On Assignment: Six Ways to Keep Your Family in the Loop About Your Life

When you’re a travel nurse on the road, you may not always have your loved ones at your side. It can be lonely being away from your family and friends—but you have plenty of options to stay in touch. These include everything from the cutting-edge to the old-fashioned. It’s all in what you feel comfortable with.

You’re off seeing the world, but don’t want to lose track of what’s going on at home. Plus, it’s fun to let your loved ones in on all your adventures. Here are six ways to do just that:

  1. Chat face to face (almost!). With FaceTime and Skype, you can chat face to face by smartphone or tablet. And the beauty of a mobile device is you can talk anywhere—maybe you’d like to show off the beautiful mountain scenery behind you, a funky street festival or a breezy seaside beach. Schedule a time each day or week that you’ll talk; such as Saturday morning over coffee or bedtime to read a story. It’s up to you!
  2. Share stories and pictures with a Facebook Group. Social media for travel nurses is a perfect resource to share your experiences and chat with your loved ones about their lives. But if you’re wondering how to get the most from Facebook and keep your conversations and albums more private, you can set up a Facebook Group with certain people. A Facebook Group can add a personal quality to your communications—they’re for special eyes only!
  3. Share photos on Twitter or Snapchat. For quick snippets throughout the day, Twitter and Snapchat allow you to post a quick shot with a little information. If you don’t have time for a longer post, these social media pages are a great way to drop in.
  4. Blog about your experiences. For more extensive descriptions of your travels, set up a blog and create a beautiful online journal with pictures and stories. You can keep your family and friends up to speed on your new blog entries by posting a link through your Facebook or Twitter pages. Blogging can be as complex or simple as you’d like. A good place to start is com.
  5. Make personalized stationary. If you’re more on the crafty side, you can create stationary on your computer using pictures you take in your temporary new home. Why not print out your stationary and write letters by hand for a homespun way to send love to those back home?
  6. Keep a scrapbook. If you find yourself lonely on assignment, scrapbooking is a great way to pass the time and log fond memories of your travel nurse job locations. It will help you stay upbeat and creative, and you can share your book when you return home, complete with stories of all your experiences.

Looking to find a travel RN recruiter?

If you’re wondering how to find the best travel nurse assignments, check out MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We offer placements in the best cities for travel nurses—and we’ll work with you to find assignments you love. A big part of what we do is helping you have the best possible travel nurse experience—so each assignment is top-notch.  To learn more, give us a call at 1-800-866-8108 or apply below.

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