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 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.
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 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 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 [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hello, I am an RN and I want to start traveling. I’m highly concerned about housing, especially in cities that have higher cost of living. How do I know I’m getting a good housing deal in a safe neighborhood? Should I take the allotted housing allowance and find my own [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, I am interested in Alaska Travel Nursing but have heard good and bad things about the small towns not liking outsiders. Just wondering if you have had experience in Barrow, Sitka, or Nome? I really like small towns but don’t want to be uncomfortable. Thanks for the input! [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I was curious about obtaining a compact license from South Carolina. I was told by my recruiter that because I am staying in South Carolina for six months that I can somehow use the South Carolina address to obtain my compact license while keeping my permanent address in Pennsylvania which [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, What should I do about a termination dispute with my Travel Nursing company? I have been a NICU nurse for 35 years and recently started an assignment in Texas. While on assignment I was asked to work in PICU, a specialty I do not feel qualified for. When [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse: Should first-time Travel Nurses let the company handle housing or arrange their own?
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, I am taking my first Travel Nursing assignment and looking at housing. Should first-time Travel Nurses let the company handle housing or arrange their own? Thank you! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: In 20 years of Travel Nursing, I have always let the travel company book my housing. [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, I am still in high school, but am interested in becoming a Travel Nurse. I am unsure what classes I should take now that would help me later and I also have no idea what colleges to consider — or if I should go to a two-year school [...]
Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am interested in traveling, but I have a family and my Travel Nursing agency just sent me an incredibly high quote for covering my family for health insurance. What are my options for affordable health insurance as a Travel Nurse? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: You likely have two [...]