Author Archive: David Morrison R.N.

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 over thirty travel contracts, worked with several different travel agencies, and currently hold about a half dozen nursing licenses in different states.

Last year I wrote a book entitled, Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), which can be found at TravelNursesBible.com. I am currently blogging on this site and writing a monthly column in Healthcare Traveler Magazine.

I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

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Ask a Travel Nurse: How is a Travel Nurse housing stipend calculated?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How is a Travel Nurse housing stipend calculated?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I understand that the housing allowance varies from region to region and even city to city, but how is a Travel Nurse housing stipend calculated? Is the allowable stipend it based on city/county housing? And how can I find an area’s values? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Unfortunately, the answer [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s a fair hourly pay rate for Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s a fair hourly pay rate for Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: What’s a fair hourly pay rate for Travel Nursing? For example, I used to work for $38 per hour. Now I want to travel, and an agency quoted me $20 per hour for Miami. Am I getting ripped off with that pay rate? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: If you [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Does Travel Nursing in Hawaii pay well?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Does Travel Nursing in Hawaii pay well?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: My co-worker and I have decided to break free from our local hospital and try a Travel Nurse contract. Even though it is expensive, we thought Hawaii would be a nice destination. My question is, does Travel Nursing in Hawaii pay well? How do we make this work so that [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: When should I sign my next Travel Nursing contract?

Ask a Travel Nurse: When should I sign my next Travel Nursing contract?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hello, I’m a fairly new Travel Nurse and have a lot of questions. Mainly right now I’m wondering: When should I sign my next Travel Nursing contract? My contract date is coming to a close and I’ve been offered a few jobs that are just OK. If I hold out [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I transition from LPN to Travel RN?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I transition from LPN to Travel RN?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’m an LPN transitioning to RN, and Travel Nursing has always been a dream of mine. My question is: How do I transition from LPN to Travel RN? Should I take on an ER RN position for experience before attempting to try Travel Nursing? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: The [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s the best Travel Nursing company?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s the best Travel Nursing company?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’m new to the idea of Travel Nursing and want to give it a try. But, there are so many companies — it blows my mind! What’s the best Travel Nursing company? Can you recommend a few good Travel Nursing companies for me to research and/or a recruiter, to get [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What is needed to prove my perm address?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What is needed to prove my perm address?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: What is needed to prove my perm address? Is receiving a credit card bill there enough to demonstrate that it’s my perm address, or would it have to be a utility bill, or even having my driver’s license and voters registration listed there? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I guess [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What are the best hospitals nationwide?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What are the best hospitals nationwide?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’m thinking about becoming a Travel Nurse next year, and I will be taking my husband and two children with me, so I’m looking for a place that treats their Travelers well and might have potential for assignment extensions. Can you tell me: What are the best hospitals nationwide? Ask [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is my Travel Nursing contract OK?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is my Travel Nursing contract OK?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David! I’m getting ready to start my very first Travel Nursing assignment in a couple of weeks. I just got my contract today and I was wondering if you would mind taking a look at it and seeing if everything looks OK? I can email it to you if [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do clinics offer Travel Nursing jobs?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do clinics offer Travel Nursing jobs?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I work in clinics (started in family medicine then went to endoscopy procedures) and have always presumed this meant I couldn’t become a Travel Nurse. But recently, an agency saw my resume posted on a job board and contacted me for a travel clinic position! On the other hand, most [...]