The field of travel nursing is fascinating for many. However, when it comes to relationships, things can get a bit challenging. Travel nursing involves many months away from home, different working hours, and continually moving from one city to another. These are things that can put pressure on couples. If you’re determined to make travel nursing as a couple work for the both of you, keep reading.
When You’re a Travel Nursing Couple
In an ideal situation, you both are travel nurses, which means you both understand the perks link to the career, as well as the downsides. When you’re both travel nurses, it’s easier to navigate the system to make it work.
While challenging, you could try to find assignments that help you be closer together. In this case, it’s best to work with the same travel nursing agency, as they’ll be able to work with both of you in finding the right type of assignments.
However, you also want to be flexible about the arrangements. In a perfect world, you’ll both have the same shift. But, in most cases, you’ll have to be a bit more flexible on shift hours if you want to have a higher chance of finding the same hospital or city.
Finally, be open about your plan with the agency. Let them know that you’re interested in finding an opportunity alongside your partner. If you’re both excellent nurses, it will be to their advantage to hire you both. As always, be flexible about the options. Just finding a job in the same city should be enough to help you make it work.
Arranging the Housing
One of the perks of being a traveling nurse couple is that you get to save on housing. There are many options to choose from. Some travel nursing agencies, have housing options, and are more than happy to assist you in finding a home for your assignments.
One of you can accept the housing offered by the agency while the other accepts stipend housing. This is an excellent option if you share your income. If you don’t choose the house by the agency, you can still find a tax-free housing stipend and split the cost of the rent.
Again, if you’re working with the right agency and the right recruiter, arranging housing as a traveling nurse couple won’t be an issue.
When Only One of You Is a Travel Nurse
In the case that only one of your works as a travel nurse, things can get a bit more challenging. As you probably already know, travel nurses have very flexible schedules and living arrangements. Fitting a couple-situation into this scenario requires a compromise on both ends of the relationship to make it work.
Someone Has to Compromise
Thankfully, travel nurses have a fantastic salary, health benefits, and other perks through their employment. One could say it’s enough for the other partner to leave their job and choose to travel with their partner on their assignment. In this case, someone has to make a compromise and decide if that’s what they want to do.
The partner without the job can become the travel assistant of the relationship. While so many agencies work with travel nurses to make their assignments as smooth as possible, it’s nice to have someone you trust help with all the travel arrangements. They can be the travel support person, who takes control of some of the logistics involved with moving to a new city, working at a new place, and so on. Plus, this will also give them a sense of purpose in your assignments.
Look for Alternative Options
Thanks to the new gig-based economy, non-travel nurse partners can also be productive and generate income. With ride-sharing apps, delivery services, and other gig-based jobs available, they don’t have to rely on a specific employer location to have a job.
Talk with your partner and see if they’d be interested in taking on some of these jobs while you’re on assignment. Hopefully, your salary as a travel nurse covers both of your expenses, so whatever your partner gets through their gigs is an additional income you both could use.
While challenging, traveling nurse couples can still live a normal lifestyle and enjoy their relationship without compromising their career. Working with a trustworthy and flexible agency is the key to making it work. If you still have questions about becoming a travel nurse as a couple, contact our representatives. They are always available to help answer any of your questions.Read More
Whether you’ve been working as a travel nurse for years or you are just entertaining the idea, travel nursing blogs will have everything that you need. These blogs give you a peek into the life of a traveling nurse through various topics and stories. Below you’ll find a list of some of the best blogs, packed with helpful advice and information. With these resources, you’ll have answers to questions that you didn’t even know you had.
When you go searching for information you are sure to come across The Gypsy Nurse. According to their site, it’s “the #1 most-recognizable brand in travel nursing today.” The website is easy to navigate because it is broken down into simple categories: a job board, resources, articles, reviews, events, and a community page. After signing up, you can access any of these pages. The articles tab is one of the most helpful. The page is updated often, and the articles range from “5 Things To Consider Before Quitting A Difficult Assignment” to “Travel Nurse Pets On Assignment.” Besides the blog posts being detailed, they’re also very personal. A majority of them use real photos and real life stories, providing an in-depth, realistic look into the lives of a travel nurse.
The traveling nurse is run by a travel nurse and is filled with plenty of stories, photos, and tips on how to give back while you’re a travel nurse. K Chandler Rosemont, the primary author, gives specific examples of philanthropy on the road, like being able to provide a Kenyan hospital with new scrubs. She has traveled to two countries – India and Kenya. On top of this, Rosemont also runs an Instagram that has amassed quite a following. Just by looking at her aesthetically pleasing photos, you’ll want to hop on your next assignment!
American Traveler’s travel nurse blog is a bit more on the traditional, information side. However, just because it may not be the most aesthetically-pleasing, doesn’t mean it’s not helpful! This particular blog posts extremely relevant information – like how the Coronavirus is affecting traveling nurses or what shoes are most comfortable during your shift.The blog has been active since 2015, so it has plenty of content to browse through.
A huge plus to Travel Nursing Blogs is the ability to “ask a travel nurse!” On this specific page, you can ask any question you may have. Questions are answered by David Morrison, who has two-decades-plus of travel experience. In addition to answering questions on the blog, Morrison actually wrote the Travel Nurse’s Bible, a book that acts as a detailed guide for a traveling nurse.
On the other hand, if you have questions specific to housing, you can submit a question to Jill Budler, who is the current Director of Housing at Medical Solutions.
If you’re hungry for adventure, this is the blog for you. Off The Clock Nurse focuses a bit more on the travel side of things. Each post outlines a different adventure that the author was able to take while travel nursing, like visiting Oregon’s Tulip Festival. Browsing through the blog gives a great idea of some of the activities and trips you can plan while traveling. Each post describes the respective trip, with plenty of photos. Use it to help plan your own trips, find out the best restaurants to eat at, and read about some of the highlights of being a traveling nurse.
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One of the most appealing aspects of traveling nursing is the ability to explore. Kansas City is a quaint, mid-sized city in the Midwest, with plenty of fun activities for your day off. If you find yourself in Kansas City for your position, here are some of the best activities, restaurants, and sights the city has to offer.
Brunch at Morning Day Café
Morning Day Café has quickly become a Kansas City-staple. Not only is its home in a unique setting – specifically a tricked out shipping container in the Iron District – but the restaurants’ food is colorful too! Besides a selection of breakfast classics like house-made muffins and pancakes, Morning Day Café has a variety of filling brunch and lunch entrées, like their rosemary biscuits with bacon gravy or their walnut pesto penne. If you’re thirsty, take advantage of their cocktail selection. Morning Day Café is suitable for meat-eaters, omnivores, and vegetarians alike.
Pick up fresh flowers at the Kansas City Farmers Market
Kansas City has one of the best farmers markets in the country. Not only is the city smackdab in the middle of farmer territory, resulting in tons of fresh produce, but it also hosts a variety of self-made artists, bakers, and gardeners. Every Saturday, hundreds of people meet at the City Market to open their own booths and to see what others are selling. Spruce up your housing by picking up some fresh flowers from one of the vendors, and grab some fresh-made goods to stock your pantry while you’re at it.
Sit down for a cup of coffee at Oddly Correct
Oddly Correct isn’t only the perfect coffee shop to get some caffeine before starting your morning shift, but it’s also a great place to relax on a day off! There are plenty of tables for you to sit at, and outlets in case you need to give your phone a quick charge. Their black coffee is fantastic, but if you want something a little sweet, taste one of their specialty lattes, like their bourbon vanilla latte or berry-infused mocha. Oddly Correct is a prime spot for their prime coffee drinks and pastries, but another benefit is that you’re supporting locals, and the earth, too. Oddly Correct has been recognized for providing their employees with higher-than-average pay, and the shop has recently started using glass instead of paper cups, making it more sustainable.
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Cheer on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium
Football fan? Arrowhead Stadium is a hot-spot. Known for being one of the loudest stadiums in the country, Kansas City Chiefs fans take it to the next level. The team recently won the Superbowl (their first time in decades), and with young stars like Patrick Mahomes, they’re surely on the trajectory to continue being an excellent team. One of the best ways to fully get a feel of the Chiefs atmosphere is to rally up fellow traveling nurses and tailgate before the game.
Eat some BBQ at Jack Stack
Save some room for BBQ at Jack Stack. Jack Stack is a local Kansas City chain and known for their tender and flavorful meats. Bring this place up to anyone in the KC-area, and they’re sure to claim the fame as some of the best BBQ in the Midwest.
Take in the sights at Nelson-Atkins Museum
Nelson-Atkins Museum boasts more than 35,000 pieces of art, all meticulously taken care of. And, it’s all FREE for you to see! Besides its jaw-dropping collections, the museum has a sprawling campus, decorated with quirky sculptures (namely the Shuttlecock sculpture). Fun to go by yourself or in a group with other nurses, the Nelson-Atkins Museum can entertain you for a whole day. If you don’t want to commit to an all-day outing, check out whichever special exhibition they’re currently running.
Does Kansas City sound like a place you’d like to explore? See available positions at Stability Healthcare and get a start on your next adventure!Read More
Once you’ve locked in your first travel nursing assignment and you’ve sorted out all of the details … it’s officially packing time! At first, this may seem like a daunting task that you’ll never be able to accomplish, but if you take it step by step you’ll have everything you need to hit the ground running.
To get started, we’ve broken up the packing list into 5 categories: must-haves, clothing, toiletries, home goods, and extras.
These are the important things that you absolutely should not be without. While this may seem like common sense, it’s important to have these on your list so you don’t forget.
- Driver’s license / Passport
- Insurance cards
- Social security card
- Emergency contact list
This is where it can get tricky with overpacking, so let’s start with the basics.
- Scrubs (or other uniform required by your facility)
- Long Sleeve Shirts
- A pair or two of fun shoes – sandals, heels, booties
- One dressy outfit
- Weather dependant: raincoat, winter coat, etc.
Depending on your personal routine or plans you have for your free time, you might want to add in work out clothes, hiking boots, swimwear, or any other activity-specific clothing.
Cutting back on the toiletries that you pack is a great way to save space when you are packing. Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, etc. are all things that can easily be purchased when you arrive at your final destination. You will want to bring along your make-up bag and any specialty items that you may not be able to find easily elsewhere.
Before you get started on this section of your packing list, now is a good time to check with your housing situation to find out what they will be providing. Below is a general guide of things that you’ll need to bring if they don’t already have them.
- Sheets, comforter/duvet, blankets
- Minimal dishes and utensils
- Pot and pan
- Tea kettle/ Coffee maker
- Laundry basket
While you might be able to survive without these things, they sure are great to have. Remember that you’ll be having a totally new experience and making some incredible memories!
- Laptop + charger
- A journal
- Any special items to make you feel at home
Packing a personal relic or two will make your new place feel more like home. Whether that be a special blanket or your favorite coffee mug, don’t feel silly for bringing it along – it will bring great comfort when you’re adjusting to a new place.Read More
Do you ever spend your days dreaming about what it would be like to spend a day in the life of a nurse on Grey’s Anatomy? Considering that it is a fictional tv show, that might be impossible, but taking a travel nursing job in Seattle might be the next best thing.
A city fueled by coffee, umbrellas, rock ‘n roll, and lately a booming tech scene, Seattle is one of the most desirable cities to reside in according to Niche. It’s filled with quirky neighborhoods and picturesque Pacific Northwest views. The city is home to several major hospitals including Harborview, Swedish, Providence, Northwestern, Virginia Mason, University of Washington Medical Center, and a couple more making this an ideal option for travel nursing.
The University of Washington Medical Center is a large draw for many nurses. It has been ranked nationally in several categories by US News and has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality for Cardiac Medical Intervention. Their large focus on cardiac cases makes Seattle an especially great fit for those who specialize in this area. With its connection to UW as a teaching hospital, it is a great place to work. It allows you to both share your wealth of knowledge and learn more in your specialty.
The average weekly payment for a travel nurse placed in Seattle can range anywhere from $1,300 to $1,800. Check out placements on Stability to see more! These competitive wages make both living in the city possible and allow for some extra cash to take advantage of the city’s amazing food culture and other activities.
With so much to do in Seattle, there is a new way to fill every one of your days off. Seattle’s food scene is filled with all sorts of goodies– from Asian cuisine to fresh seafood. Check out Foo Lam for some of the city’s best Dim Sum and Westward for some specialty seafood dishes. There are many neighborhoods to be explored from Capitol Hill to Fremont, where you might even find a troll!
A day off in Seattle might start at Storyville for a cup of coffee to go as you hop in the car and drive out to see the picturesque Snoqualmie falls just outside the city. After a short walk to the falls, you could go hike the nearby Tiger Mountain or head back to the city for some lunch at Pike Place Market. End your day with a bang by hitting the town to see a one of your favorite bands playing a concert at Neumos.
As if Seattle and its surrounding areas weren’t enough to keep you busy, planning a weekend getaway is easy thanks to the city being conveniently located in between Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC.
When deciding what time may be best to head to the Pacific Northwest, it really just depends on how much you can handle the gloomy weather. If clouds and rain aren’t an issue for you, then its an open calendar. On the other hand, if you aren’t sure about the constant drizzle the safest time to plan your placement is probably in the summer months.
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Travel nursing provides the perfect opportunity to adventure and explore places you’ve never seen before. It also is a great way to be in a place long enough to fully grasp what a city or town has to offer.
For those more outdoor inclined, there are countless placements that will give you a chance to see what Mother Nature has to offer. From the beaches to the forest, here are some of the best cities that will fulfill your nature needs:
Nestled in between the plains and the mountains lies the city of Denver. As Denver grows, there are ample job opportunities for nurses. Just because this city is growing in urban terrain doesn’t mean that any of the surrounding natural wonders are diminished. Within the city, the Platte river allows for access to kayaking and more water-based activities right at your fingertips. Want more? Right outside the city new adventures await in every direction.
Satisfy your nature needs
- Explore everything that Red Rocks has to offer.
- Ride the The Winter Park Express ski train to the Rocky Mountains.
- Bike, jog, or kayak along the South Platte River.
- Take a weekend trip to Glenwood Springs to experience the natural hot springs and hike Hanging Lake.
Click here to find current placements in Denver.
Weekly Pay Estimate: $800-$1,600
The city of Billings, Montana is the ideal place for someone who wants that small town feel, but with the plethora of activities that a big city offers. Montana is a state rich in nature and history. Depending on the time of year, you could spend your days skiing, or hiking in the sunshine. Listing all of the places and things to do outside in and around Billings would require its own article, so we’ve narrowed down a few options to help you get the picture.
Satisfy your nature needs
- Take a day trip and go float or fly fishing in the Yellowstone River.
- Explore caves filled with prehistoric pictographs in Pictograph Cave State Park.
- Visit Pompey’s Pillar.
- Watch the sunrise at The Rimrocks.
- Drive to Yellowstone National Park.
Click here to find current placements in Billings.
Weekly Pay Estimate: $1,300-$1,700
Situated on the edge of the mountains and high desert, Boise, Idaho is a hub for all sorts of outdoor opportunities. This inland city with a population of around 200,000 is more or less a hidden gem in terms of popular cities to live in. Despite its low profile, living in Boise gives you quick access to hiking and biking trails, rivers, streams, ski hills and mountains.
Satisfy your nature needs
- Ski at Bogus Basin.
- Walk or bike along the Boise Green Belt or float by its on the Boise River.
- Hike along the foothills on The Ridge to Rivers Trail System.
- Take a scenic drive to the Perrine Bridge that spans the Snake River Canyon.
Click here to find current placements in Boise.
Weekly Pay Estimate: $1,200-$1,600