April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring reminders that summer is just weeks away!
Working as a traveling RN means you can travel around the country. If you have a family of young children, working as a traveler means you also can bring your children with you during their breaks from school.
If you’d like to bring your children with you on a travel assignment in the summer, talk to your staffing firm’s managers or recruiters to let them know you’d like to bring them along on a summer assignment.
You should decide quickly where in the country you want to go. The sooner you decide (and notify your recruiter) the better chance you have of getting an assignment in your dream destination.
Important note: while your recruiter/staffing manager will no doubt work hard to find a great assignment in a place you’d like to take your family, his or her first priority is filling the positions of the firm’s clients. If the clients don’t have assignments available in your dream summer spot, you’ll have to be ok with that. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a handful of areas you’d be willing to travel to in the summer.
In addition, depending on the size of your family, you may have to take the staffing firm’s housing stipend instead of getting free housing. The stipend can help you pay for a home-away-from-home for your family members.
Even though your children may be on vacation while you’re on assignment, you are not. If you’re a single parent, you’ll need to arrange for someone to look after your children while you’re at work. You also probably won’t be able to take extended days off during the assignment for sightseeing trips with your family; you’ll have to settle for weekend trips. You may want to see if you can get to the assignment region a week or two before your assignment starts – or stay on for a couple of weeks after your assignment ends – so that you and your family can have something of a real vacation. (You may have to pay for your housing for these days before/after your assignment yourself; check with your travel staffing service.)
Once you know where your summer assignment will be, get your family excited by looking at area guidebooks and start planning what you and your family will do together while you’re in the assignment’s city or region.
Whether you are currently a RN traveler or if you are searching for a traveling RN job, contact the professionals at MedPro Healthcare Staffing for more information about working as a traveling healthcare professional.