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Travel with kids/pets/husbands-- advice?

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SKynardRN SKynardRN (New) New

Specializes in Med/Surg float, PostPartum.

OK so while I am waiting to even land my first travel job, if anyone has traveled with their family please share your experiences!!!! I have 2 kids (age 6 and 3) a hubby and a Pug dog that plan to go along with, hubs plans to home school our oldest child while he finishes his online degree. My friends and family range from being supportive/encouraging to thinking we are out of our minds. Any advice welcome...

Are you able to take off on your own for the first contract? I would suggest you putting it out there to your recruiters that it is "just you" traveling. That way you can land something, get out there and get set up before your family comes. Bringing your family is doable but it makes EVERYTHING tougher.

SKynardRN

Specializes in Med/Surg float, PostPartum.

tango, my recruiters are aware i intend to bring my family, but does that make it more difficult to land a position? I wasnt aware that the hospitals knew either way

Yes, it does make it harder to land a position.. You are not the only candidate your recruiter is working with. They may be pushing others instead of you since you are more work logistically. Keep in mind their job is to fill the position the fastest and most efficient way possible. Someone that is traveling light is they obvious choice.

SKynardRN

Specializes in Med/Surg float, PostPartum.

yeah, I understand what you are saying. But I dont think pretending that I am not bringing my family along is the best option for me... I am upfront about it, because I fully intend to bring them. If I am unable to get a position because of it, then travel nursing may not be the best choice, and I will end up moving on. The 2 agencies I am with boast on their websites that they are happy to accommodate for family and a pet. I understand that if I wish for an extra bedroom in the provided housing I may have to pay a fee, or that I may have to pay a pet fee, I have no problem with that.

It would be a bad idea for you to pretend anything. My advice was for you to start your first assigment on your own(by yourself) and have your family join up later. Of course the 2 websites boast about accomodating families, they probably also boast about all the great, big $$ MedSurg jobs they have too. Paying for an extra room and deposit is the easy part.

Again, my advice is simple: Start out alone and get everything set up for your family.