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Ask a Travel Nurse: What is the best Travel Nursing company for my specialty?

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Ask a Travel Nurse: What is the best Travel Nursing company for my specialty?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

Hi David,

I am a PACU nurse with 28 years of experience and I’m about to try Travel Nursing! I’d like to go to Phoenix, Arizona for the winter and wonder if you know what is the best Travel Nursing company for my specialty? I’ve literally spent all day looking at ratings and reviews, and am just wondering if there are different issues per specialty.


Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

I suppose there could be agencies that cater to certain specialties, but I don’t know of any that limit their scope to certain areas of nursing.

Most any facility will contract with multiple agencies that place all specialties. While PACU positions are by no means rare, agencies will certainly have more positions in specialties like tele or critical care. Therefore, you will want to sign up with multiple agencies to open you up to a good number of assignments.

While many agencies could have the same offerings, even in a popular specialty like critical care, I will find some of my agencies carry assignments that the others don’t.

I don’t know that you will run into any specialty-specific issues related to travel. You can always check out the online Travel Nursing forums to find fellow PACU Travelers.

If you need any help getting started, I do offer to set nurses up with the great recruiters I use for my travels. Just email me at and I’ll be happy to help get you started.

I hope this helps.


About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

2 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: What is the best Travel Nursing company for my specialty?"

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  1. Deb says:

    Hi there. I am having a tough time locating a travel company or 2 that offer contracts for wound ostomy care nursing. Any you know of? I am new to traveling and want to start in denver CO. Thank you for any direction.

  2. David says:

    Hey Deb. The best I can do is put you in contact with the recruiters I work with at the companies I use for my travels. My assumption is that you would need to be on file with a good many companies to keep your assignments consecutive, as you are in a specialty that is not common.

    I do not endorse or recommend “companies” per se, but rather, great people within those companies. I firmly believe that the key to a great travel experience is in having a great recruiter. However, the number of companies with which you maintain a file will be a consideration for you. But I’d be happy to help get you connected with some of the great people in the industry I use.

    What works best for both my recruiters and I is to have you send me your best contact info (full name, best email, and best phone number where they might reach you). I’ll forward your info to my recruiters and then email you the name of the person who will be contacting you, the company for which they work, and a little bio on the company. These people are the ONLY people who will receive any of your information.

    I would also need to know if you have already spoken with any recruiters or even just contacted a company and given them your information. The reason for this is because of the way that I refer nurses to my recruiters and not wanting to submit your name to a company where you are already working with, or have been assigned, a recruiter.

    Presently, there are four companies where I have established great contacts for my own travels. These people have helped me get quite a few new travelers started in their careers. Most are medium sized companies (that give better customer service, but may not have all of the assignments that the “giants” do). However, I also have a really great recruiter at one of…if not, THE, largest travel company out there. This is one instance where having a great recruiter is KEY.

    I ALWAYS advise travelers to be on file with at least a handful of companies (after two decades of travel, I am still on file with six or seven). But in your case, you may want to be on file with twice as many, depending on how many assignment offerings you find.

    Don’t be afraid to have several companies looking for you at once, but be courteous to your recruiters and let them know if you do take an assignment with anyone else (so they do not continue to spend their time seeking an assignment for you).

    So, if you send me your contact info and let me know about any companies with which you have had contact, I’ll be happy to pass along your info and help get you connected with some more options for travel.

    I hope this helps.


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