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By September 18, 2013 0 Comments

Ask a Travel Nurse: How long can I expect to work as a travel nurse?


Couple in convertible car smilingAsk a Travel Nurse Question:  

I am a second-career nurse — before nursing I was in airfreight sales. I am 63 years old I look younger than my years (or so I am told many times) I am in great shape physically I have been a travel nurse for three years and so far the majority of my assignments last nine months. I mostly get PCU, Med-Surg, Telemetry assignments. How long can I expect to work as a travel nurse? 

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

Hey Patricia, has someone given you an expiration date? 😉

I imagine that you can do this as long as you wish. With baby boomers retiring and then consequently needing healthcare, I see no end to the shortage of nurses needed throughout the country. As long as you are able to meet the physical dem and s of the position, I have never heard from any travelers that they were declined an assignment with age as a possible factor.

Besides, if you look younger, keep telling them you’re in your fifties; I doubt anyone would even catch it!


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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