Career Opportunity: When Patient and Nurse Travel Together
By Christine Whitmarsh RN, BSN
Experienced travel nurses are well accustomed to living out of suitcases, RVs, and furnished apartments from bustling Boston to lavish Los Angeles. But what happens when patients needing constant skilled nursing care want to join in the fun of travel? Companion nursing is what happens! This very special, unique niche in nursing, allows patients with disabilities and other chronic conditions requiring the assistance of a nurse, to pack their bags and travel to their dream destinations. Thanks to companion travel nursing services, patients with conditions such as CHF and emphysema that normally keep them confined to their home or a skilled care facility where nursing care is always nearby, now have the freedom to see the world.
Traveling nurses are in a unique position to understand the joys and freedom that travel offers. It’s no coincidence that travel nursing jobs in California, travel nurse jobs in Hawaii and Texas travel nurse jobs top the list of popular destinations among traveling nurses. Travel nurses are therefore in a unique position to relate to the excitement experienced by patients who are given their own set of wings, courtesy of a companion traveling nurse. With each new assignment and each new patient, the job description varies based on the patient’s individual personal and medical needs. In general, the companion travel nurse provides 24 hour care, assists patients with activities of daily living and administers medication. The client/patient will typically cover the nurse’s travel costs and assignments are around 1-3 weeks long.
Companion travel nursing offers a world of new opportunities for patient and nurse alike to experience
the joys and new experiences of traveling together.
Christine Whitmarsh is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from the University of Rhode Island. She is a freelance health journalist and medical writer and a contributor to Travel Nurse Source and Allied Travel Careers.