Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Do you have a list of options that you make sure you spell out on a contract, sort of a guide or checklist to follow to make sure that all your needs, issues and concerns are spelled out within your contract? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: The things that you [...]
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.
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am preparing to find my first travel job and have found that many of the jobs in the states we want to go request that you have your license in hand before applying. My recruiters have even suggested getting these state licenses (before I even know if I will [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: How do you handle cliques during orientation for a travel assignment? I tend to make friends easily, but lately it’s been difficult and I’ve noticed a lot of cliques at new traveler orientation. Any advice? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I’m actually not certain that I’ve ever run into the [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: During an assignment, do you get car rental expenses or do you have to use public transport? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: If you plan to travel for any extended period of time, I do recommend purchasing a reliable auto or truck and driving to the assignments yourself. I do [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse: How do you disconnect from home yet maintain relationships while travel nursing?
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am an RN working in Toronto, Canada. Travelling has always been one of my interests, however I am too attached to my home in Toronto and everything I have become familiar with. How did you learn how to disconnect but maintain relationships along the way while traveling? Ask a [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am thinking of entering the travel nurse field and I was wondering: Does taking long breaks in between assignments looks bad on a travel nurse resume? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: The answer to this would be based on the perception of the person looking at your file. It [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I was wondering if you think liability insurance is a must for Travel Nurses? And, if so, do you have some recommendations? Thank you! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I’m sorry to say that I cannot recommend a good liability coverage company as I am a nurse who does not [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I traveled with an agency for six months this past year. I worked for an hourly wage and did not get extra for mileage, meals, or housing. I do have a tax home and traveled 90 miles to the job and had an apartment there where I stayed three nights [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Would accepting a travel nursing assignment be different for someone with two small children? Are accommodations provided for people traveling with a family? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: While travel nursing is certainly easier when you are single or unencumbered, there are many nurses who travel with a [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: What experience is needed to start travel nursing? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: While it used to be a year of experience in whichever specialty you wanted to travel, most companies now mandate at least two years of recent experience. You will also be best served if that [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’m new to traveling and recently consented over the phone to an assignment (verbal only). The company notified the facility of my verbal agreement and sent out the contract to me, but I have not yet signed. Another position came up (with a different company) which is a much [...]