Being the spouse of a travel healthcare worker can be challenging, but also rewarding. As you discuss this exciting career opportunity and what it will mean for your family, there are a few important things to consider.
Key information for spouses of travel workers
To make the best decision for your family, you’ll want to review all the facts. These include the following:
- Travel assignments usually last 13 weeks. This means that your spouse will be away from home for a little over three months at a time. It’s important to note that assignments can be extended, depending on the level of support needed by the facility.
- Travel workers can bring their families along. Staffing agencies will work with travel healthcare workers to find suitable housing accommodations for their spouse, children and even pets. You may have access to a special housing complex, or your spouse’s recruiter will work with him or her to find a rental option in the new city.
- A travel professional can accept assignments whenever he or she likes. The good news about travel work is that healthcare professionals can accept assignments as often or sporadically as they like. If you prefer to go with your spouse, he or she can work back-to-back assignments. Or, if you prefer to stay home, your spouse can opt to pick up an assignment just once or twice a year.
- You can see the country and experience new cultures. Of course, the obvious upside to traveling with your spouse is the opportunity to experience new cities and meet new people. And remember that travel assignments are available throughout the country, so you can choose to go wherever you’d like. During your spouse’s time off, you can sightsee to your heart’s content. And if you’re an independent sort, you can explore on your own while your spouse is at work.
What about employment?
As the spouse of a travel healthcare professional, you may be wondering what you’ll do for work. Any of the following are possibilities:
- Work as a temp. You can partner with a recruiter to help you find temporary assignments while on the road with your spouse. A great choice is a staffing agency with offices and contacts nationwide, so you can continue to work with the same recruiter, no matter where your spouse’s travels take you.
- Find a work-at-home job. Depending on your profession, you may be able to find a new job that allows you to work from home. This way, your office can be anywhere, as long as you have a computer and access to the Internet. To find a work-at-home job, you can search job sites, social media pages, or work with a staffing agency.
- Start an online business. Do you have a skill you can market online? Perhaps you’re good at woodworking, sewing, knitting or jewelry making and can peddle your wares on sites such as etsy.com or artfire.com. You can also try your hand as a freelancer or consultant, depending on your skills and qualifications.
- Start a blog or website. If you have knowledge in a particular area, you can always share your advice on your own blog or website. To make money doing this, you can sell ad space on your site.
- Pick up a volunteer assignment. Maybe you’re not worried about income and simply wish to get out of the house while your spouse is at work. You can always try your hand volunteering for a local animal rescue, women’s shelter, charitable donations store or soup kitchen.
Take the time to make the right decision
In the end, you and your spouse need to discuss how a travel assignment could impact your family. Take the time you need to review all possible scenarios to make the best decision possible.
Get help with all your travel healthcare questions
The experienced recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing are experts in placing nurses, therapists and allied health professionals with travel assignments across the country. We’ll work with you and your spouse to answer all your questions and provide the assistance you need for a smooth, easy transition to a temporary assignment. To learn more, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing today.