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Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I work in Travel Nursing while doing a DNP online program?

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Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I work in Travel Nursing while doing a DNP online program?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

Hello, I am currently a licensed RN working towards my BSN. As soon as I am able to travel, I would like to begin an online DNP program while Travel Nursing. I’ve searched high and low, and I cannot find any information out there from any nurses who have tackled this particular issue. Can I work in Travel Nursing while doing a DNP online program? I realize there are clinical components to many DNP courses, and I also wonder if you were aware of any hospitals/agencies catering to the Travel Nurse and her educational clinical needs? Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer these questions!

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

Honestly, it sounds as if you are far better informed than I, to know whether or not you would be able to travel and complete the program! My gut tells me that you would need more stability than Travel Nursing would supply. However, you could travel and do the online course work, and then perhaps complete the clinical portion at the end of the program. But again, you would be better poised to know if this is an option.

I also do not know for sure, but would likely say that it would be hard to find any company or hospital willing to assist in this endeavor. While there are companies that assist with educational needs, these would probably be limited to the practice of nursing, and not any advanced practice role. It is much more common to see agencies with BSN programs in place.

I underst and what you are seeking; I just think you may be trying to marry two worlds that are incompatible at this time.

I’m sorry I could not provide any more specific assistance in this, but maybe someone reading this will be better able to direct you by commenting on this post.


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: Can I work in Travel Nursing while doing a DNP online program?"

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  1. Melinda


    There are several travelers working on their advanced degrees. Depending on which program you choose, you only need to be in your home state for clinicals, thats it. My program doesn’t allow preceptors out of state.

  2. Jennifer


    David I think it will depend on your DNP program. You will probably be able to make it work. I travel nursed in the past. I came to Utah and did my MSN nurse midwife program while working full time but had to cut back the last year to per diem at work so I could do clinicals. I went back 3 yrs ago and did a hybrid DNP program here in state and worked as a full time CNM during the program. It was a masters to DNP part online and part on campus on some weekends. At the time there were no full DNP programs online.
    So it just depends on your program. My DNP didnt have any clinicals because I had completed those during my masters degree. If you are doing a full BSN to DNP NP program you may be able to work an assignment and do school in between. Good luck and dont let anyone tell you it can’t be done!

  3. Nick Collins


    Hi I would agree with David and it is my belief hat grad school and especially doctoral education is much more conducive to a permanent job assignment rather than a transient travel nurse assignment. I just completed my MS and I am now enrolled in the PhD program. Definitely with a PhD you cannot work as a travel nurse. (There are no reputable online PhD programs) However with the DNP it might be possible but just keep in mind that with the clinical component and assignments it might prove difficult. Also, most facilities travelers have less favorable schedule requests so it becomes a nightmare when you need days off for clinical. My advice: ditch the travel nurse job and go staff and/or per diem

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