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Hello everyone, we want to introduce Kristin Zandee, a Senior Consultant at American Traveler. Kristin will be one of our blog contributors by helping anyone with questions about travel nurse jobs and travel nursing career related questions.

Don’t be shy; leave us your question and Kristin will post an answer under Ask Kristin a Question….

Learn more about Kristin here

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9 Responses to “Ask Kristin a Question….”

  1. Nurse Blogger Says:

    Hi Kristin,

    I wonder how much experience do I need to become a travel nurse? I am an OR nurse at a small hospital with 3 years of experience.

  2. Bad Juju Says:

    I have only been an RN for a little over 2 years and I hate it when I am asked what is my specialty. I took the first job out of nursing school to start my career and have been stuck in it ever since. How do I get out of it to diversify and broaden my background? I am a tele nurse and want to do so much more like OR but I have found that those positions only will take someone with experience. How can I get experience if no one is willing to train me or give me a chance???

  3. Kristin Says:

    Hello Nurse Blogger and Bad Juju,

    I will post answers to your questions in two new blog posts in my section of the blog, at Ask Kristin a Question at http://www.americantraveler.com/travel-nursing-blog/index.php/category/ask-kristin-a-question/

    Thank you for the questions and I hope my answers are helpful to you both.

    Have a great day!

  4. Jack Wilson Says:

    Hi Kristin, I’m considering a travel assignment, but want to be sure I can travel with my dog. Can I consider any location and bring him along? Are there any weight restrictions, or do I need to put him on a diet? lol…I’m most likely looking to travel to Southern Florida on my next assignment, but will consider other options too. Thanks!

  5. Lucy Says:

    When a rn is assigned to a certain area, can he/she decide on their own what type of housing they want? Are the RN allow to find housing on their own and if they find something they like, will the company pay for the rent? Does it matter what the rent is or will the company only pay up to a certain amount? What are the guidelines for choosing your own housing?

  6. Kristin Says:

    Lucy, these are great questions as housing is so important to our travelers, it’s one of the great benefits to travel nursing!

    Most travelers find that it’s better to let our housing department handle all the details. They are the experts and know what to look and ask for when finding the best housing. Once you accept an assignment, your consultant will ask you if you have any housing preferences. At this time you can let them know of any specifics that you want; for example “first floor apartment preferred” or “Washer and Dryer in the unit if possible.” If you wish you to search for your own housing you can choose the option of the housing stipend instead. We will give you a monthly subsidy based on what we would have paid for your apartment. You can use that however you wish; its your money. If you would like to make suggestions of apartments that you have found, you can pass them to your consultant or housing specialist. However, it’s always best to leave that to the hands of the expert; they have placed many travelers in the city that you will be going to and often times use what has had great success for both past and current travelers.

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  8. Aakash Says:

    Hi Kristin,
    Thanks so much for providing the great information on this site. I have a quick question for you. One of my friend she is RN now and pursuing her Bachelor degree in Nursing as well. She is aiming to be Nurse Practitioner(NP) down the line but recently we read somewhere that from 2015, you need to have Doctorate degree to be NP. So, my question is that after her Bachelor degree , can she directly enroll in Doctorate programme or she has to complete Master’s Degree and then only she can enroll in Doctorate Programme.

  9. American Traveler Says:

    Hello – Please read this blog which provides very detailed information on this topic:
    More Nursing Jobs are Trending toward the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP)

    Good Luck!

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