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: Is there a certain number of assignments Travel Nurses typically take per year?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is there a certain number of assignments Travel Nurses typically take per year?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi, David! Is there a certain number of assignments Travel Nurses typically take per year? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: The short answer is, no. I strongly caution nurses against ever signing any contracts or agreements that mandate that they take a certain number of assignments with any given company. [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Any advice for someone scared to travel alone?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Any advice for someone scared to travel alone?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am looking to take a Travel Nursing assignment in California this spring, and originally planned on doing it with my best friend but that fell through. I would really love to travel but I’m a little scared to do it on my own. I’m a 27-year-old woman, have never [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How picky can I be when choosing a Travel Nursing assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How picky can I be when choosing a Travel Nursing assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, I kind of have two questions. First, I’ve been told that when looking for a Travel Nurse assignment, you should go through a couple different agencies. True or false? Well, I did that, and just accepted an exciting job in Washington. When I told my other recruiter that [...]

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 [...]