Author Archive: David Morrison R.N.

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: 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 […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Who do you suggest for Travel Nurse tax preparation?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Who do you suggest for Travel Nurse tax preparation?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: I’m trying to find a trustworthy, reliable tax company that knows how to do taxes for Travel Nurses. Who do you suggest for Travel Nurse tax preparation? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: That’s actually an easy one! Head over to TravelTax.com and you can download one of their workbooks to […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can you help me find housing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can you help me find housing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi! I’ve been looking for housing in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I want safe, lovely, and affordable. This is my first assignment. Can you help me find housing? Thank you! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: While we, or I guess I should say I, am not someone to find housing for […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Will I make enough money Travel Nursing to pay my mortgage back home?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Will I make enough money Travel Nursing to pay my mortgage back home?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi, David! I grew up as a military kid so I love traveling and Travel Nursing is one of my goals. My biggest fear is that traveling will not allow me to pay my mortgage at home and regular bills. One person I talked to said they only make $22/hour […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I work with more than one recruiter?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I work with more than one recruiter?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:  In Travel Nursing, it seems like a great idea work with more than one recruiter — or is it? Can I work with one than one recruiter? Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:  Many seasoned travelers use multiple recruiters (often even three or four). The best way to approach this is […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I establish residency and qualify for the tax-free stipend?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I establish residency and qualify for the tax-free stipend?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hello, I’ve read your advice column and bought your book, and I’m hoping you can guide me. I will be keeping my New York home address at my parents’ and paying them monthly. I’m relocating to California to Travel Nurse and want to get my own apartment so I can […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: What do you do about safety concerns on assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse: What do you do about safety concerns on assignment?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hello, Mr. Morrison, I had a bad experience on my most recent assignment and my contract was terminated last week. My company was made aware two months ago about safety issues on the unit and my desire to break my contract due to these safety issues — which included no […]

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I find my own Travel Nurse housing?

Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I find my own Travel Nurse housing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question: Hi, David! I’m a new Traveler and am curious about finding my own housing. How do I find my own Travel Nurse housing? Also, do you recommend certain Travel Nursing companies? Thanks! Ask a Travel Nurse Answer: Hello, My best advice: Remain curious, at least for your first assignment. While […]