Travel Nurse News Updates: 4 Things to Know

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Extra! Extra! Read all about healthcare and travel nursing news this week.

Before you hit the road for your next travel assignment, take a moment to read Travel Nursing Central’s rundown of travel nurse news from this week:

What Nurses Can Expect with a Potential ACA Replacement: Although the American Health Care Act recently failed on the House floor, the issue of healthcare reform isn’t likely to go away. The Gypsy Nurse blog and healthcare staffing agency Travel Nurse Across America take an in-depth look at how a potential ACA repeal and replacement would affect nurses and travel nurses. Read the full blog post here.

Florida to Become a Compact State: In other travel nurse news, Florida lawmakers recently announced that the state will join the ranks of 25 other states participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC allows RNs and licensed practical/vocational nurses to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in both their home state and other NLC states. The law will go into effect on December 31, 2018. To learn more about Florida’s new law, click here.

Trav Con 2017 Registration Now Open: Trav Con 2017, the “Super Bowl” of travel nursing conferences, is now accepting early registrations. Located in Las Vegas, this year’s annual networking event is September 17-19th.  Dr. Damania aka ZDogg MD, an internist who also moonlights as a stand-up comedian for medical audiences, is the 2017 keynote speaker. You can learn more about this year’s schedule of speakers here.

ANA Webinar to Focus on Mindfulness for Nurses: Busy travel nurses know that self-care is a must, especially if you want to provide quality care for your patients. Earn one CEU while learning how to practice the art of mindfulness in the American Nurses Association’s upcoming webinar on “Living & Working Mindfully.” It’s not too late to sign up — the live webinar is on April 19th and costs $45. You can register for it here.

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Five Blogs Every Travel Nurse Should Follow

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These blogs can help you find the tools you need for a successful travel nurse journey.

Whether you’re new to travel nursing or a veteran, you need to be armed with the right tools to help you navigate your travel nurse journey. Fortunately, there are several blogs out in the social media universe to help you do just that. Even better, Travel Nursing Central has the rundown on which travel nursing blogs every travel nurse should follow in order to have a successful career below:

The Gypsy Nurse: Along with a new look, this trusted travel nurse blog also recently rolled out an excellent travel nurse toolkit. From a pay calculator to a housing database, you can easily find the information you need before you hit the road.

Travel Nurse Classroom: Mike, a former travel nurse recruiter, is the author of Travel Nurse Classroom, a blog and podcast.  The podcasts tackle complex industry topics, such as how to negotiate your pay, and have a refreshing agency insider viewpoint. This site deserves a second glance, especially if you’ve ever wondered about the inner workings of a healthcare staffing agency. This gem of a blog has a “Ask a Travel Nurse” section. It can be an incredibly powerful resource for new travel nurses. You can get answers to your most burning travel nurse questions from an experienced current traveler. What’s not to love about that?

Blue Pipes: Does tax season make you break out in a cold sweat? You’re certainly not alone. A travel nursing career can make for a tricky tax return, but don’t fret. You can find out all you need to know at Blue Pipes, a popular travel nurse blog. We really enjoyed this site’s comprehensive four-part article series on tax deductions for the travel nurse.

Travel Nursing Central: While we don’t mean to toot our own horn, the fact remains that TNC is a great resource for the travel nurse. TNC provides travel nurse advice, hospital reviews, and a travel nurse checklist.

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5 Must-Read Travel Nurse Blog Posts

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This Labor Day weekend, relax and catch up on all your favorite travel nurse blogs!

As a travel nurse, you know it’s sometimes difficult to find the time to stay current on your favorite blogs. So, in honor of the upcoming Labor Day weekend, Travel Nursing Central took on the task of finding this week’s 5 must-read travel nurse blog posts for you. Grab a cup of coffee, relax, and start reading as you celebrate Labor Day!


10 Things A Nurse Wants To Hear… Never, Nurse Buff: Nurse Buff takes a humorous look at the daily joys of being a nurse. Be prepared to laugh as you read — this post is full of funny phrases you’ll be all too familiar with.

Online Safety Tips, The Gypsy Nurse: This blog is filled with great content for the travel nurse, and its latest article is no exception. It’s always a good idea to refresh yourself on good online safety habits, especially since most travel nurses rely on the internet while on the road.

Dear Nurses, Love Z Dogg MD, has a reputation as a fun and informative resource for travel nurses. The blog’s most current post, a music video by Z Dogg MD, is a tribute to all nurses. With Labor Day just around the corner, it’s also touchingly appropriate. Watch it! We guarantee it will make you smile!

The Top 11 Travel Nursing Companies, Blue Pipes: This popular travel nursing blog has graciously listed the top 11 travel nurse companies. The best part? The Blue Pipes team based these rankings on traveler reviews across social media platforms, so it’s an excellent way to find a company that provides great service.

The 25 Best Nursing Jobs, Are you a nursing student and not sure yet what kind of nurse you want to be? Or maybe you’re a veteran nurse in need of a change? Then, look no further than this’s article. Travel nurses won’t be surprised to find that their profession is recognized on the list!

Thanks for reading! Happy Labor Day to travel nurses everywhere!

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Travel Nursing Blog Round-Up

It’s been awhile but we’re back with another Travel Nurse Blog Round-Up! Let’s jump right in:

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Talking Travel Nurse Taxes: The Regional Traveler Part 2  

This blog discusses a handful of “scenarios where the traveler can have taxable partially per diems/allowances or subsidies” as well as a few items and situations related to this.

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Is Your Nurse Resume Optimized for the ATS?

This blog aims to help travel nurses get the most out of their resumes in hopes of getting great assignments. Learn more about ATS or Applicant Tracking Systems, how they work and how you can make sure they are on your side when job hunting.

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Ask a Travel Nurse: How do I handle Traveler cliques on assignment?

Travel Nursing Blogs’ Ask a Travel Nurse expert David Morrison RN, answer this question about an issue that many nurses face. Cliques can especially be a problem for travel nurses who are so often the new kid on the block.

Medical Solutions Blog

New Infographic on Jobs and the Nursing Shortage

This new infographic on jobs and the nursing shortage helps explain the industry and what to expect with jobs, also pinpointing travel nursing as a great way to navigate the shortage and go where jobs are needed.

Aureus Medical Group Blog

Traveling With Pets

These are some great tips from Aureus on how to prepare and navigate traveling with your pet or pets. Furry companions can add a lot to travel time, but you have to be prepared to take care of them along the way!

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Holiday Fun and Tips for Travel Nurses

Santa - Holiday Fun and Tips for Travel NursesWith Christmas right around the corner we’re knee-deep in the Holiday season. Even if you’ll be working this Christmas and/or New Year’s it’s tough to avoid all the fun and fanfare of the season.

As part of our little celebration here at Travel Nursing Central, we’ve rounded up a few Holiday-related links we’d like to share with you. Whether purely for fun or loaded with good advice for travel nurses, here are some holiday fun and tips for travel nurses for you to enjoy and/or learn from:

We hope this list provides some education and entertainment for travel nurses over the holidays!


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Travel Nurse Blog Round-up!

Travel nurses get to experience all kinds of climates, but chances are likely that wherever you are right now it is H-O-T! Cool off from the dog days of July with this month’s travel nurse blog round-up.

Travel Nursing 101: A Solid Contract

Amanda West - Travel Nurse Blog Round-up!By Amanda, Travel Nursing Blogs, June 28, 2013

Let’s talk about your assignment contract! This is the single most important document of your travel nurse assignment. It’s ironclad and often non-negotiable. You and your recruiter will discuss requested time off, overtime, etc. But, if you remember nothing else, remember that if it is not in your contract, it does not exist! In the best-case scenario, your recruiter will thoroughly explain everything your contract should have in it in order to make your assignment smooth and hassle-free.

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16 Interesting Facts About Nursing Around the World — Infographic

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Just as there are different cultural mores and taboos across the globe, nurses conduct themselves differently from one country to another. Some of these practices may even shock you! Here are some little known facts about nursing around the world.

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Sample Nursing Skills Checklist

Kyle - Travel Nurse Blog Round-up!By Kyle, Blue Pipes Blog

Skills checklists are self assessment tools utilized by healthcare employers and healthcare professionals for gauging a healthcare professional’s skill set within a particular healthcare specialty. Healthcare employers often require potential job candidates and new-hires to complete them. They are a standard requirement for employment with travel nursing agencies and healthcare staffing agencies of all types. Skills checklists can also be very useful for healthcare professionals interested in determining their own expertise within their healthcare specialty, for identifying areas of future career growth, and for getting an edge in the hiring process.

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Talking Taxes: Your Mailing Address and State Revenue Agencies

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As a travel nurse mobilizes from assignment to assignment, they will occasionally have mail sent directly to one of the temporary mailing addresses instead if having it forwarded from the main mailing address. While this may be convenient, it is a recipe for trouble on the tax end In our practice, we have see the following scenarios that travelers should be aware of.

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Help us add to this travel nurse blog round-up: What great travel nurse blogs have you read lately? Let us know in the comments!

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Travel Nurse Blog Round-up!

June 5, 2013

Hello all! Hope you had a great Nurses Week, Memorial Day, and are now ready for some serious summer fun in the sun! (Or, you know, in the A/C with a good book or movie, if that’s more up your alley!) It’s been awhile since we did a  travel nurse blog round-up, so today we’re back with five of our favorite recent travel nursing blogs. Enjoy!

Travel-friendly Facilities — Infographic

By The Gypsy Nurse on May 31, 2013

TheGypsyNurse 86 6001 - Travel Nurse Blog Round-up!Travel nursing offers and exciting opportunity to build your career and add rich experiences to your life. Some ten thousand nurses decide to travel to hospitals and medical facilities outside their communities every week.

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Travel Nurse Tech: 5 Great Apps for Travel Nurse

By Sarah, Travel Nursing Blogs on May 20, 2013

Sarah Wengert MAW pic1 - Travel Nurse Blog Round-up!Sometimes it’s hard to remember life before there was “an app for that.” The handy-dandy world of smartphone and tablet applications is still relatively new, yet we’ve quickly become accustomed to relying on helpful apps to make our lives run smoother and better. A travel nurse can benefit from a variety of apps whether relating specifically to the clinical world or to keeping an on-the-go personal life in check.

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Mid-Year Checkup

By Chad, Aureus Medical Group on June 3, 2013

Chad1 - Travel Nurse Blog Round-up!So, did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? Most people do, but how many are still keeping them? Odds are not you’re not!  Studies show that over 60% of people have long forgot about them after six months. I won’t list all the reasons why, you can probably think of them yourself. You’ve probably invented some clever ones on your own.

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How “Skills Checklists” Can Help Healthcare Professionals

By Kyle, Blue Pipes

Kyle1 - Travel Nurse Blog Round-up!Healthcare professionals face a unique and difficult challenge when measuring and conveying their skill sets. This is largely due to the vast array of skills that encompass a given healthcare specialty. Consider the difference between the skill sets of a general professional, like a sales professional, and a healthcare professional, like an ICU nurse.

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7 Ways for Busy Nurses to Create Balance in Their Lives

By Scrubs Mag on May 20, 2013

scrubs.logo .web  - Travel Nurse Blog Round-up!As a busy nurse, I sometimes find it challenging to live a balanced lifestyle. I find myself running from task to task and taking care of everyone around me, only to get home and do more of the same.

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Traveling Nurse Blog Round Up 2/1/2013

Been a little behind on your travel nurse reading? That’s OK!  We’ve complied some of the best blog posts about travel nursing from the past few weeks.

Here they are:

The rewards of travel nursing

By Aya Healthcare Blog on Jan 21st,  2013
aya - Traveling Nurse Blog Round Up 2/1/2013Travel nursing assignments are among the most unique and rewarding career opportunities available.  That being said, the many benefits that travel nursing jobs offer are not without their own challenges.

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Ways for a travel nurse to become a better leader

By Aureus Medical Group on January 31st, 2013
blogicon Aureus1 - Traveling Nurse Blog Round Up 2/1/2013New evidence shows that a travel nurse with leadership training and advanced education is in a better position to help his or her workplace and create a more effective unit.
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How to Handle Mail on Your Travel Nurse Assignment

By Jeannie, Travel Nursing Blogs on Jan 25th, 2013
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Moving to a new assignment every 3 months takes a lot of patience and organization, including taking care of your mail and bills. But how do most travel nurses handle their mail situation?
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Travel Nursing – Is It Worth It Without a Tax-home?

By Kyle, The Truth about Travel Nursing on Feb 1st, 2013
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Travel nursing agencies and their recruiters trumpet the benefits of tax-free stipends in their marketing campaigns and sales pitches. And of course, why wouldn’t they? In most cases, the tax-free stipends can result in hundreds of additional dollars making their way into the pocket of the travel nurse.
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Top 10 expectations for a travel nurse

By Mighty Nurse on Jan 29th, 2013
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The top 10 things that a hospital should consider when working with Travel Nurses (from a Travel Nurse perspective):
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