Accompanying your travel nurse spouse on their assignment comes with many perks — but constantly job hunting is not one of them.
It can be stressful and disheartening to settle into a job only to leave it a few months later.
Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up a list of local and remote jobs that are perfect for the travel-nurse spouse lifestyle.
Keep reading to explore potential travel nurse spouse job opportunities.
Table of Contents
- Can Travel Nurses Bring Their Spouse?
- 4 Remote Jobs for Travel Nurse Spouses
- #1: Freelancing
- #2: Online Teaching
- #3: Virtual Assistant
- #4: Etsy, Amazon, or eBay
- 7 Local Travel Nurse Spouse Jobs
- #1: Delivery Service
- #2: Ride Sharing
- #3: Dog Sitting
- #4: Seasonal Positions
- #5: Join a Temporary Staffing Firm
- #6: Substitute Teaching
- #7: Babysitting or Nannying
- 3 Tips for Making It Work
- Begin Your Travel Nursing Adventure Today With Trusted Nurse Staffing
Can Travel Nurses Bring Their Spouses?
Absolutely! Travel nurses can bring their …
- Pets; and
… with them on their assignments.
Your travel nurse spouse may also choose assignments closer to your home. This still allows you two to enjoy the many benefits that travel nursing has to offer.
Because Trusted Nurse Staffing offers contracts ranging from 6 to 52 weeks, it’s possible to plan for extended nursing assignments. This would mean less frequent moves.
Whatever you choose, the recruiters at Trusted Nurse Staffing are here to help.
If you have any questions, you or your travel nurse spouse can give us a call. We’re happy to help you both through the assignment process.
4 Remote Jobs for Travel Nurse Spouses
If you’ve never worked remotely, you might not know the perks of:
- Setting your own schedule
- Working from wherever life takes you; and
- Managing your workload on your own time
Luckily for you, travel nurse spouses make a great match for many remote jobs.
Read on to learn about remote job opportunities perfect for travel nurse spouses.
“Freelancing” is an umbrella term that essentially means you’re hired for a temporary or need-based job.
You could find freelance work in almost anything, whether you work in:
- Graphic design
- Web development
- Coding; or
- Content creation
Explore local job boards or online job sites to see what freelance work is available in your line of work.
#2: Online Teaching
Constantly moving, especially from state to state, can be difficult for travel nurse spouses in education.
What happens if your spouse gets a new assignment in the middle of the school year?
And constantly keeping up with the correct credentials can be overwhelming for even the most organized person.
Consider online teaching with Outschool or another online teaching platform for those with a teaching degree.
#3: Virtual Assistant
From part-time to full-time — virtual assistants are always in demand.
If you’re detail-oriented and efficient, you could find work helping others:
- Make phone calls
- Make travel arrangements or restaurant reservations
- Track down prices
- Manage entry
- Maintain a calendar
- Prepare presentations and/or spreadsheets
- Provide CRM administration (updates and data entry)
#4: Etsy, Amazon, or eBay
This could be a great option if you have a skill such as creating macramé or small leather-work pieces.
A skill that is transportable and that you can continue producing or creating on the road is ideal.
eBay is great for those looking to flip or resell items. If you’re into thrifting, check out …
- Local thrift stores
- Garage sales; or
- Facebook Marketplace
… and resell them online.
Because it’s at your leisure, you’re able to pause or hide your listing when you:
- Don’t feel like working; or
- While you’re traveling or getting settled in your new home
7 Local Travel Nurse Spouse Jobs
Instead of turning to Google and searching “job idea for travel nurse spouse,” consider these local opportunities.
They offer flexibility to work on your terms so you can spend your free time the way you want to.
#1: Delivery Service
We’ve all been there —
Sometimes you’re craving a coffee and pastry but don’t feel like driving to your neighborhood coffee shop. Or cooking a homemade meal for dinner sounds like a chore, so you turn to a delivery service.
Maybe you’ve tried:
- Uber Eats
- Instacart; or
But have you considered working for one of them?
Driving for a delivery service company offers flexible scheduling and provides a great way to get to know your new city!
#2: Ride Sharing
Driving for Lyft or Uber is another great way to get yourself more familiar with your new city.
Plus, if you’re the chatty type, talking with your riders is a great way to meet new people and potential new friends, too.
#3: Dog Sitting
Are you a dog-lover?
Does getting some fresh air or taking a long walk sound like a great use of your day?
Consider a dog or pet sitting position. Companies like Rover or Wag offer the chance to get paid doing something you love.
You’re able to:
- Set your own schedule and prices
- Offer any combination of pet care services
- Set size, age, and other pet preferences that work for you
- Manage your availability from your phone.
Some companies, like Rover, offer additional perks as a sitter, including vet care reimbursement and 24/7 support, including vet assistance.
Depending on your ideal workload, you can choose to offer services like:
- Care for a dog or cat overnight in your home. Sitters who offer boarding can make up to 2x more than sitters who don’t.
- Dog Walking
- Pick up dog walks that fit your schedule.
- Doggy Day Care
- Ideal for work-from-home dog lovers.
- House Sitting or Drop-In Visits
- Stay with or check up on pets in their own homes.
#4: Seasonal Positions
Retail or hospitality work is a great option.
If you’re living in a tourist area during the high-travel or tourist season …
- Local clothing stores
- Coffee shops; or
… all make great options.
And don’t forget to look into or consider popular tourist attractions..
#5: Join a Temporary Staffing Firm
Job sites like …
- Kelly Services
- Zip Recruiter
- Shag a Job; and
… often list temp jobs.
If you’re open to different types of jobs, this could provide you with the greatest variety of opportunities.
#6: Substitute Teaching
Substitute teaching is a great option for those in education who still want to engage with their students in person.
However, it is not as reliable a position as others.
Because you’re essentially on-call, planning ahead or ensuring you’re home when your spouse is can be nearly impossible.
On the other hand, long-term sub positions can offer stability and consistency. Try to find one that matches the amount of time as your spouse’s travel nursing assignment.
#7: Babysitting or Nannying
Becoming a babysitter or nanny provides a great balance of flexibility and stability.
In your job search, you’re able to state your ideal work schedule and only apply for or accept positions that fit your availability.
If you accept a position, you’re able to rely on that income and also know that it likely won’t change, providing you the stability you need to plan ahead.
3 Tips for Making It Work
#1: Consider Transportation
Will you be taking two cars to your new home?
If you’re not working remotely, how will you get to work?
Consider whether you’ll have to rely on …
- Public transportation
- Biking; or
… to get to work and keep this in mind as you’re applying for potential jobs.
#2: Plan Ahead for Stress
Moving with your travel nurse can be overwhelming.
Tasks such as …
- Moving; and
- Constant decision making
… are enough to make anyone stress out.
As a travel nursing spouse, you can help research and secure housing and get recurring bills transferred and established.
You can also get ahead and help sort all your belongings, pack, and sell or store anything you’re not taking on your move.
#3: Synchronize Your Schedules
The main reason for moving with your spouse is to be able to see them when they’re not at work.
It would be unfortunate to be at work when your spouse has a day off.
Try to be flexible if your spouse’s schedule can’t be — and plan ahead whenever you can.
Want to Stick Close to Home? TNS Can Help
Need a break from moving?
You’re in luck —
It’s possible to find positions close to your home, so you can take a break from on-the-road life.
But, travel nursing close to home comes with certain stipulations from the IRS and occasionally the agency you work for.
The biggest difference is that the travel nurse will not receive the same subsidies (stipends) for lodging and meals.
You and your spouse will need to weigh the pros and cons of travel nursing in your home state.
Begin Your Travel Nursing Adventure Today With Trusted Nurse Staffing
The recruiters at Trusted Nurse Staffing are here to help make transitions as smooth as possible.
We work to make sure both our nurses and their families feel completely comfortable in their new surroundings.
At Trusted Nurse Staffing, we believe in rewarding our traveling nurses and their spouses with the benefits they deserve.
- The highest pay in the industry
- Medical benefits for the entire family
- Dental and vision benefits
- Flexible full or part-time contracts
- Sign-on and completion bonuses
- Travel, housing, and food stipends
- Wellness benefits
- License, certifications, and CEU reimbursements
- And more
In addition to our many benefits, we also offer free furnished accommodations, or you can choose a housing stipend and choose your own housing.
Whatever option is right for you, you’ll get an inventory list of what is provided in the home before you arrive.
Plus, we provide 24/7 support while you and your spouse are on the road.
We value every single travel nurse we work with, so we always have someone standing by to address any questions you may have.
For more information, get in touch with one of our recruiters below.