Relationships are challenging at any time. When you work as a travel nurse, you want to take measures to balance out the difficulties by taking measures to keep up with your relationship. Finding little ways to show that you care and to let your significant other know that you care is not as difficult as it might appear at first glance. The key is recognizing the challenge and then focusing on ways to address the situation.
Send Your Significant Other a Meal
Online tools make it easier to send a loved one a meal when you are on the road. Simply order a meal from one of their favorite restaurants through a delivery service. Have the meal sent directly to their door and surprise them with an unexpected meal.
You can also ask the restaurant to send a note to a loved one. Leave a comment on the order asking the delivery driver to inform your loved one that you sent the meal and you are thinking of your significant other. It will make the meal memorable and will give you something to talk about during your next conversation.
Make Your Communication Plans Clear
Before you move for your next job as a travel nurse, talk to your loved ones about the methods they can use to contact you. Make clear plans for communication during your travels. This is particularly important when you are not able to bring a significant other to a new destination due to a clash with your work schedules or career paths.
Set up specific times for phone conversations. Have a clear plan of action in case an emergency occurs and your loved one needs to contact you at a time when you are working. Make time for social media and ensure that your loved ones have accounts on appropriate social media sites. By taking measures to make communication easier, you will notice that your relationships improve despite the distance you travel as a nurse.
Make a Plan for Special Events
Perhaps the most daunting part of working as a travel nurse is missing a holiday with loved ones or missing out on a big celebration. You may not be able to travel home for a special event, but you can still plan for the event. Consider sending a gift through Amazon or a similar online website. Many shopping websites allow you to send a gift with a note to your significant other or a loved one.
You can also plan ahead for a video chat with your loved ones. While you may need to work around a long shift and plan the conversation early in the day or late at night, you can still participate in the event with a video conversation.
Travel nurses must prepare for the difficulties of leaving family and friends behind when taking on a new job. When you are leaving a spouse or a partner behind, it can seem even more challenging to keep up with your relationship. Fortunately, you do have options to show that you care by sending loved ones a meal, giving gifts on special events or even setting up a system for communication when you are on the road.