Worry goes with the territory of parenthood. It’s perfectly natural, therefore, that nurses contemplating traveling careers might immediately fear the potential negative impacts on their children. However, the truth is that children stand to gain a great deal from their time on the road. Let’s highlight four benefits your kids will derive from accompanying you on your travel nursing assignments.
1. They’ll have an amazing opportunity to see the country.
While many people spend their whole lives yearning to travel the country, children of traveling nurses actually have the chance to do so. Many traveling nurses even let family members have some say in the assignment selection process. Perhaps your child has always fantasized about living by the ocean, or been curious about city life? Travel nursing offers the unbeatable opportunity to see new and interesting places. Think of it as a first-hand geography lesson!
2. They’ll become more culturally competent.
The ability to interact with many different kinds of people is an invaluable life skill. At each new location, your child will meet people from a variety of backgrounds while becoming part of diverse communities. These sought-after skills are transferrable to many other aspects of life.
3. They’ll cultivate a diverse network of friends.
We’ve all heard the expression, “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver but the other gold.” Not only do children of traveling nurses have the chance to make new friends, but thanks to technological advancements like texting and video conferencing, it’s easier than ever to keep in touch with friends back home, too. One tip? Encouraging kids to keep travel journals of their own is a great way to help them hone their writing and critical thinking skills while sharing their experiences with new and old friends alike.
4. They’ll develop critical “soft” skills.
From adaptability to working well with others, children who accompany their families on travel nursing assignments are constantly acquiring and honing new skills. While there will be obstacles along the way, children are ultimately both flexible and resilient. Not to mention that every time kids overcome a new fear or conquer a challenging situation, they grow in independence and self-confidence.
While traveling with kids does involve some extra considerations, it also comes with extra rewards. Not to mention that at the end of the day travel nursing is one of life’s greatest adventures. Who better to share it with than your nearest and dearest?