Travel Nurse That's Homesick?
Have you been traveling and having a blast and then suddenly feel a longing for home?
Could it be that traveling isn’t for you after all? Many travelers are asking themselves
this question right now. However, if you have been enjoying your travel experience until
this point, you are more than likely experiencing homesickness.
Being away from home for an extended period of time, especially during times of family
gatherings such as the holidays and special events.
You may feel gloomy for no known reason.
Your thoughts keep wondering back to your home.
You may feel a little less social during this time.
You may have slight feelings of loss.
You may even have physical symptoms such as headache or stomach ache
No matter where you go, you have the same job. The faces may change, but the job
remains the same, in general. If you know your job well, you will do fine. The
medications are the same and the patients still need the same kind of care for their
Call home often
Have someone send you something that reminds you of home
Get out and do things you enjoy
Talk to a friend
Some travelers find an assignment close to home during the holidays.
If you are feeling down and you don’t know why, you may have a case of homesickness.
Many first time travelers, especially, may get this illness as a result of being away from
their home for an extended period for the first time. However, many experienced
travelers can get the illness as well. It is important to accept it and be good to yourself
during this time
If you really have a bad case of homesickness, you may want to find an assignment close
to home during the holidays or set up your contracts with holiday vacations already
planned for you to go home and see your family and friends. Don’t be afraid to take an
assignment with the added condition that you already have a trip planned to go home
during the holidays. Give them specific dates even if you don’t have a plane reservation
reserved. If you have already started your contract and didn’t make any holiday
provisions in advance, then you may need to rough it out and know that this illness will
pass. Then, make a mental note about what to do next year when the holidays come
again. Prevention is the best intervention.