Diagnosis: Homesickness

Diagnosis: Homesickness

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Home-Sickness

Diagnosis Homesickness(Disclaimer:  Homesickness is a real disorder.  I am not addressing the medical or psychological issues that can occur with this nor am I giving any medical/nursing advice.  The following information is for entertainment purpose only.  If you are experiencing medical or psychological issues related to homesickness; I would recommend that you consult with a physician.)
  home·sick/ˈhōmˌsik/Experiencing a longing for one’s home during a period of absence from it.Synonyms: nostalgic
Causes, incidence, and risk factorsHomesickness is generally caused by an absence of familiar surroundings, familiar objects and people.There have been no studies on the rate of incidence of homesickness among travel nurses; however it is observed quite frequently among Travel Nurses.Risk Factors for homesickness (related to travel nurses) may include:
  • Difficulty adjusting to the temporary job.
  • Lack of sleep.
  • Poor diet.
  • Conflicts with co-workers or Managers.
  • Infrequent contact with family/friends.
  • Lack of local connections.
  • Boredom
  • Missing an important event at home.

Symptoms
The primary symptom of homesickness is depression.
Other symptoms may include:

  • Decreased job satisfaction
  • Short tempered attitude.
  • Increased anxiety.
  • Giving up.
  • Increased withdraw.
  • Sadness

Signs and tests
There are currently no definitive tests available for diagnosis of homesickness.

Treatment
There is currently no known cure for homesickness.  It can be a progressive condition if left un-diagnosed and untreated. The best treatment is to manage symptoms.

Support Groups
There are no current known support groups for travel nurses suffering from homesickness.

The Treatment Plan for Homesickness has some useful tips in providing you the tools that you need to combat this disorder.

I would encourage you to post comments.  Tell me what you want to hear about, what you enjoyed, or how you combat some of the issues discussed.  You may also connect with me via Twitter or Facebook and together we can work on decreasing the symptoms together.

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Active in the Travel Nursing industry for the past 14 years. Involved with the initial conception of the annual Travelers Conference (http://travelersconference.com) I am dedicated to providing a place for nurses interested in travel nursing to come to find all the answers and information needed to begin a successful career as a Travel Nurse. In addition, I am very active in bringing interested nurses together in real life through social media, and organizing and promoting events, meetings, conferences and many other activities for Travel Nurses and Travel Medical Professionals. Dedicated to providing the next generation of nurses a base of information on the career choice of Travel Nursing by providing Career Services speaking engagements to Nursing Colleges and Student Nursing Associations.

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