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: 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 [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I get my state license through one Travel Nursing company then switch to another?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I get my state license through one Travel Nursing company then switch to another?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am a new nurse hoping to travel! I’ve recently been recruited by an agency for jobs in California, and I sent all my California license info through their recruiters and company. Now I am worried because after looking at multiple Travel Nursing sites this company has many terrible reviews. [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do nurses get started in Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do nurses get started in Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hey there, I’m an aspiring nurse and I’m curious, how do nurses get started in Travel Nursing? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Honestly, it’s really pretty simple as long as you know what you’re getting into. All that is currently required of many agencies is that you are a registered [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What documentation does a Travel Nursing company request upfront?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What documentation does a Travel Nursing company request upfront?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hello David, I am new to Travel Nursing and applied recently with a certain company. They are asking me online to forward them a copy of my driver’s license, social security card, and certifications (ACLS, BLS, PALS). I haven’t been offered a job or position yet, so I’m wondering, what [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What do I do for health insurance between Travel Nursing assignments?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What do I do for health insurance between Travel Nursing assignments?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: It looks like most Travel Nursing companies’ insurance starts on day 1 of an assignment, so what do I do for health insurance between Travel Nursing assignments? Also, can you get health insurance for spouse, too? Thank you. Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Many travel nursing companies offer insurance coverage [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How has Travel Nursing changed in the past decade?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How has Travel Nursing changed in the past decade?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am an RN with 23 years’ experience under my belt. I was Travel Nurse for five years about 11 years ago and I am looking to get back into it before I retire. Since I haven’t traveled for 11 years I’d like your advice regarding best travel companies and [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I find the perfect Travel Nursing job?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I find the perfect Travel Nursing job?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: As a first-time “wannabe Traveler,” where can I find a small, Traveler-friendly hospital, good pay and benefits, a beautiful location and surroundings, and nurses who will be helpful and give good orientation? Don’t laugh, this must be possible somewhere! I have 20-plus years in ER with all the certifications. I’ve [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do Travel Nursing companies ever post the hourly rate for jobs on their websites?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do Travel Nursing companies ever post the hourly rate for jobs on their websites?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, Do Travel Nursing companies ever post the hourly rate for jobs on their websites? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I do not know of any company that does this and could probably tell you the reason. To do this, a company would have to factor in MANY variables [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Are companies willing to negotiate Travel Nursing pay?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Are companies willing to negotiate Travel Nursing pay?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: When it comes to pay, are most offers for hospital jobs set in stone? Are companies willing to negotiate Travel Nursing pay? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: In Travel Nursing, many assignments simply pay what they pay. While you may have a little wiggle room on your hourly rate, that [...]