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: What do I need to make sure is in my contract?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What do I need to make sure is in my contract?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: What do I need to make sure is in my contract? I am going to be working with a Travel Nurse company for the first time and I want to make sure that I get everything that’s been promised to me. Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I think you may [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What are the qualifications for Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What are the qualifications for Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I want to try Travel Nursing because I am young, want to explore the U.S., and make higher wages, so I am considering going to nursing school next year at a community college and getting my RN. I currently have a Bachelors of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and am [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do I have to buy new scrubs for each Travel Nursing assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do I have to buy new scrubs for each Travel Nursing assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Came across your site today and find it to be a most excellent resource. I am researching Travel Nursing options so I can begin my next career phase. The hospital I work for requires RNs to wear navy blue scrubs. Does a Traveler have to buy new scrubs with each [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do I need recent hospital experience for Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do I need recent hospital experience for Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I have several years of RN experience locally and in Travel Nursing, but I have not worked in five years. What do you suggest I do to get back into Travel Nursing? Is there a travel company who would offer me about six months to reorient and brush up on [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I switch specialties while Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I switch specialties while Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I have been an ICU nurse at a small hospital for almost four years now and I’m very interested in Travel Nursing. If I were to travel, would I only be able to take ICU positions? Or could I possibly get OR, PACU, or Cath lab job with no previous [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s the normal range for Travel Nurse salary?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s the normal range for Travel Nurse salary?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am a junior in high school and want to learn more about becoming a Travel Nurse. Can you tell me what the normal range for Travel Nurse salary would be? Thank you so much! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I’m sorry, but I am not able to give you a [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I learn more about specific Travel Nurse Agencies?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I learn more about specific Travel Nurse Agencies?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: How can I learn more about specific Travel Nurse Agencies? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I always encourage people to go about investigating companies in several ways. First, always check them out on the travel forums and see what other travelers may have to say about them. But, you should [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I get the travel nurse housing I want?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I get the travel nurse housing I want?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I just took my first travel assignment and I love it, but my company has me in a motel and not the efficient little apartment that I was promised. How do I keep this from happening and get the housing I want in the future? Also, have you ever taken [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I ask for flight reimbursement to get to my assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I ask for flight reimbursement to get to my assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I plan on taking my first travel assignment this summer and I’m looking for a company to cover airfare from Georgia to California and to offer great housing that’s safe and close to work. I’m interested in San Francisco or the Bay area and I know I may need to [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do you handle licensing in different states when travel nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do you handle licensing in different states when travel nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: How do you get so many licenses when travel nursing? Are they all compact states? Don’t you have to have a home base to even apply for your first assignment and/or license? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: If you do not already reside in a compact state, then you will [...]