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Ask a Travel Nurse: Have you ever heard of a flying travel nurse?


travel nurse pilotAsk a Travel Nurse Question:

Hi, I am a new nurse, and one of the major draws for me was the travel-nursing career path. I also have a pilot’s license, so I’m curious if this could work to my advantage at some point. I could take per diem jobs week-to-week in different regions (Chicago one week, then Texas the next, for instance). Have you ever heard of anyone doing such a thing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

While you add an interesting twist to the “travel” portion in “travel nursing”, I’m not quite sure how you would incorporate this into a travel career.

Most assignments are for a set duration (typically 13 weeks) in one location. You could sign up with a travel company that also employs nurses in a per diem capacity. Then you could conceivably work a week in Chicago and then one in Texas, but I would think this a very chaotic schedule.

Plus, if you are only a VFR pilot, then the weather might be an obstacle in getting from location to location.

While not being a pilot, I too have some aircraft time, but have never had enough time to complete my full training. For me, I like the idea of taking a travel assignment and then being able to fly in all different areas of the country (rather than staying local with my flight time).

Explore it further with those companies that offer per diem opportunities. You would truly be a pioneer in this type of nursing. If you can make this work, please keep us all updated on your adventures.


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About the Author:

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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