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By Miles Oliver

April 7, 2022

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How to Stay Connected to Family & Friends While Travel Nursing

As a travel nurse, you are a vital contributor to the healthcare industry. This isn’t just about your ability to provide your services to more people, either. You bring vital expertise to communities and patients that are underserved. Travel nurses are key influencers of wellness equality. 

Still, it’s important to recognize your important work often comes with personal sacrifice. Your time spent traveling can mean your family life is disrupted, and you may not see your friends for weeks or even months. As rewarding as your nursing career is, your inability to maintain your relationships can have a detrimental effect on your well-being. The good news is, this isn’t entirely out of your control.

Let’s explore a few ways you can stay connected to your family and friends while traveling as a nurse.

Video Calls

Video call platforms have been among the most powerful tools available for our contemporary digital landscape. As a traveling nurse, it can be one of the most important ways you can help keep your relationships strong. There are a range of apps on the market that can bring your loved ones closer to you. These can be used on smartphones or your laptop, and it’s worth exploring which is most accessible to your family.

However, not all of your friends and family may be familiar with this technology. You might need to dedicate a little time and energy to working with them here. Anybody pursuing a career in healthcare needs to build a variety of skills beyond purely medical knowledge. Chief amongst these tends to be empathy and great communication. You may find you’ll be directing these toward assisting your family members over their initial hurdles with video call software.

Community Activities

One of the most difficult issues as a traveling nurse is the sense of isolation. Engaging meaningfully with the communities you’re visiting can actually be an important way to stay connected to your friends and family. On an emotional level, performing activities alongside local religious, social, and cultural groups can help you maintain the values that are central to your background. It can help you feel closer to your family even when you’re far away.

However, if you’re a parent and your child is traveling with you, getting involved in community sports events can be good for you both. Alongside the physical benefits, sports are known to have a range of mental health advantages. This isn’t just from the perspective of boosting your mood or aiding sleep. Both you and your child can gain from enhanced social experiences and strengthen your family bonds.

Social Media

There is a tendency as of late to talk about social media in a negative light. Particularly from a medical perspective, it has presented challenges with regard to misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s important to recognize it can also be an important communications tool. You can use your social accounts to connect to your friends and family and maintain your relationships throughout your time away.

This could include posting photographs of the places you visit on your Instagram account, or you could make TikTok videos of the adventures you embark on outside of your nursing duties. This doesn’t have to go down the common social media route of carefully curating your experiences to give the impression of perfection. You’re not posting for likes and follows. Rather, be open to sharing the realities of your life, the challenges of being a traveling nurse, and the ways you are coping. Make sure your friends and family can see an honest depiction of yourself and encourage them to interact with you on these channels. 

Special Deliveries

Delivery services have become far more accessible in the last couple of decades. No matter where you are in the world, there are ways to send your friends and family gifts. This can be a great way to stay connected to them.

You don’t need to send expensive items. Rather, make them meaningful. You can order meals that have significance in your family or friendship group and have these delivered occasionally. You could even arrange to share the meal virtually over a video call.

It can also be fun to ship small souvenirs from the area you’re staying as a traveling nurse. Be sure to buy from small local businesses and craftspeople. This way, your family and friends get to share a little of your experiences with local products and customs.

Conclusion

Being a traveling nurse often means spending significant time away from family and friends. The good news is there are effective tools to help you stay connected while you’re away. Help your family to utilize video call apps and find ways to engage meaningfully with the community. Social media can be a great way to share your experiences with your loved ones. Alongside sending the occasional small gift, these steps can help you make sure you don’t just maintain your bonds but also strengthen them.

We hope you enjoyed this article on ways to stay connected to family and friends while on travel assignments. Are there any ways that you use to stay connected to family and friends that we didn’t mention? Comment them below.

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