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Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I Travel if I Haven’t Consistently Worked in a Hospital Setting?


hospital settingAsk a Travel Nurse Question:

I am thinking of getting into travel nursing, I am an older nurse with over 30 years experience. However, the last few years I have not been in a hospital setting, but have done management in a subacute rehab. Will this be unlikely to find? Can I travel with my husb and ? Thank you as I need to know if this is a possible career change.

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

You are right that there are many more positions available for those who continue to work in the hospital setting. However, more and more fields have come to the realization that travel positions might be an answer to their staffing needs.

I often refer travelers to companies that I use and trust, but in this situation, I’m not sure if these companies would have any positions in that field. However, I did just type “travel nursing rehab management” into Yahoo and pulled up companies that appear as if they have this sort of position. One page in particular, at, did list a travel position for a manager in rehab.

Your husb and would be able to travel with you , just as with any travel position. The only concern there is how much space you need in regard to housing. Usually, a one bedroom accommodation is provided by the travel company. If you need a two bedroom, they can still find you one, but may charge you a few hundred a month for this.

I would join about as many companies that I could find that offer this type of position. I do critical care nursing and I am still on file with about six or seven companies. You would want to also ask the recruiters with whom you speak how often they see these type of positions. Your specialty is not like med-surg or tele (of which there are hundreds on any given day). However, if you are with enough companies that offer this type of position, then it might very well provide enough of an opportunity to keep you constantly working.

I’m sorry I could not give you a more definitive answer. Start calling the travel companies and see if they have assignments for this specialty and how prevalent they are. Then you will be better informed to know if this would be a sustainable specialty in which to travel.




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2 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I Travel if I Haven’t Consistently Worked in a Hospital Setting?"

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  1. There are a lot of opportunities for someone with your experience as far as I can tell, however for general knowledge, recent hospital exposure is usually required. That being said there are rehab placements throughout the country. As far as your husband traveling keep in mind that you are the client not your husband, so when exploring the options for travel jobs you need to make sure that your income will support the adventure. I have come across a few situation where the travel nurse was a perfect fit but requested an increase in pay of $500 or so a week to “cover her sons weekly needs” while on assignment.

    The pay package is what it is, that being said I have personally placed traveling pairs as well as couples where one had an income source that was portable.

    As with anything in life you should plan ahead and make sure you have a contingency in place.

    Best of luck!!

  2. kathleen


    I have looked at many travel sites and all have turned me down because of the hospital requirement and not a consistent number of years employment. I wish my fellow older nurse luck and if something comes for you please let me know.

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