The life of a travel nurse has many perks, and can be especially appealing to individuals who are not currently in a long-term relationship or marriage, as it’s easier to move yourself than you and your plus one. This is not to say, however, that nurses with significant others can’t get all the benefits of travel nursing—doing so simply requires a little more planning. Perhaps you’ve been considering taking advantage of the perks of travel nursing, but you’re married and you’re not sure how it would work. There are a few things to consider when taking on a travel nurse position while married.
The perfect scenario: your spouse works from home—wherever that home may be! If this is the case, talk with your recruiter about housing for two and pack your bags. You and your partner can explore all of your dream destinations while you work together to achieve your financial goals. Hopefully, your spouse can work at home during the same hours that you’re at the hospital so you can spend your mutual days off exploring.
Another scenario that is no less perfect: your financial obligations can be covered by the substantial salary you will make as a travel nurse, so your spouse doesn’t have to work outside the home. Again, work with your recruiter to find appropriate housing and explore away with your husband, wife, or significant other.
Unfortunately, a one-income household is not feasible for many couples. Many travel nurses choose the lifestyle knowing they will have to leave their husband or wife at home for extended periods. There are definitely ways to make this change a successful one, however. Consider only taking assignments within a reasonable driving distance so days off can be spent together. Work with your recruiter to hammer out a schedule (if possible) that allows maximum time with your spouse. Communication between you and your spouse is huge, and finding ways to ensure both of your emotional needs are met is vital to successfully traveling without your spouse. Skype dates, FaceTime, and unlimited text and data plans will go a long way towards maintaining a healthy relationship if distance becomes a factor.
Your recruiter will be your guide to navigating travel nurse life with a spouse. Housing is an important consideration. If your spouse is coming with you, you’ll need enough space to be comfortable. Will you bring one car or two? Pets? Children? If your spouse isn’t coming with you, your recruiter can help you find travel assignments that keep you within reasonable driving range of your home. Honest communication about expectations with your spouse (as well as with your recruiter) will help to ensure success in travel nursing with your significant other.