Staying Connected With Family When You Are a Travel Nurse
Part of the allure of becoming a traveling healthcare professional is the excitement of arriving at a new place and connecting with an entirely new community of locals and medical professionals. However, it is also important to stay connected with the people who have supported you on your career journey along the way.
While distance makes it difficult to share a hug or grab lunch in person, there are still many ways to stay connected with your loved ones while you’re on assignment. Here are some ways that traveling healthcare professionals can stay connected with their family, friends, and loved-ones back home while working on assignment.
Best Ways Travelers Can Keep in Touch With Loved Ones
- Send Daily Messages – One of the easiest and most obvious ways to stay connected with your loved ones from a distance is to message them often. Through the use of smartphone technology, you can find out in an instant how someone is doing by simply calling them, video messaging them face-to-face, or shooting them a quick text—which can easily be done during your break or when you get off your shift. Of course, if you prefer more long-form communication, you can opt for emails, or even letters, instead. If you want to have a little extra fun with it, consider mailing out postcards from your new location. Your loved ones will be thrilled to have a small souvenir from your time on assignment.
- Start a Travel Blog – If you can’t consistently message all of your loved ones on a daily basis or if you simply want to reach a broader audience, you could consider starting a travel blog. What you post is up to you, but your loved ones will enjoy seeing pictures of you at local attractions and reading stories of you exploring the area and growing in your career. While writing, encourage your friends, family, and followers to leave comments on your posts for an additional opportunity to stay in touch.
- Check Social Media – If you lack the time needed to set up and maintain a travel blog, turn to social media to give quick updates to your crew back home. Platforms like Facebook and Instagram are great for showing your friends and family what you’re up to while also being able to keep up with them at the same time. Even if you’re not a big social media person, you may find that seeing updates from your loved ones from far away will make the distance between you feel like it isn’t all that great.
A Community to Connect to Wherever You Are
When you’re on assignment in a new place, it can be easy to feel like you’re alone. However, with the support of the dedicated team at HealthCare Support, you’re never alone no matter where you are.
At HealthCare Support, a national staffing resource for the healthcare industry, our talented team is dedicated to providing driven healthcare professionals like you with the support you need to achieve your short-term and long-term career goals. Rely on us and our vast professional network to get you to where you want to be in your healthcare career. For more information on our services, call us at 888-219-6285 today.