The travel nurse life is exciting, rewarding and inspiring – you get to see new sights on the regular and indulge your feelings of wanderlust whenever you want. It’s a unique career path that gives you amazing opportunities those in traditional job roles don’t get to experience.
Whether you are considering becoming a travel nurse or are a seasoned pro with scores of cities under your belt, it’s important that you keep up with the latest news, trends and developments in the industry. One of the best ways to do this is by reading travel nursing blogs. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of the top five travel nursing blogs you should be reading:
Synopsis: Travel nurses are free spirits, going from one place to the next to share their knowledge and skills and help individuals in need. That’s the guiding ethos of popular blog The Gypsy Nurse, which provides articles and other content intended to help budding travel nurses get their start and thrive in this unique career path.
Creator: Candy Treft, a member of the travel nursing industry for 14 years and a frequent organizer of meetings, conferences and other events designed to connect travel nurses and help interested individuals learn more about having a career in the field. Other travel nursing professionals also help run the blog and write articles.
‘About Us’ excerpt: “The Gypsy Nurse is an online community dedicated to traveling medical professionals. Content is based on the varied and expansive experiences of current and former travel nurses, experienced nurses and specialty nurses. The Gypsy Nurse is where travel nurses and dreamers come to find all the information they need to begin their journey into a career as a travel nurse.”
Sample posts: “20 pet-friendly cities for gypsy dogs,” “Ask a travel nurse: Travel nurse pay?” and “How nurses can build their confidence.”
Synopsis: Highway Hypodermics is a comprehensive resource for travel nurses that provides a variety of useful materials, from referral forms and travel company profiles that can help nurses guide their career decisions to stories of real-life travel nurses that can widen perspectives and inspire and a helpful “Newbies Workbook.” According to its website, it is the longest-running informational website for travel health care run by a practicing travel nurse.
Creator: Epstein LaRue, RN, BS. She spent 11 years working as a traveling nurse in a variety of exciting locales including Moreno Valley, California, Phoenix, Arizona, and College Station, Texas. She started Highway Hypodermics as she prepared to write her book, “Highway Hypodermics: Your Road Map to Travel Nursing,” and has since written four other travel nursing books.
‘About Us’ excerpt: “It is our mission to bridge the gap between traveling nurses and travel nurse companies. Only by education on how to be a quality traveling nurse and how to be a traveling company with great integrity can we change the image of both sides.”
Sample posts: “Top 10 travel companies for 2017,” “How to succeed with a computer interview” and “Finding the right home for the road (RV).”
Synopsis: Though not a blog per se, the Professional Association of Nurse Travelers’ website offers a rich collection of helpful articles, tips and tricks, career resources and even cartoons – for when you need a laugh – that help travel nurses navigate the industry and stay up to date with recent developments. There are multiple registration levels with the association that gives you access to various content levels as well as additional services.
Creator: The site is operated by the Professional Association of Nurse Travelers, which was founded by a group of health care travelers in 2007. Some articles are written by Joseph Smith EA, the CFO of PanTravelers, who offers expert tax and accounting insights for traveling nurses.
‘About Us’ excerpt: “Our site is the best repository of unbiased information available to travelers on the Internet. We provide professional development, tools, and resources for healthcare travelers found nowhere else.”
Sample posts: “What to bring on assignment,” “Deducting travel expenses – part 1” and “History of travel nursing.”
Synopsis: Off the Clock Nurse shares stories about the adventures of a travel nurse whose profession has taken her around the world. Find articles about the best sights to see and places to eat in various cities around the world as well as tips for travel nursing success. The author also shares her honest, personal insights about her experiences dealing with stress and depression.
Creator: Leah Helmbrecht, RN, BSN, a Traveling Operating Room Nurse who has “worked, lived, visited or driven through” 49 states in the last five years as well as worked in various countries abroad.
‘About us’ exceprt: “I have found my passion for travel and recently mustered up the courage to venture off internationally … I can’t believe this life of mine and how lucky I am to be given these opportunities to see the world.”
Sample posts: “Six of my favorite Paris patisseries,” “How I traded in depression for a life of travel” and “Travel: How to afford it, what to pack, how to stay safe and getting around when you don’t speak the language.”
With its calm, clean layout and beautiful photography, That Traveling Nurse is an inspiring blog for anyone interested in the field to read. It is a personal collection of thoughts, notes and insights about one young woman’s experiences developing a travel nursing career, as well as other personal reflections. With interesting explorations of what travel nursing is like, travel writing and haikus, it’s a wonderful blog to read for travel nurses to unwind and reflect.
Creator: The blog is written by Belle, a nurse who accepted her first travel assignment in 2014.
‘About us’ exceprt: “Life beyond my stethoscope and scrubs.”
Sample posts: “A haiku on ‘Wanderlust,” “A nurse’s conundrum” and “How to (not) pack for three months: A travel nurse’s life.”