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Travel Nursing as a single parent: Is it possible?

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This is the last post in our series on travel nursing with a family. And we saved it until last for good reason.

The lure of making more money as a travel nurse is a legitimate reason a single parent may consider traveling, but being a single parent is a big enough of a challenge without adding travel nursing into the mix.  But like all the other traveling with a family scenarios there are pros and cons that vary simply based on other circumstances that make each person’s situation unique.

It is easy to imagine scenarios where traveling as a single parent is actually easier than being a permanent nurse, like for instance if your parents live in a city you plan on getting an assignment in and has offered to take care of your child when you are at work. However, it also just as easy to imagine situations where it would be extremely difficult to do, like having a two-year old and working in a new city where you don’t know anyone and have to rely on and find daycare.

You really just need to take a look at your own situation and weigh all the pros and cons. But here are some things to keep in mind when deciding if travel nursing as a single parent is worth the effort for you and your kids:

  • How many kids do you have?
  • How old are they?
  • Is family going to be close by?
  • Is your kid(s) the kind that can handle a mobile lifestyle?
  • Will you home-school?
  • When will you travel? Just in the summer? Year-round?

Whatever you decide to do the key is to be upfront with your recruiter and travel nursing company right away about your family situation and what you are planning to do because the more notice they have the more likely they are going to be able to help you make it happen.

Here are some more resources that can help you decide if travel nursing as a single parent is a the right choice for you:

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About the Author:

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

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  1. Amanda says:

    I am wanting to travel during the summer for the first time with my kids. I am thinking about finding another single mom nurse who also wants to travel. We can work opposite shifts and watch each other’s kids on our days off. Not quite sure where to post to find someone who may be interested, but I’m sure there are other ladies out there in my situation and this seems like the most economical and safest way to ensure our kids will be taken care of, rather than leaving them with some stranger in a strange town.

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