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 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 [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I get affordable health insurance while Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I get affordable health insurance while Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: The agency that I’m planning to start a contract with in January offers health insurance, but it’s expensive. How can I get affordable health insurance while Travel Nursing? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: When it comes to insurance, this is an area where all companies are definitely NOT alike. Some [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I get better pay on Travel Nursing assignments?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I get better pay on Travel Nursing assignments?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’ve been a nurse for 10 years and am very strongly considering switching to Travel Nursing. I currently work as a float nurse throughout a 1000-bed Missouri hospital specializing in NICU/Peds/PICU. I make $31 per hour, and do OK because I work premium shifts about once a week bringing my [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can a new staffing agency get it right for Travel Nurses?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can a new staffing agency get it right for Travel Nurses?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I have opened a medical and allied healthcare specialist contract placement firm and want to make sure my travel section is offering the most attractive pay and service package for our candidates. How would you set up a new staffing agency for Travelers if you could, from scratch, and do [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I choose a Travel Nurse agency?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I choose a Travel Nurse agency?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’ve done a couple Travel Nursing assignments, and have loved the traveling and experiences! My question concerns getting the best pay and benefits from a Travel Nurse agency. My very first Travel Nurse assignment was about seven years ago in California, and I remember making so much more money than [...]