For many medical professionals, the idea of accepting a travel assignment can be daunting. Many worry that they will miss their family and friends, and that feelings of homesickness will ruin what could be a fun experience.
However, just because you have accepted a travel assignment that doesn’t mean you have to disconnect entirely from those who are near and dear to your heart. There are plenty of ways to keep these relationships strong, either through your assignment selection or with a little help from technology.
If you are looking for medical jobs or other exciting opportunities in the medical field, here’s why you shouldn’t let your fear of missing your family and friends stop you from exploring travel assignments.
Travel Assignment Selection
While “travel” may be how an assignment is described, that doesn’t mean you have to go to an unfamiliar city thousands of miles away. Agencies don’t force you to go to a specific location. In fact, when you are considering assignments, you are completely in control.
The ability to make your own travel assignment selections means you can choose a location that fits your needs. For example, you may find one that is just a few towns away, making a commute home on your days off entirely manageable.
Alternatively, you can look for travel assignments that actually help you connect with friends and family that live in other cities or states. For example, if you live on the East Coast and have a relative on the West Coast, you might be able to find a travel assignment near their city. Then, you can use it as an opportunity to reconnect in person.
Technology has created a wealth of options that can help you stay connected with family and friends while you are on a travel assignment. For instance, you can exchange text or social media messages every day or have a nightly phone call. You can even use free video chat options for a weekly call, allowing you to have some virtual face-to-face time.
Between social media, smartphones, and computers, there are a seemingly endless number of ways to stay in touch.
Plan a “Reunion” Event
At times, having something to look forward to can help relieve feelings of homesickness. If you are worried about missing family and friends, consider planning a “reunion” event for when you return.
For example, you could schedule a backyard barbecue and invite all of the people you think you would miss, or even set up for a short vacation, allowing you to reconnect in a fun way once you get back.
Don’t worry about covering every detail before you leave. Instead, you can use the upcoming event as a reason to keep in touch and discuss something exciting. This can create positive feelings and help you stay bonded, making your assignment more enjoyable.
Travel with Someone
When you accept a travel assignment, you usually aren’t required to head out on your own. If one of your family members or friends has the ability to head out with you, consider inviting them along on your journey.
Spouses and children commonly accompany travel medical professionals while they are on assignment, and another family member or friend could also make a suitable travel companion. This is especially true if one of your nearest and dearest is already a travel nurse (and might be able to get an assignment in the same city) or works remotely from home.
Ultimately, just because you head out on a travel assignment doesn’t mean you can’t stay close with your friends and family. By following the tips above, it’s possible to explore a new city and maintain connections with those who are closest to your heart.
If you are ready to explore travel assignment opportunities, the professionals at Cross Country Allied want to hear from you. Contact us to discuss your ideal assignment today and learn more about available positions that may be right for you.