By January 27, 2010 3 Comments

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I use public transportation during my travel nurse job?


A few weeks back we discussed getting around in the city of your travel nursing assignment. In the next few posts, we’ll take a look at some of the ways that can be accomplished.

Obviously, if you are like me and drive to every assignment, transportation should not be an issue once you arrive. If you do choose to drive, you should always have a road atlas in your vehicle and I strongly recommend getting either a GPS enabled phone or a unit for your car. These become invaluable pieces of navigation in unfamiliar nurse waiting for bus

Now if you choose to arrive by other means, like flying for example, then you will need to figure out how you are going to get around once you get there.

The most basic way is by using your own two feet. When I worked in San Francisco, I walked to work every night. Of course this only works if you are in fact within walking distance to where you will be working. If not, you will probably be using public transportation.

Public transportation will require some research in advance. First, you will want to make sure this is even an option. When I worked a travel assignment on Maui, I learned that on that particular island, there is no real mass transit system in place. However, in most major cities, you will have one or more options in mass transit.

Buses and trains will probably be the most frequently encountered forms of transportation. Both of these will require careful planning as you will need to find a station or stop near where you will be living as well as where you will be working.

If you are traveling to a city with a subway system, the Internet can be a big help in finding your way. For example, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York maintains a website with subway, train, and bus schedules ( It also includes detailed maps for the transit routes.

Regardless of the method of transportation in your assignment city, a little forethought can go a long way toward reducing the stress associated with finding your way around in a new location.

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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.

3 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I use public transportation during my travel nurse job?"

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  1. Jeff Barth says:

    David, Good comments on local travel. One additional idea would be to look at getting a monthly pass. Buying a monthly pass for commutting provides a convenient single receipt for the expenses which you undoubtedly would want to deduct as part of your transportation expenses. As travel nurses you are entitled to certain tax benefits/deductions. Easy record keeping helps! – Jeff (The Travel Nurse TaxPro)

  2. Ben Joerg says:

    Great point by Jeff – I was thinking the same thing on the monthly pass which has worked well for our company – Nice little perk for the nurse!

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