By June 25, 2012 3 Comments

Ask a Travel Nurse: Traveling with a spouse that isn’t a nurse?


traveling with your spouseAsk a Travel Nurse Question:

I am considering traveling within the next year or so as an RN in critical care. I want to travel with my girlfriend who has a degree in business and is going back to school to get her mba in healthcare administration. She currently works as a bartender in a large casino while she is in school. She has no problem doing online schooling but is worried about working while we travel. Do you have any information or past experience of what we could do? Do you know of any travelers who have found a solution to this problem? How difficult would it be for her to find temp. work while I’m on assignment or are you aware of any jobs in which she could work from home? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

I’m sorry to say that my expertise is with travel nursing and I might not be able to offer much help. However, I can give you and your girlfriend a few ideas on next steps.

First, I would post this same question to the travel nursing forums and see if you can find someone in a similar situation and how they handled it. A few of the better online nursing forums can be found at and the Delphi forum for traveling professionals (go to, look for the box on the right that says “Explore existing forums”, type in “travel nursing” and the top result is a group called Travel Nurses and Therapists with over half a million members).

Pan Travelers is also another good site with a forum. They have a free section and also a portion where there is a charge to access that information. You can also join Healthcare Travelbook ( which is a sort of Facebook style place for travelers.

As far as your girlfriend’s career and studies, she will need to do some research and see what specialties or areas that she could go into, utilizing her MBA, where she could also travel. I have no idea what avenues are open to her, but with all that experience in healthcare administration, she might possibly be able to take a course of study on healthcare case management and then she might find travel positions in case management. Again, since I have no knowledge of that field, I have no idea how realistic this would be. However, she should be able to find something that she can roll into her studies that would allow her travel opportunities.

Working local temp jobs where you guys plan to travel might also be an option. It sounds as if she would be WAY overqualified for most of the positions offered on a temp basis, but if she doesn’t mind, that might work out.

Of course any job where she could work from home would be ideal. She should see what is out there in the job market and what options are available for such work.

Bottom line, I think you could find something that will work for you, but it will take a lot of research tracking down those avenues that will allow her to travel with you.

Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.




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About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

3 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: Traveling with a spouse that isn’t a nurse?"

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  1. I have dealt with this a few times, temp work is great but I have a solution that has been beneficial to not only the non-nurse but to the traveler as well. We have pioneered a remote recruiter program that would allow someone to place their spouse as well as other travelers they know and make money doing so. Let me know if I can be of service.

  2. Mike says:

    This is a great blog post, David. On the Fastaff Travel Nursing website, we just published a similar one from the perspective of the traveling nurse’s spouse that has already traveled. Here’s the link:

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