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: In travel nursing, how do I know if I am being paid fairly?

Ask a Travel Nurse: In travel nursing, how do I know if I am being paid fairly?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: In travel nursing, how do I know if I am being paid fairly? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I get a ton of emails asking this, but always feel a bit defensive of the profession of travel nursing when I respond. I suppose that is because I look back on a [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can a nursing student prepare to travel in the future?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can a nursing student prepare to travel in the future?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am going to college soon for nursing and I hope to become a Travel Nurse after a year of hospital experience. I have a few questions about how I can prepare: Is it easy to make friends with other nurses? What are some skills that will benefit me in [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How should I handle housing on my first assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How should I handle housing on my first assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’m about to sign on for my first travel nurse assignment. Should I take the housing allowance and find my own place or should I take paid housing arrangements through the agency?       Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: On your first assignment, I strongly suggest taking the company provided [...]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How should I handle getting state licenses as a new Traveler?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How should I handle getting state licenses as a new Traveler?

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: How do I handle Traveler cliques on assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I handle Traveler cliques on assignment?

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: Do you get car rental expenses or do you have to use public transport?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do you get car rental expenses or do you have to use public transport?

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: 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: Can I take long breaks between travel nursing assignments?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I take long breaks between travel nursing assignments?

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: Do Travel Nurses need liability insurance?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do Travel Nurses need liability insurance?

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: What expenses are tax-deductible when travel nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What expenses are tax-deductible when travel nursing?

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 [...]