Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Do you have a list of options that you make sure you spell out on a contract, sort of a guide or checklist to follow to make sure that all your needs, issues and concerns are spelled out within your contract? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: The things that you [...]
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: What experience is needed to start travel nursing? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: While it used to be a year of experience in whichever specialty you wanted to travel, most companies now mandate at least two years of recent experience. You will also be best served if that [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’m new to traveling and recently consented over the phone to an assignment (verbal only). The company notified the facility of my verbal agreement and sent out the contract to me, but I have not yet signed. Another position came up (with a different company) which is a much [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: How do some travel nurses live out of their motor homes/campers? I think this would be efficient but I don’t see how it is feasible. Not every hospital is going to be within reasonable driving distance from an RV site. I appreciate any advice. Thanks! Ask a Travel Nurse [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I graduated from Mount Carmel College of Nursing in 2009 and have worked in Florida the past 3 years. I just did my first travel assignment in Minnesota and really enjoyed it. I wanted to know: What are the best cities/states to travel to? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I know it’s recommended for an aspiring travel nurse to accumulate two years of hospital experience in order to travel. Should those two years be in the same specialty or is it possible, for example, to have one year of med/surg/tele experience and then a year of ED experience [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am a second-career nurse — before nursing I was in airfreight sales. I am 63 years old I look younger than my years (or so I am told many times) I am in great shape physically I have been a travel nurse for three years and so far [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: As a travel nurse, is it fairly easy to work full time continuously without long breaks in assignments? I have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing but am willing to work on a Bachelor’s degree. Do you think a BSN could help me secure more continuous work? Ask a Travel [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: If you have your own car do you generally receive compensation for transportation while under contract? If you don’t bring your car with you is a transportation stipend given? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but transportation while you are on assignment is [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: If you would rather find your own housing than have the agency arrange it for you, what should you expect for compensation for housing? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Unfortunately, neither I, nor anyone else, can answer this question for you. The reason being is because your housing subsidy can [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: This is my first time applying for travel nurse positions and I have two questions: 1. I have 16 years experience and have been offered pay equal to that of new grad nurse by some companies. Is the pay lower for travel nursing? 2. How difficult is it to [...]