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Ask a Travel Nurse: How can I start traveling after being out of hospital setting?


older travel nurseAsk a Travel Nurse Question:

Hi David, I worked med/surg and labor and delivery for 6 years..but have been out of the hospital setting since 2001. Just completed an RN refresher course at GateWay Community College here in Phx…want to be a travel nurse…any thoughts? Having difficulty even finding local jobs..I am a mature (not old), flexible, dependable individual…any thoughts?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

When you mentioned not being able to find any local jobs, I am not sure if you are speaking about local “travel positions” or just local nursing positions.

While it is true that most travel companies want recent hospital based experience, you might be able to find one that can find you a position with your past experience. As when looking for any job (local or travel), the key is just to put yourself out there. Try to get back into a hospital system locally, but again, you might find a travel company that will try to find you a travel assignment. There are well over a hundred travel nursing companies out there and there is no shortcut other than calling each and talking with a recruiter.

Try to get back into bedside in the hospital setting ASAP, but don’t totally write off finding a travel assignment.

Hope this helps.


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 can I start traveling after being out of hospital setting?"

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  1. Robert says:

    While David is right most hospital do want exp. however there companies that will place on a assignment or permament position.

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