Now that you have had a good night’s sleep and started your first day out right you should be full of energy and ready to start your first day. For travel nurses this means the beginning of orientation. Each hospital has a different orientation process and some may be longer than others, but there are some [...]
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.
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’ve been an ER nurse for 3 years and I’m thinking about taking my first travel nursing position. What specific things would you recommend when looking for an ageny/recruiter? Anything specific I should do as I prepare to travel? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: In regard to what to do [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’m thinking of taking a travel job in Saudi Arabia. Has anyone been there on assignment? Any tips? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I have not been overseas, but perhaps some of our readers have. However, your question should also be posted on the travel nursing forums where I am [...]
Ask a Travel Question: I am a Student Nurse that is soon to graduate and is currently applying for jobs in the hospital. I know that I want to get my first year of experience and then start traveling. I have read that you recommend a person to work in a unit that interests them, [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am interested in becoming a first time traveler and will have a little over 18 months experience when I am looking to start. I have been working on a neurology/neurosurgery floor and am interested in traveling in this specialty; however, it doesn’t seem like this is a popular choice. [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am looking into my first travel nursing contract and wondered what your experiences have been with various agencies and being placed at housing provided by them vs. choosing on your own. Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: In over a decade and a half, I have never taken a [...]
I’m interested in travel nursing but I only have 14 months of experience as an RN. All my experience has been on a Telemetry/MS floor (It feels like more of a Progressive unit most days) with an average of 5 patients daily. I feel fairly confident I’d be ok but please be blunt and let [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi, I was just wondering if you knew any way to continue education with in travel nursing. I am a medsurg/tele travel nurse but I eventually would like to work up to ICU. Is it possible to do that traveling or would I have to be permanent staff? Ask [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: What is the best way to ship items? I’m guessing it is expensive because you have to bring dishes, clothes, linen’s, etc. Also do you have any recommendations for shipping a car? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: I actually just wrote to someone the other day on how shipping [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’ve accepted my second assignment located in Wyoming. I’ll be flying from GA. I’m trying to decide what kind of clothing to pack. I have looked at the average temps for the area in the upcoming months. I don’t want to take too much or too little, or something I [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Before I apply with a staffing company, how do I get a hold of the housing dept through email? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Unless the travel company has contact information on their website, you will just have to call and ask to speak with someone in their housing department. The [...]