveler flies solo in the other seasons. Keep in mind that while the average travel nursing job lasts 13 weeks, assignment length can vary widely from as little as 1-4 weeks up to 28+ weeks — and that’s before you even consider assignment extensions, which can help you stay rooted in one place for quite a while.
Often, traveling with infants and/or toddlers looks different than traveling with teenagers, so that’s another thing to consider when making your plans. Additionally, you’ll want to consider how your partner’s career meshes with yours — are they able to work remote or do they have certain peak times when they can’t be on the move?
Bottom line: Regardless of your family dynamics you can absolutely be a travel nurse and bring your family along. You just need to make sure that you carefully plan ahead so the timing is right for you and all of your family members. There’s no one right answer here, it simply depends on what timing fits your family best!
Travel Nurse Family Housing
If you choose company-paid travel nurse housing, you’ll want to work closely with your recruiter to ensure that they can help you with any special requests your family needs — like additional rooms, a garage, pet-friendly properties, amenities, and other factors. Home is where the heart is, and your family’s not merely along for the ride, so you want to make sure to find a home away from home that meets everyone’s needs. This will go a long way in making your assignments more successful and keeping your family in good spirits.
Especially when traveling with your loved ones, you should also make sure that your company factors in safety and security if you opt for company-paid housing. And, even if you decide to take the housing stipend and arrange your own accommodations, ask your recruiter if your company has a housing team that can offer any additional advice, tips, or discounts.
Travel Nurse Family Benefits
Similar to housing — and this goes for any traveler with a family, even those who travel alone — you should collaborate with your recruiter and/or your company’s benefits team to ensure that you’ll have all of the right benefits in place and that you’re taking advantage of all the benefits travel nursing affords you.
For example, Medical Solutions offers day one medical, dental, and vision benefits with several plan tier options and an HSA so you can customize to your family’s exact needs. You may also want to consider some of our voluntary traveler benefits to provide your family with additional peace of mind. And you should definitely talk to your recruiter to make sure you’re earning and saving money with our licensure and specialty certification reimbursement, GO Rewards discount program (save money on hotel stays, rental cars, scrubs, phone service, and more), and direct compensation through our 401(k) with company contribution, referral bonus, and loyalty bonus programs.
Education, Childcare, and Healthcare
Especially when you’re travel nursing with kids, you’ll want to proactively plan for things like education, childcare, and healthcare before you head out on your assignment. Before you sign a contract you will want to explore the location’s offerings when it comes to local schools, day cares, and pediatricians. It’s a great idea to reach out to those contacts ahead of time to make sure you’ll have everything in place for your kids, yourself, and your partner when you land in your new location. You don’t want to start a new assignment while stressing out about school enrollment (or a state’s homeschooling requirements, if you choose that path), finding childcare, or where to take your kiddos should a bad cold, ear infection, or other health issue arise. Not to mention, you should have go-to local doctors and/or the nearest urgent care clinic top of mind in case you or your partner unexpectedly get ill. And, if your family includes a pet, the same goes for having a vetted vet at the ready!
Make the Most of Days Off!
OK, so far we’ve reviewed some of the more business-related to dos you’ll need to think about when travel nursing with family. All of that stuff is super-duper important, but, as most wise folks know, the most important thing in life is taking time to make memories with the people you love! It is so important to take advantage of the fun and adventure there is to discover in the many great states you and your family can travel to. Travel nursing with kids and/or your partner opens up all kinds of possibilities for your crew to have a blast and make memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s a quick trip to a café with a beautiful view, a three-day road trip to a nearby theme park, or any adventure in between, take the time and make the memories.
Ready to get started travel nursing with family now or in the future? Be sure to keep your eyes on available travel nurse & allied health jobs at Medical Solutions!