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Ask a Travel Nurse: What advice would you give a traveler in her fifties?


Travel nurse in her fiftiesAsk a Travel Nurse Question:

I’m in my 50’s and wonder what advice you would give as I consider travel nursing. Are there many older travelers out there? Are there any special issues that I should consider? I’ve been an ER nurse for 6 years, so not tons of experience.

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

The advice I would give you, being in your fifties, would be no different than the advice I would give any other traveler. A large group of people who travel are either younger and have no personal ties, or older with children who are now out of the house. So encountering travelers in the 50+ group is not at all uncommon.

As for the advice of starting out, I would just tell you to learn all you can about the profession. It does require a few traits that are specific (i.e. independence, ability to adapt, etc.), so you do need to know what to expect from being out on the road. But, there are no “special issues” that pertain to you because of your age.

In researching the profession, I obviously recommend my book, Travel Nurse’s Bible, because I wrote it specifically for nurses wanting to know how to get started in travel nursing. However, you can just type “travel nursing” into any search engine and find many sites where you can read up. Knowing more on what you are jumping into is the best advice that I can give for someone in your situation.

You can certainly read more of my advice pieces on Travel Nursing and also in the pages of Healthcare Traveler Magazine (sign up for a free subscription on their website at After learning a bit more, if you have specific questions to which you do not find the answers, feel free to write again.


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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