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: How do you know which Travel Nursing company to work with?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do you know which Travel Nursing company to work with?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hello, I have three years’ nursing experience and I really want to travel — but I don’t have a clue about anything! There are so many companies out there and I don’t know any Travel Nurses. How do you know which Travel Nursing company to work with? I don’t want […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What pays more — per diem or Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What pays more — per diem or Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Dear David, I love my per diem position in Arizona — I am able to have maximum flexibility and still maintain full-time hours. Now though, I’d like to move to Nashville, Tennessee. How can I maximize my pay and my flexibility? In my experience per diem pays great, but is […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is it better for tax purposes to take company housing or the stipend and per diem?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is it better for tax purposes to take company housing or the stipend and per diem?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Is it better for tax purposes to take company housing or the stipend and per diem? Do you take the company-provided housing from your company? Also, who’s your favorite agency and why? Thanks on all counts! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Your question is really hard to address from a […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What are some good housing websites for furnished listings?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What are some good housing websites for furnished listings?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: What are some good housing websites for furnished listings? I’m having a difficult time finding real people and real listings in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. Do you have any tips? Thanks so much! P.S. I’m still on my first assignment and the convenience of taking the housing seems so enticing, […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What is the best company for strikes?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What is the best company for strikes?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: What is the best company for strikes? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I suppose the best answer to your question on which strike company to travel with, would be the one that pays the most. Please don’t take me to be flippant in my response, it’s just that one trustworthy […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: In which state do I register my fifth wheel trailer?

Ask a Travel Nurse: In which state do I register my fifth wheel trailer?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David. I bought a fifth wheel trailer to travel in during my assignments, but am having trouble registering it due to my different addresses. In which state do I register my fifth wheel trailer? Do you know of any laws for Travel Nurses that would allow me to keep […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What opportunities are available for international Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What opportunities are available for international Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hello, David! Can you tell me what opportunities are available for international Travel Nursing? Specifically, I would like to know if you have any names for Travel Nurse agencies in the United Kingdom. Much appreciated! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:              I receive many emails asking for information on international Travel […]

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 […]