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An Interview With a Travel Nurse

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Name: Amy Robbins
Job Title: Traveling Nurse
Where: Tallahassee, Florida
Employer: Multiple Agencies
Years of Experience: 12
Education: Darton College in Albany, Georgia
Salary: A traveling nurse salary depends on where the assignment is located. (High hourly wage of $40, low of $30)

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As the healthcare employment landscape changes, travel nurse agency jobs are growing and many people are choosing a traveling nurse career over other nursing options. But what are the real benefits of a traveling nurse career compared to traditional nursing jobs? In this Salary Story, we spoke to Florida-based nurse Amy Robbins about her traveling nurse career, the benefits of being a traveling nurse and the average traveling nurse salary.

If you’re wondering about the future outlook for traveling nurse salaries, what to expect from travel nurse agency jobs, or how to start a traveling nurse career, this Salary Story is just what the doctor ordered!

Traveling Nurse Job Description:

The duties of a travel nurse are very similar to those of a non-traveling nurse. I am currently on an Orthopedic and Neurology floor where I attend 5 to 7 patients per 12 hour shift. When I first arrive at work, I am given a report of the status of the patients I am going to attend from the nurse on the shift before mine. The report generally includes the name, age, current medical problems and medical history. After the report I visit each of the patients to introduce myself and assess their conditions.

During a typical shift, I am required to administer medicine (oral, via injection, etc.), document medical information, receive and discharge patients, coordinate patient care with other departments such as physical therapy, respiratory therapy, speech therapy and others. Sometimes a patient will “Code” which means they go into respiratory and cardiac arrest.

For instance, last week a patient on my floor stopped breathing after a tracheotomy was removed from his throat. The patient stopped breathing and did not have a pulse. I started CPR on the patient and had to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation using a plastic device that has a valve to allow air into the patient’s lungs, but prevents the patient from exhaling back into the nurse’s mouth. After thirty minutes of CPR, the patient’s pulse returned and the patient recovered.

In addition to the traditional nurse duties, I also have to deal with several traveling nurse employment agencies I work with. That can require filling out paperwork, moving from assignment to assignment, negotiating contract provisions, etc.


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    Rock2HAL

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    My mom is a LPN in NJ and isn't a traveling nurse but is thinking about it and wants to be a travel nurse in Tallahassee, FL because I want to go to FSU. However, she wants to know the exact salary for that job in that area. Could you please email me at ladyhal@yahoo.com and let me know so I can tell her? (She doesn't use a pc which is why I'm doing this for her.) Her name is Lynn. She has been a LPN since the 1990s (forget exact year she became a LPN). Also she wants to bring her big dog with her if she gets into this field. Also she only has a NJ LPN License and that's it. Does she need to get a FL one? Thanks so much!
    Heidi

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    LPN2GO

    about 6 years ago

    22 comments

    I HAVE BEEN AN LPN TRAVEL NURSE FOR 11 YEARS OUT OF MY THIRTEEN. I WOULD SUGGEST IT TO ANYONE. IF YOU NEEED HELP GO TO MY WEBSITE ( IAM JUST BUILDING IT...SO PARDON MY DUST. LOL) LPN2GO.COM

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    dfulz

    about 6 years ago

    8 comments

    I really and truly want to be a travel nurse after I graduate next year. I have 18 years experience as an LPN/LVN do you think I will still have to get a years experience as a RN before I can travel? The work seems so interesting and I cantravel and see the the country and let someone else pay for most of the expenses.

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    myriamto

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    This is an excellent article and the information is very good. I'm considering myself a traveling nurse career due to the fact that I'm bilingual and have two licenses from two different states. Also have been a nurse for almost nine years all of them in specialty fields.

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    lilbit5

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments


    That sounds very interesting. Great article by the way. I am still in nursing school and eventually want to be a CRNA. Do they have traveling jobs for CRNAs?

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    starboyalpha

    about 6 years ago

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    VERY good article; straight forward and candid.

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    cateyes01

    about 6 years ago

    8 comments

    YOU ARE A WONDERFUL PERSON, I WISH I WAS A NURSE NOW. I AM IN SCHOOL FOR RN, I AM A PCT AND WAS THINKING ABOUT TRAVELING WITH THAT TITLE. THAT WOULD MEAN I WOULD HAVE TO GIVE UP MY SCHOOL. I HAVE WANTED TO BE AN RN SINCE I WAS A CHILD
    GOOD FOR YOU FOR SAVING LIVES, I CANT WAIT TO TRAVEL AS WELL GOD BLESS YOU
    JILL

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