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Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I work part time as a travel nurse?


Clock SmallAsk a Travel Nurse Question:  

I would prefer to work about 3 days a week, with about 24-36 total hours per week. Can I negotiate a travel nurse contract to work less than full time?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:   

You can always ask, but I do not know of any company that employs travelers for less than full time hours (36 if working 12’s and 40 if working 8’s).

A facility needs help. If they are to the point where they need outside help (i.e. travelers) who are they going to hire? A half-dozen part-time employees or three full time travelers? It just does not make sense to go to all the trouble of bringing in an outside employee to only work part-time (especially when this is the industry norm).

Plus, if a facility needs help and has two applicants (one willing to work full time and one part time), who do you think will get the assignment?

Thank you for writing as I don’t know that I’ve ever answered this exact question before and hopefully the information will help you and others when navigating a travel assignment.

David Morrison

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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