Travel Nurse Destination Report:New Orleans, LA

Travel Nurse Destination Report:New Orleans, LA




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New Orleans was a unique travel experience for me as I didn’t contract with one specific hospital.  Instead, I worked as a local per diem nurse.  I worked in three separate hospitals during my time in New Orleans.



Ochsner Medical Center; West Bank Campus

  • 2500 Belle Chasse Hwy, Gretna LA :: (504) 392-3131
  • 199-bed general medical and surgical acute care facility
  • Medical/Surgical Inpatient floor
  • CNA, Secretary
  • Parking available and Free
  • Staff acceptance of Traveler: Very Good
  • Would you return? Yes
  • Rant:  Facility was still on paper charting when I was there (2009).  Probably computerized now.
  • Rave: Although patient ratio’s were high, the staff was supportive which made the workload manageable.

Tulane University Hospital and Clinic

  • 1415 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, LA :: (504) 988-5800
  • 235 Bed University Affiliated Teaching Facility
  • Medical/Surgical/Telemetry floor
  • CNA, Secretary
  • Parking available and Free for Employees
  • Staff acceptance of Traveler: Extremely Poor
  • Would you return? NO
  • Rant:  Staff was very non-supportive to both full-time staff and travelers, floor management was disorganized and unavailable, supplies not readily available.  Patients were primarily low-income population and highly acute. Mix of paper and computerized charting systems.
  • Rave: The only positive for me was the other travelers on the unit.  We (travelers) attempted to help/support each other to best of our ability.

East Jefferson General Hospital

  • 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie LA :: (504) 454-4000
  • 250 Bed Magnet Certified Facility
  • General Medical/Surgical Floor
  • Unit Manager, CNA, Secretary
  • Parking available and Free for Employees
  • Staff acceptance of Traveler: Fair
  • Would you return? Yes
  • Rant:  Staff was helpful although not overly inclusive of temporary staff.
  • Rave: Fully functional/integrated computerized charting system. Well organized/staffed.


  • Private rental via classified.  On St Charles Ave (Street Car Line)
  • Cost: Off-season was within stipend allowance.  Potentially more difficult during Mardi Gras or other festival seasons.
  • Pet-Friendly was difficult to accommodate
  • Street parking easily accessible
  • Drive time to work aprox 10 minutes or less
  • Street car was still inoperable due to Hurricane Katrina at time of contract.  Operating now with fair access to public bus system as well as frequent taxi services.
  • Safety was never a concern.
  • Convenience: Most necessities were within short walk.  Major shopping centers within 10 min drive.

My Neighborhood Recommendations
See previous posting Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez

What I Liked Most

I love New Orleans.  It’s a beautiful city with tons of history, fabulous food, friendly locals and a unique culture.  I love the fact that as a night shift worker, there was always something to see and do no matter what time of day or night.

What I liked Least

I can’t really think of anything that I don’t like about New Orleans except maybe the traffic and navigation.  Most of the drivers in New Orleans do not know what a speed limit is or if they do; they don’t care.  The layout of the city is very confusing and it’s easy to get turned around/lost.  I would recommend GPS at all times!

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As a travel nursing educator, Candy aka Gypsy Nurse, RN has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working up the ranks from CNA to LPN to RN. For the past eleven years, she’s worked as a travel nurse, allowing her to practice and live in 15 states throughout the U.S. Candy still works occasionally as a travel nurse but spends most of her time providing a supportive information and resources through and it's affiliated social networks.

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