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Ask a Travel Nurse: How long is a Travel Nurse at each location?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How long is a Travel Nurse at each location?

Take a picture, it’ll last longer! But seriously, how long is a Travel Nurse at each location?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

Hello, I’ve been a nurse for several years and am thinking about doing Travel Nursing. What I want to know is: How long is a Travel Nurse at each location? I kind of want to do Travel Nursing to explore places to live permanently and I also love traveling. Also, a couple bonus questions: Do you have a family? What’s your favorite place you’ve ever traveled?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

The amount of time you spend at any one location is often up to you. Contracts can vary in length from eight weeks all the way up to a year or two for some international travel. However, the most common contract you will find here in the states will be 13 weeks in duration.

After your initial contract, if the hospital still has a need, you can often extend your contract and do another 13 weeks. You can do this as long as the hospital has a need or allows you to stay. I have worked at places that do not allow Travelers to stay beyond a year (plus, you do run into some tax implications when committing to any one place for a year).

I do have a little one and that keeps me close to my home state of Arizona. However, I have still been able to take travel assignments within the area and even work a few strikes.

My top two locations would have to be Maui and L.A. I’ve worked three assignments in Maui, lasting a cumulative total of around two years. In L.A., I loved the atmosphere so much that I stayed three years total and worked several assignments that lasted over a year.

When you are ready to start travel, feel free to email me if you’d like some help in getting started. You can also check out my book in the Amazon digital store, Travel Nurse’s Bible, which is a sort of “how-to” book on becoming a Travel Nurse.

Hope this helps.


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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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