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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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Ask a Travel Nurse: What can I do if my actual contract differs from the offer?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What can I do if my actual contract differs from the offer?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hey David, WOW, what a great website. I wish I had known about this years ago. I’ve been a Travel Nurse for over six years and recently ran into an issue for which you may be able to offer some advice. I have been working with a staffing company in […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is it better for tax purposes to take company housing or the stipend  and  per diem?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is it better for tax purposes to take company housing or the stipend and per diem?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Is it better for tax purposes to take company housing or the stipend and per diem? Do you take the company-provided housing from your company? Also, who’s your favorite agency and why? Thanks on all counts! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Your question is really hard to address from a […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I financially survive a start date delay?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I financially survive a start date delay?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi, My start date was just pushed back two weeks and this has messed up my financial situation. Any advice on a company that can get me quick per-diem shifts to supplement these two weeks? I’m in Petaluma, CA and looking for any company that may be able to help […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What are the top 10 things to know when choosing an agency?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What are the top 10 things to know when choosing an agency?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, I have a few questions. First, what are the top 10 things I need to know when choosing a Travel Nurse agency? Which agencies provide top-notch pay and excellent service? Also, what are the top 10 hospitals and locations for Travel Nursing? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Hello, […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I buy David’s book, Travel Nurse’s Bible?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I buy David’s book, Travel Nurse’s Bible?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David, How can I buy your book, Travel Nurse’s Bible? It seems on Amazon it is only available through a Kindle. I need some good advice for Travel Nursing! Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Thank you for the question. My apologies, but my book is out of print. It […]

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?

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, […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: I’m a Canadian nurse — how do I get started Travel Nursing in the United States?

Ask a Travel Nurse: I’m a Canadian nurse — how do I get started Travel Nursing in the United States?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hello! I’m looking for some advice on Travel Nursing. I work as a nurse in Canada — RN, Labor & Delivery. Can you point me in the right direction to get started Travel Nursing in the United States? I know I will have to pass the American exam (NCLEX), which […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can companies keep Travelers happy?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How can companies keep Travelers happy?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi David! After reading multiple blog posts of yours, I have a few questions pertaining to recruiters and staffing companies. I work at a smaller, fairly new staffing company and I wanted to inquire about how we can retain our nurses and make them feel valued. In your view, how […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is my base pay high enough?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Is my base pay high enough?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’m a med surg nurse with almost two years’ experience. The place I want to go is around Los Angeles and I just got recruited by one of the largest travel companies. My recruiter said there are lots of jobs and gave me quotes with really good money at first. […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do Travel Nurses maintain health insurance if working with multiple companies?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do Travel Nurses maintain health insurance if working with multiple companies?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I am just starting my research into Travel Nursing. How do Travel Nurses maintain health insurance if working with multiple companies? Do companies require a certain amount of completed or signed contracts to get insurance? Not sure how it works. Thanks for your help! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Health […]