Travel Nursing – Tips For When You Leave Your Kids and Family

5 Great Tips to follow if you are leaving your child(ren) before a travel nurse assignment.

Set expectations. Several days leading up to the trip, talk about the fact that you are leaving. Children handle stressful and challenging situations better when they know what to expect. The more you can prepare them for what is going to happen, the easier they will handle the situation when it finally comes.

Include them in the planning. Kids love to help and need to feel useful. Let them help you pack and discuss what you will need the items for. Use the opportunity to educate them about airports, hotels, taxis, anything that you will be doing while you are gone. This will let them feel more involved and more connected, even though they will not be with you.

Give them information about your trip.Get out a globe or map or go to Google Maps and show them where you are going. Talk about what the weather will be like, what you will be doing, etc. Show them the hotel or home you will be staying in by looking at the satellite images available on Google Maps. Give them a visual representation to an abstract concept.

Keep in virtual contact.Skype and Facetime offer easy and free ways to communicate via computer while you are away. Allowing your kids to see you (even if only on a screen) gives them a measure of power in the situation, providing them with security and safety in your absence.

Make the reunion special.Allow them to help you decide what special activity you will do when you return. Take them to a movie, go to their favorite restaurant, go to the beach, etc. If you include them in the decision making process, not only does it encourage self-responsibility and making choices, but it gives them something to look forward to when you return.

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