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Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

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In January of this year, enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact legislation was enacted to encourage more states to participate.  Since then, the states that joined the new compact have been highlighted in The Working Tourist to promote travel assignments in these areas.

Five Great Spring Travel Destinations

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Like most of us from the Mississippi River region to the East Coast, you are probably saying, “Enough winter already!  Where is Spring?”  If that sounds like you then maybe it is time to head out on a spring travel assignment. 

Update: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact News

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Because of the importance of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) to those of us in travel nursing, we are continuing to provide our readers with periodic updates on where non-compact states are in the legislative process.

Five Things to Ask About Before Starting a New Travel Assignment

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Travel nurses have a variety of reasons for choosing this nomadic career path.  Many just love to travel and find travel nursing to be the best way to get paid for touring the country.  Others like the pay packages and having a greater say in when and where you are going to work.  And others enjoy the excitement of changing opportunities and learning new skills and techniques with each new assignment.  No matter what your individual reasons are for choosing travel nursing, there are certain questions you should ask before starting a new assignment.  Let’s take a look at what answers you should be looking for each time.

Travel Nursing for Work and for Play

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After five years as an orthopedic nurse, Jonathan Roman was ready for a change of scenery. When two of his nursing school friends told him about their next travel assignment to Maui Memorial Hospital, in August 2017, Jonathan knew he couldn’t pass up that opportunity of a lifetime. And, what a whirlwind journey it has been!

Travel Nursing with Family: Five Things to Consider

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Many working tourists use the summer months to turn their travel nursing assignment into an opportunity for the whole family to experience a new place.  Summer assignments with the family in tow can be a great vacation opportunity as long as you plan ahead.  Let’s look at five things to consider before you plan a travel assignment with your family.

How to Acquire a Multi-State Nursing License

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With all of the legislative changes surrounding the eNLC thus far in 2018, we want to make sure to provide nursing professionals with the latest information as it becomes available.  According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), there are currently 29 states participating in the eNLC.

Tax Time for Travel Nurses 2018: Update

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By now, Travel Nurses and Therapists should be collecting their 2017 tax-related statements and organizing their papers in preparation for filing day, April 17, 2018.  We recently provided some basic information about preparing for tax season and felt it was time to revisit the subject to help you stay on track.

Socializing as Stress Relief

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As the old adage goes, "Strangers are just friends waiting to happen." It can be difficult to leave friends and family behind for a 13-week travel nurse contract, but there is always an opportunity to meet new people who can help ease your loneliness. In fact, studies have shown that socializing can greatly improve your health and wellbeing.

The Benefits of Planning Time Off Between Assignments

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For many travel nurses and therapists, theirs is a career that constantly keeps them on the go.  From traveling to and from assignments, deciding when to extend and when to find someplace new, and making the most of discovering each new city along the way, the life of traveling healthcare professionals can get pretty hectic. 

Working Tourist: A Labor of Love

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Lauren Stermer has an adventurous spirit, which has led her on a new journey: travel nursing. It’s the perfect combination of exploring new places and having a fulfilling career doing what she loves. February marks her first full year traveling as a labor and delivery nurse, and it’s everything she could have hoped for and more.

This Year’s Best Springtime Travel Assignment Destinations

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As a travel nurse, you get to visit a lot of beautiful places. The only catch is that time is precious! In between shifts usually means you’re catching some ZZZs or trying to find a quick bite to eat while resting your feet for the first time in hours. It’s hard to find a minute to research fun destinations so here are a few ideas for your springtime assignment.