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 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.

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Ask a Travel Nurse: Are breaks between contracts a problem when Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Are breaks between contracts a problem when Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, I am very interested in Travel Nursing. My kids are out of the house, so I am ready to try something new and take my first assignment as a Traveler. That said, I am concerned about being able to get my next contract after this first one without [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I know I will earn enough pay Travel Nursing to cover my expenses on the road and back home?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I know I will earn enough pay Travel Nursing to cover my expenses on the road and back home?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, I am just starting to consider Travel Nursing jobs and have many questions! My bottom line is making sure my actual cash pay will be enough to cover my travel expenses as well as my current expenses. How do I know I will earn enough pay Travel Nursing [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do Travel Nurses choose and book their own hotel?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do Travel Nurses choose and book their own hotel?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, Do Travel Nurses choose and book their own hotel? Thanks! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: From the wording of your question, I’m not sure if you are speaking of a travel assignment, strike work, or are perhaps just beginning to research Travel Nursing and learning how exactly it [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Where can I find a print copy of Travel Nurse’s Bible?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Where can I find a print copy of Travel Nurse’s Bible?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, I really want to check out your book. Where can I find a print copy of Travel Nurse’s Bible? Thank you! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Unless you want to pay some insane price that people on Amazon are charging, the only current way to get the book [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can a company legally pay for my housing and also give me the approved GSA rate for per diem?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can a company legally pay for my housing and also give me the approved GSA rate for per diem?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, Can a company legally pay for my housing and also give me the approved GSA rate for per diem? Thank you! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I believe what you are talking about are two separate categories. There is a GSA rate for both per diem housing and [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I find which Travel Nursing agency staffs hospitals in the locations I want to work?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I find which Travel Nursing agency staffs hospitals in the locations I want to work?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: First, I’m preparing for my first Travel Nursing assignment and I want to say that I really appreciated your book. It’s been a really huge help! Second, my wife and I would like to go to four specific locations and I would like to determine what agencies staff the hospitals [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi! I am possibly going to be starting a contract at a hospital that I’ve heard has cancelled contracts — including one of yours, from what I’ve read. Have you ever had your Travel Nursing contract cancelled? What happened? Thanks for sharing your experience! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: The [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What happens if my agency cannot find another Travel Nursing position in my desired area?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What happens if my agency cannot find another Travel Nursing position in my desired area?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am thinking about leaving the hospital I’m currently working at for Travel Nursing. However, my travel area is small because I have a family and do not wish to relocate. I’m concerned about taking a 13-week assignment and then being left without work if I don’t want to travel [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What are some Travel Nurse friendly facilities in Florida?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What are some Travel Nurse friendly facilities in Florida?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, I’m thinking taking an assignment in the Sunshine State. What are some Travel Nurse friendly facilities in Florida? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Hey there, it’s really hard to answer your question in that: Florida is a really large state (there could be hundreds of facilities that welcome [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is a camping trailer an option for Travel Nurse housing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is a camping trailer an option for Travel Nurse housing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi there! I’m looking into Travel Nursing in the next year. I’ve always traveled with my family with a pull-behind camping trailer, so I’m wondering: Is a camping trailer an option for Travel Nurse housing? This way, I wouldn’t have to continuously pack and move a bunch of things. Thanks [...]