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Ask a Travel Nurse: Do you get car rental expenses or do you have to use public transport?

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Vroom-vroom! Bringing your own car to assignment can be an asset.

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

During an assignment, do you get car rental expenses or do you have to use public transport?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

If you plan to travel for any extended period of time, I do recommend purchasing a reliable auto or truck and driving to the assignments yourself.

I do realize this can be a BIG undertaking for someone who may not be used to driving hundreds or even thous and s of miles, but honestly, it is part of the adventure of travel nursing. Plus, you do not have to worry about rental cars or public transport when you get to an assignment.

There are companies out there that will offer rental car reimbursements, but like everything else in life, nothing is free. The company may offer it as one of their “no charge” benefits, but that money does come from somewhere in your compensation package (often resulting in less wage per hour than someone who declines this benefit).

You do need to research the city in which you will be working to see if mass transit is even an option. If you are talking New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, no problem. But small rural destinations may require your own set of wheels or a rental.

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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  1. Jennifer


    I agree for long distance work its preferable to choose a truck instead of going through a public transport or take rental car but for touring purpose rental car would be a best choice. I don’t have any idea about San Francisco, New York or Chicago but In Ireland Dan Dooley car rental services is what I always choose.

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