Category Archives: Travel Nursing

Ten Questions You Should Ask Your Travel Nurse Recruiter

Photo: Time to ask questions

Congratulations, NurseRecruiter has helped you connect with recruiters from top travel nursing agencies, and you have been offered several awesome travel nurse assignments. You’re ready to take your first steps as a newly-minted travel nurse! But before you hand in your notice, you have decisions to make. Which job is right for you? What do Continue Reading

What are the top paying locations for nurses?

Pacific Coast Highway at southern end of Big Sur, California.  (Photo by Doug Meek)

When looking for the top paying locations for nurses, you need to take into consideration not only salaries, but also benefits. Furthermore, you must consider the cost of living. Because a dollar in Memphis will not buy the same goods and services as a dollar in Houston or a dollar in Bangor or a dollar Continue Reading

So you want to be a travel nurse? A guide for nurses interested in traveling

Crystal: This photo was taken when I was working as a travel nurse at a Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, CA. My boyfriend Mike and my dog Bradley came out west with me from our home state of Delaware. The shot was taken about 2 hours south of San Jose, at Plaskett Creek in Big Sur, CA; one of the most beautiful and undeveloped stretches of coastline in the U.S. This was one of our first trips there and we went back at least ten more times before moving back to Delaware. Without nursing, I may never have had this opportunity to see our amazing country!

If you have been a nurse for a while, or even if you are just starting out, you have probably heard someone mention travel nursing at some point or another. And you may have questions. The first question, inevitably, is: what is travel nursing? Basically, a travel nurse is a kind of temporary worker. You Continue Reading

Go West, Young Nurse?

Registered Nurses: Employment growth (chart)

  Over five years after the global financial crisis, jobs are still scarcer than they used to be in the United States – but not everywhere! In true American spirit, for example, thousands of people looking for jobs – or better-paying jobs – have been trekking north and west to “men camps” in rugged states Continue Reading

Scrubbing In docu-series about travel nurses starts tonight

Fernando on Scrubbing In (Courtesy MTV Press)

Scrubbing In, a new MTV show documenting the assignments of nine Aya Healthcare travel nurses in two Orange County hospitals, will premiere tonight (October 24, 2013) at 10pm ET/PT. In a recent press release, Aya Healthcare noted that it’s hoping the show will inspire the next generation of nurses: The featured travel nurses represent a Continue Reading

Nursing Shortages in Alaska

Alaska has added more than 11,000 health care jobs in the last decade. But they’re still seeing a shortage of nurses, especially in specialized areas like operating room nursing, according to a story by KTVA. There are an abundance of Alaskans who are qualified to take entry-level positions in nursing. The director of the University of Alaska – Continue Reading

Tips for Travel Nurses on Going Green

Travel nursing can be exciting, challenging, and rewarding, but it can also be a little rough on the environment. The San Francisco Chronicle’s website has a list of tips for reducing your carbon footprint. These suggestions are geared towards travel nurses, travel therapists, and other mobile healthcare professionals who wish to be more green while Continue Reading

Helping Foreign Nurses Receive Certification Quickly

An organization is helping foreign nurses get certification quickly so they can begin to practice in Canada. The organization, called the CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, has been around for about a decade. Even nurses who have had a complete education and plenty of experience have had to start four-year training programs all over Continue Reading

Keeping Nurse Labor Costs Down

This article in Health Leaders Media has an interesting perspective from hospitals regarding controlling nurse labor costs. It lays out a three-pronged approach to reduce personnel costs for nurses; a new approach to nurse overtime, use of supplemental labor such as from nursing agencies or from an in-house nursing pool, and focusing on retention efforts Continue Reading

Nurses Tend to Stick Close to Home

A study has found that nurses tend to find work that is close to the nursing school that they graduated from. This means that areas without nursing schools — such as rural areas — tend to have a harder time finding nurses. And if there aren’t enough nurses to go around, that has serious implications Continue Reading