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Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I travel with small children?


Travel With ChildrenAsk a Travel Nurse Question:  

Would accepting a travel nursing assignment be different for someone with two small children? Are accommodations provided for people traveling with a family?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:  

While travel nursing is certainly easier when you are single or unencumbered, there are many nurses who travel with a loved one or their families.

Travel companies can make certain accommodations, but this is mostly in regard to housing (like if you require a two or three bedroom apartment rather than a single).

You will likely have to pay extra for this, but there are some travelers who do require more space than a one-bedroom apartment can provide.

If you are speaking of child care, then it becomes trickier. I do not know of any company that assists with finding child care (however, I’ve also never been in this position, so I’ve never asked).

It would be a great benefit to tout, but I have never heard of a company assisting with this aspect of travel (if there are any recruiters reading this and are with a company that provides this, please let us know in the comment section and please email me personally so that I may be aware of your company).

What you seek to do would certainly not be impossible, but would require much more work than the average travel nurse encounters when seeking an assignment.

However, I’ve known quite a few moms that seem to be able to pull off anything when it comes to providing wonderful experiences for their kids.

Here is a post from Travel Nursing Blogs on traveling with young children that gets into some more detail. You may also want to ask around on some Traveler forums to get some insight through others’ experiences.


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.

1 Comment on "Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I travel with small children?"

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  1. Jamie Howell


    I am using to hire a nanny to come along with me for travel assignments. If you go to their site, they do background checks and everything. My kids have always loved our babysitters from there. I am actually hiring a young nanny to travel along with me. She is going cheaper than I could pay someone in California because she just wants to see the world. It’s a great place to start!

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