Holiday Season for the Travel Nurse
Whether you are ready or not the holidays are officially here! Holiday Season for the Travel Nurse looks different every year. As a travel nurse, every holiday season is different: new places, new facilities, and lots of new faces. Now that December is in full swing it’s hard to miss the festive décor making its way into every spare space. While the holidays look tends to look different every year for nurses traveling across the country, there are always great opportunities to participate in the spirit of the season. Here are just a few memorable options to make the most of the Holidays!
Find an Opportunity to Volunteer
Volunteering is a wonderful way to spend the holidays. You are able to connect with people, give back to the community, and share in the festive spirit of the season. Volunteering gives travel nurses a meaningful way to experience the holidays whether through visiting an animal shelter to take a dog on a walk or serving food to those less fortunate. The need is plentiful and greatly appreciated.
Schedule Face-Time with Friends and Family
Schedule Skype Dates! Coordinate with your nearest and dearest to connect via video throughout the holidays. Plan a video chat for a specifically meaningful time like lighting the candles on the menorah or opening presents Christmas morning.
Technology is available to FaceTime, Skype or Google Hangout with nearly anyone. Anyone with an iPhone is able to FaceTime, so that’s often the easiest option. Skype is a versatile tool for mobile and desktop, with a simple setup process. Additionally, Google Hangouts connect directly to your Google email address, which makes it simple to chat on your computer. Having a hard time coordinating schedules? Log in to Facebook Live and connect with all your Facebook friends in real-time. Find what video capabilities are most accessible and embrace the holiday cheer!
Connect With Other Travelers
Holiday season for the travel nurse is easily a shareable experience. Connect with other travelers in the area. Reach out to other travelers in the area and celebrate the holiday season over hot chocolate or mulled wine. Host a festive potluck where other travelers bring food that reminds them of the holiday season. This could include Christmas cookies, tamales, or a traditional pot roast.
Attend a Festive Local Event
Whether you find yourself in a large city or a small town over the holidays, the festivities abound! Check out the local newspaper, news websites, blogs, and social media to plan your social calendar. Plays, concerts, music, and tree lightings fill every city calendar through the new year. Experience the magic of the season and step out into the community!