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Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I get started travel nursing?


new travel nurseAsk a Travel Nurse Question:

Hello, I am interested in becoming a Travel nurse starting in 2012. I have 2 years Med Surg experience, 2 years Post Partum experience and 1 year L & D experience. I was wondering if someone could give me a few tips on how to decide which company to start with and how to get my ducks in order to prepare for this. Thank you!

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

If you’d like to email me at, I can give you the names of a few recruiters I trust, at the companies I recommend. I always tell travelers to sign up with at least a few travel nursing companies to open yourself to more assignment options.

A few resources I recommend for those just starting out are and the Delphi forum for traveling professionals (go to, look for the box on the right that says “Explore existing forums”, type in “travel nursing” and the top result is a group called Travel Nurses and Therapists with over half a million members).

Pan Travelers is also another good site with a forum. They have a free section and also a portion where there is a charge to access that information. You can subscribe to Healthcare Traveler Magazine for free on their website as well as read back issues. You can also join Healthcare Travelbook which is a sort of Facebook style place for travelers. I also blog on a site that has good travel information at

I will also recommend my book, Travel Nurse’s Bible, which takes all of the information and my experiences from over 15 years of being a traveler, and puts it into one place. It’s not a necessary purchase to become a traveler, but it has helped quite a few nurses gain a better understanding of the process. If you’d like to check out what is included in the book, you can take a look at

Hope this helps and feel free to email me for the names of the recruiters with whom I work.


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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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