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: Do I have to use my own insurance to cover a company physical?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do I have to use my own insurance to cover a company physical?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am a Travel Tech and my physical is due to a new company I plan to work for. I got the impression that my future travel company is not going to pay for this physical and that I am to use my insurance to cover it. Is this a […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Should I take a lower hourly pay rate to start in a local assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Should I take a lower hourly pay rate to start in a local assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, I’m a new Traveler and I am hoping to take my first assignment locally. I was offered an assignment, but I’m wondering if the wage is low for this area, because it’s less than I get at my current job. Should I take a lower hourly pay rate […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Who do you recommend for Travel Nurse tax prep?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Who do you recommend for Travel Nurse tax prep?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’m on my first Travel Nursing assignment and want no part of preparing taxes this year! I recall reading one of your blogs that mentioned a tax preparer who’s good for Travel Nurses, but can’t find it now. Who do you recommend for Travel Nurse tax prep? Thank you! GO […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s the best hospital for Travel Nurses in Houston?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What’s the best hospital for Travel Nurses in Houston?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’d like to take an assignment in Houston, preferably in psych, but I understand psych positions are often limited so my next choice is med/surg. I have a choice in hospitals to pick from, but I was wanting to know which hospital would be the best and what other nurses […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is my base pay high enough?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is my base pay high enough?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’m a med surg nurse with almost two years’ experience. The place I want to go is around Los Angeles and I just got recruited by one of the largest travel companies. My recruiter said there are lots of jobs and gave me quotes with really good money at first. […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What can I do if my actual contract differs from the offer?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What can I do if my actual contract differs from the offer?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hey David, WOW, what a great website. I wish I had known about this years ago. I’ve been a Travel Nurse for over six years and recently ran into an issue for which you may be able to offer some advice. I have been working with a staffing company in […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How long is a Travel Nurse at each location?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How long is a Travel Nurse at each location?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hello, I’ve been a nurse for several years and am thinking about doing Travel Nursing. What I want to know is: How long is a Travel Nurse at each location? I kind of want to do Travel Nursing to explore places to live permanently and I also love traveling. Also, […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I prove my permanent residence?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I prove my permanent residence?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: How do I prove my permanent residence? Is it enough to receive a credit card bill at your residence and have your driver’s license and voter’s registration from the same address, or do you need to have a utility bill with the address? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I guess my […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I keep the extra money from my Travel Nurse housing stipend?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I keep the extra money from my Travel Nurse housing stipend?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Can I keep the extra money from my Travel Nurse housing stipend after I pay my monthly rent? My recruiter said no, which left me confused. For example, if my stipend is $2,000 per month, and I utilized $1,000 for rent and other housing expenses, am I allowed to “pocket” […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Are Travel Nurses paid more than perm staff?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Are Travel Nurses paid more than perm staff?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, I am interested in Travel Nursing, but have a few questions about pay. How do they determine your pay and can you negotiate salary? Are Travel Nurses paid more than perm staff and other nurses who do not travel? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Pay is determined as […]