How to Cope when Travel Nursing Jobs Take You Away From Friends & Family on Thanksgiving

travelnursingjobsThe holiday season can be both the best of times for those with travel nursing jobs, and it can be the worst of times for those with travel nursing jobs. A lot of travel nurses seek out assignments that are either close to their friends and families so they can spend the Thanksgiving season with people they are close to.

But when the economy’s tough, that option isn’t always available for those with travel nursing jobs. This year, it looks like many travel nurses will be spending the holidays far from their friends and family. It can be tough. So here are a few tips if you’ll be facing Thanksgiving Day alone.

  1. Try to stick with some of your Thanksgiving traditions—If you’re on a travel nursing jobs assignment where you have to work on Thanksgiving Day, that may help you cope with being away from your family. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have your own personal Thanksgiving celebration. It’s possible to buy smaller turkeys, and you can cook one or two side dishes for yourself. If you always catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, be sure not to miss it. TiVO or tape it if you have to work.
  2. Pamper yourself—If you don’t like the idea of eating Thanksgiving dinner alone, then don’t. Simply make it a normal meal that night and pamper yourself in other ways. Take a long bath. Or rent a lot of movies. Make it a special day to do something that you’ve been meaning to do for a long time.
  3. Volunteer—No matter where your travel nursing jobs take you, there are likely to be a soup kitchen nearby that need someone to help serve food. This is also true for the weekend after Thanksgiving, where the kitchen may find itself short-staffed. Most people with travel nursing jobs get a charge from helping others. So volunteering is a great solution for those who find themselves with little to do on Thanksgiving.
  4. Call home, or don’t—Calling home and checking in with friends and family may make those with far away travel nursing jobs feel a little bit better. But for some with travel nursing jobs, it may only accentuate the distance between them and their family. Think about what the effect of calling home will have on you. And don’t feel bad if you decide not to call home. Your friends and family should be able to understand.

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2 Responses to “How to Cope when Travel Nursing Jobs Take You Away From Friends & Family on Thanksgiving”

  1. Tyson F. Gautreaux Says:

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