By January 13, 2010 2 Comments

Ask a Travel Nurse: How should I plan to get around during my travel nursing job?


I have always wanted to travel to New York and it is still on my “to do” list. However, when you travel to any big city such as New York or San Francisco, special consideration must be given to the transportation you will use while on assignment.

I have worked in San Francisco and getting around there was a bit different from the other assignments I have taken. I did take my truck, but if you wish to take your vehicle on a “big city” assignment, there are a few things into which you should first check.

Even before you accept your assignment, you should be thinking about what your mode of transportation will be. Some travelers fly everywhere and rent a car once they arrive. Others, like myself, prefer to drive everywhere so that they have access to a car, but do not have the expense of renting one.

If you will be taking an assignment in a large city, first research the city to find out if most people who live there own an automobile. For example, in New York City, over half the households do not even own a car. Then once you have made your decision, you must check into how to accommodate that decision. Once again, using New York as an example, if you plan to keep a car in the city, where would you be able to park that car? (some assignment housing in San Francisco and New York do not provide the traveler with a place to park their vehicles). I was fortunate when I took my San Francisco assignment in that the apartment complex did provide one parking spot to all tenants.

For the next week or two, we’ll take a look at a few of the options travel nurses have while on assignment. Also, I would like to make my posts more interactive this year. Please continue to send me your questions or suggestions for topics that I can post to the site. I want to cover the subject matter that YOU wish to read.

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.

2 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: How should I plan to get around during my travel nursing job?"

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  1. Grace


    I’m looking for advice of finding housing in NYC for a three month travel assignment beginning in October. Any helpful hints?

  2. David says:

    Honestly, I would say Craigslist has become the travel nurse’s best friend.

    I used to discourage nurses from finding their own housing (and still do for the most part). However, I had a woman on a forum mention that she just posts an ad on Craigslsit with what she is looking for and mentions that she is a travel nurse which gives her some cred, but also lets the person renting the unit know that it is possible that she may have to leave in the middle of the lease (should something unfortunate happen, like her contract gets cancelled).

    Just communicate the intricacies of your situation well with your landlord.

    You can also just use Craigslist to find rooms or apartments for rent. There are also sites like or that can be used.

    Hope this helps.


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