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By January 16, 2009 39 Comments

Travel nursing forums: Talk to other other travel nurses


One of the best ways to learn about the ins and outs of travel nursing is definitely through a travel nursing forum. Sure, you can talk to recruiters to learn about the travel nursing industry and they can get you a travel nursing job, but nothing beats the advice and experience of seasoned travelers. Even just reading what others are talking about in a travel nursing forum, if you are shy about joining the conversation, can help you avoid making the same mistakes that other travelers have already made.

Another huge benefit of forums is to learn about all the different travel nursing companies, the benefits and travel nursing pay they offer and the way they treat their travelers out there from nurses who have actually worked for them. You will find some nurses who are loyal to one or two companies and others who have worked for a lot of different companies. Both types of travelers offer valuable information for any nurse looking into traveling for the first time or just looking for a new travel nursing company to travel with.

Here are some great forums to talk with other travelers:

Healthcare Travelbook Travel Nurse and Allied Forum

All Nurses Forum

Delphi Forums

About the Author:

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Director at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for over five years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

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  1. Travel Nurse


    I agree. There are plenty of forums and sites out there where you can communicate with other travel nurses. We also offer a blog with advice from travel nurses on our site. Most of our blogs focus about finding travel nurse jobs but there is information there on current events in travel nursing as well. Feel free to take a look.

  2. Holly


    I am in search of a travel contract in the Indianapolis area. I have called or emailed about 15 travel companies all which have NO contracts open in Indianapolis but decide to not share that information until I have jump through many hoops. Does any know of any person working in Indianapolis area with a current contract? And if so do you know that travel company name? I am starting to feel there is no light at the end of the tunnel!

    Please help,

  3. cathy


    Just looking for some guidance concerning the travel nursing world. My husband and I want to get out of the cold and are looking for a warmer place to live but can’t decide where. I thought that travel nursing would help us to decide where we might want to end up. Any advice is welcome.

  4. Kim Lawrence says:

    For an update our company covers the state of IN very well South Bend and Annaopolis as well as others. The market for IN has been so depressed I have seen a decrease in orders since Nov. I wish I could say Holly we have opening but that would not be honest. I do beleive as of March we will see more IN. In the mean time we will market the area and see what we can do to provide more positions. I have seen perm but no travel. Warmly Kim Lawrence

  5. Kim Lawrence says:

    The travel market for warmer states like AZ and in FL have had low census issues. With unemployment and hiring freezes and the economy- traveling may have to wait till April 2009- review companies and you can see our ranking on Be selective in the company you choose there are over 300 companies and things can get confusing- feel free to email me and I will connect you with a traveler to get answers first hand. Hope this assists you. Warmly Kim

  6. nina


    I am thinking about doing travel nursing and I have never done this before. I wanted to know what companies are good from bad ones. I would like to continue my education since I have 24 credits to go to earn my BSN. I work in the OR and live in Pa.
    Any info? Thanks

  7. If anybody wants a job, I have them in Texas

  8. kathy morrow says:

    Where in Texas?? Are you a recruiter for a hospital or a travel nursing agency? I’m considering starting travel nursing after 18 years of hospital and outpatient surgery center. Texas was on my list of places to go.

  9. Cindy Trowbridge


    I am looking for a travel position in Texas. My speciality is Homehealth/ Hospice so positions are few. My family is in Dallas and being closer would be nice, however any opportunity i Texas I would consider

  10. Marianne Duncan-Hanks


    ER jobs in Texas? We have been travellers and now ER had dried up. We are licensed, fully-credentialed and ready to go today… Contact us!

  11. I have ER in Texas. 1-800-594-8784 ext 102.

  12. snegoviksukablyat


    im new on this forum….

  13. Scheila


    I am a Psych RN in CT. I’ve interested in information on travel nursing for years…But I have no idea where to begin the search. I find there are few job opportunities for Psych/behavioral health Nurses. How do I target my area in nursing?

  14. Jeff says:

    Hi Scheila,

    Something must be in the water. This is the third time in a week I have heard about the shortage of Psych travel jobs. Historically I think this has always been a tough specialty to find a travel job in, so I don’t know how much help I can be other than to encourage you to just keep checking job boards and with your travel nursing companies to see what is open. Try to be open minded about where you are willing to go and that should help too. Good luck.

  15. Raaji says:

    Nice blog. It is very helpful for who want to do job in travel nursing. I refer about your site to my friends. Thanks for giving this article.


  16. Harry DaNurse


    I wish there were a place to discuss assignments. I have been fortunate in that my assignments have all been nice, but I usually get to a city early and scout out the hospitals. There always comes a point where I walk into a section of the hospital that was not included in the brochures, and think “Oh my god! What have I done?” It would be great to have a source that said “Stay away from this hospital, they suck!” or “Here’s the pro’s and con’s”

  17. Jeff says:

    That is a great idea Harry. Have you checked out Healthcare Travelbook. They have something like that.

  18. Silver Sol says:

    I totally agree Harry. Think you Jeff for telling us about Healthcare Travelbook. I have a lot to say about my experience in South Florida specifically Boynton Beach. I wouldn’t want others to go through what I went through. So think you very much for this. Will def. check out.

  19. Vickie Kaze


    I am thinking about accepting my first ever travel assignment. Needless to say, I am scared to death! My recruiter has mentioned Vegas and NM as a jumping off point. I am least concerned about locale at this time as I just want a good experience. It would be nice to be in an area with other travelers.

  20. Jeannie says:

    Hey Vickie, Yes traveling for the first time can be a little intimidating especially if you don’t know anyone. Let us know if you have specific questions, we are happy to help. Also, Health Care Travel book is a great place to meet travelers(it’s like facebook for Travel RN’s)

  21. Kimberly says:

    I am a new travel nurse, and I have a LOT of extra time on my hands, so I started a blog about my adventures. Professional, and otherwise. Please check it out.

  22. Cathy


    For anyone traveling to the SF Bay area, I have several rooms in a 4500 sq ft private home. Everything furnished. The house is in Orinda, California on 6.5 acres at the end of a dead end road. This is shared housing, but the house is so large you can frequently go a day or two without seeing the other housemates. Plenty of privacy, but someone to talk to if you are in the mood. The house is within 15 miles of Oakland and SF Hospitals. Bart is nearby (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Too many amenities to list. Contact me if interested. You could save a lot by taking the stipend and living here.

  23. zina


    I am an individual that has a beautiful home by the gulf of mexico fl..I have rented my home to traveling nurses and I had such a wonderful experience with home is fully furnished and its big enough for two people..3 bedroom 2 baths
    Dining room
    Beautiful kitchen
    All granite countertops
    Including the bathrooms’

  24. zina


    I was hoping to find a situation that a traveling nurse might need in pasco county fl 34652…the name of this place is called gulf harbor 919 3020818

  25. Wondering if any psych nurses worked in Danville VA and how their experience was

  26. I am interested in taking my home health experience into the travel nursing industry. Wondering if anyone can tell me if there is much work out there for home health travel RNs?
    Would love to actually hear from a home health travel nurse and about the experience.

  27. Marcella Hays


    I really enjoy hearing about traveling nursing. It has all of the sudden become such a great aspect in nursing. One of my good friends is a nurse as well and she says to me that she changed her job in order to become a travel nurse. She says that she loves it so much. She loves the idea of going from place to place and taking care of clients. I am so happy that I have registered to this forum posting. I live in Virginia and have been a nurse for 17 years. I cannot wait to write more about traveling nursing.

  28. Marcella Hays


    Nursing has really changed over so many years. I never in my dreams thought that there would be a job called traveling nursing. One of my best friends whom I have known for years since we were kids has a younger sister and she is a nurse. She worked in the nursing home and then the ER. A few months ago when I was talking to my best friend, she said that her sister wanted to go into traveling nursing and she is excited to do that. I believe that I would be excited as well if I decided to go into that aspect of nursing in the future. Right now, I am happy on what I am doing which is working at home on the computer and helping people out with their nursing questions and I provide them with the answers. This is an article about the different types of nursing titles:

    I wish you all of the best.

  29. Marcella Hays


    I have heard that nurses have enjoyed traveling on a big white boat called the “Comfort Ship.” The ship was huge and it carried traveling doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel as well. The comfort ship has really helped a lot of patients because they take care of them while on the ocean. I personally have always wanted to be apart of the comfort ship and there is a chance that people can be a part of this ship. This is some information regarding the traveling nursing profession:

  30. Marcella Hays


    Another option about being a traveling nurse is going on cruises. On a cruise, a traveling nurse can work in a clinic on the cruise ship along with the doctors. The nurse does the same duties as he or she would do if they were in a hospital or a long-term care facility. The only exception would be that they are on a cruise boat. That is a neat option for traveling nurses because you can do your nursing duties and also see the sites of the cruise too.

  31. Marcella Hays


    I know that in my area of Virginia near Washington, D.C., there are public nursing positions in the Fairfax Government where the nurse goes throughout Fairfax county areas and he or she sees the client either in the home or where ever they are located. Then, they go back to their office and do their charting and reports. It gives the nurse a sense of freedom in that they get to call the shots when it comes to nursing care and managed care does not have much of a say as to how they should assess and treat the patient. This is all good and promising.

  32. Marcella Hays


    Traveling nursing is a huge growing field these days. Some nurses would love the chance to be able to travel to places far and wide in order to give good quality nursing care. I know that I would also want that if I was interested in being a traveling nurse too. Traveling nurses do a great job because they go to many different places in order to give the best nursing care that they can offer. I am so thankful that this type of nursing has taken off and has become very popular for many nurses today.

  33. Marcella Hays


    Traveling nursing is the best way to go for these reasons:

    1. Nurses can travel to places while working.
    2. Nurses can go to countries that are short on nurses.
    3. Nurses can do rural nursing by using the mobile.

  34. Marcella Hays


    My best friend’s sister changed positions as a nurse from the emergency room nurse to traveling nursing and she loves it. At first, she was scared and nervous about it, but now that she has had a chance to do it, she really is enjoying it. So, now she want to continue pursuing this adventure in nursing.

  35. Marcella Hays


    Travel nursing opens so many doors to your career as a nurse. Here are the following things:

    1. It allows the nurse to travel to places like schools, government buildings, and other healthcare organizations.

    2. It gives the nurse more of a flexible day.

    3. It opens more nursing opportunities.

  36. Marcella Hays


    I believe that traveling nursing is a way for the future. I watched on the news one time that there were nurses on the “Comfort Ship.” There is a white ship that sails on the seas that nurses and doctors work on. They travel to many places and do their nursing and medical work on the sea. They love their jobs because they travel to many places while on the sea. Nurses and doctors would say that they love their jobs because they help people while traveling on the sea.

  37. Marcella Hays


    Travel nursing is a great way to explore nursing in a hole new light. I believe that traveling for your nursing jobs are the best for these reasons:

    1. You can travel to places that you may never go to like China and do nursing jobs.
    2. Nurses can learn different healthcare systems.

  38. Jessica says:

    Hello Nurses, Jessica here, If your in trouble and unable to find houses for rent then go to CHBO they are providing Special Travel nursing houses for rent.

  39. Maria


    Hi I am a psych nurse for 16 yrs and I am thinking of traveling as a nurse. I was wondering if you could give me some insight of the need and what states are looking for psych nurses

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