Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a first-time traveler. What do I need to know about travel nursing?

That’s awesome! There are several reasons that healthcare professionals start traveling such as experiencing new locations and environments; building your skills and resume; and the options for higher paying assignments. Here are few key things for first-time travelers to keep in mind:

  • Experience. Facilities recommend at least 2 years of recent hospital experience, including at least 1 year in your specialty. Orientations are only 1-3 days and travelers are expected to hit the ground running with minimal supervision needed.
  • Be Flexible. As a first-time traveler, the more flexible you can be on location and hospital setting, the quicker you’ll be able to get your first travel nursing or allied job. Once you gain more travel experience, you can become more selective on where you want to work.

For more helpful resources and tips for first-time travelers, visit Healthcare Traveler Today at:

What benefits does StaffDNA offer?
StaffDNA offers a variety of benefit options for medical, dental and vision coverages. Blue Cross Blue Shield is our primary medical insurance provider.

In the Mobile App, you can select the benefit options you need for yourself, spouse and/or children when customizing weekly pay packages. The pay breakdown will automatically adjust depending on the benefits selected.

Additional benefits StaffDNA offers include critical illness and accident coverage, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 401(k) retirement savings, pet insurance, hearing coverage and resources for student loan assistance and college savings plans. Contact our support team for more details about these programs.

Do I have to select benefits?

No, you don’t have to choose benefits through StaffDNA. However, keeping our nurses protected is our top priority, which is why we provide the options from world-class providers.

What housing options does StaffDNA offer?

It’s important to decide how to handle your housing for each assignment. Travelers have different housing options depending on what you need. Either find your own housing and get the tax-free housing stipend. Or have us handle it for you and take company-provided housing instead of the stipend. 

StaffDNA offers company-provided housing options. First-time employees only qualify for an Extended Stay or similar hotel option. After completing your first contract, we can also offer corporate apartment or rental property housing.

Note: If you choose company-provided housing, you will not get a housing stipend. Employees always have the option to find housing on their own, which allows the employee to take the housing stipend.

Does StaffDNA use recruiters?

No, StaffDNA doesn’t have specific recruiters. You’re in complete control, which allows you to get the highest pay packages in the industry. But you’re not alone, our dedicated team is here to support you when needed. Our team members have more than a decade of experience in healthcare staffing, recruiting, compliance, housing, HR and payroll. Have a question or need assistance? We’re just an email or text away. You can reach us at  

How is a weekly pay package broken down?

It’s important to understand how pay packages work. Hourly rates may seem lower at first, but don’t forget that you receive non-taxed stipends and possible opportunities for overtime.

Weekly pay packages are broken down by the taxable hourly rate (typically between $18-$24/hour) and the non-taxed stipends for lodging and meals & incidentals to cover maintaining duplicate costs of living while working away from home. 

Gross Weekly Pay is the weekly total amount of wages and stipends before taxes.

Estimated Take Home is the estimated take home based on a 19% tax burden. Note: Actual tax rates are based on your induvial factors, so this is just a general estimate.

There are several other factors that impact the hourly rates and stipends including location and average cost of living in the area; nursing specialties; how quickly you can start an assignment; the current travel job market; benefits selected, etc. 

How do I customize pay packages?

A great feature about StaffDNA is that you can customize your own pay packages in the app—whether you’re registered or not. You can select the type of benefits, housing and travel allowance you’ll need, and the pay package will automatically adjust. Follow these steps to build your own pay package:

  1. In the mobile app, select a job you’re interested in to see more details.
  2. Tap View Pay Details.
  3. Under Options, you can edit and add housing, benefits and travel allowance if needed.
  4. If you select benefits, choose from medical, dental and vision options for yourself and/or your family. (Learn more in the Benefits FAQ)
  5. If you select a travel allowance, input the amount needed (up to $600) and click Apply. (Learn more in the Travel Allowance FAQ)
What is a travel allowance and how does it work?

Travel allowance is an optional pay benefit to help get to and from an assignment. StaffDNA offers up to $600 in travel allowance. 50% of the amount will be paid on the first paycheck of the assignment and 50% paid on the final paycheck. All travel allowances are taxed unless the employee submits valid travel receipts by the specified payroll deadline.

In the Mobile App, you can select a travel allowance amount when customizing weekly pay packages and it will recalculate the weekly pay rates accordingly.

Note: If you don’t take a travel allowance, that amount is allocated in untaxed stipends. Not taking a travel allowance will result in a higher weekly pay package. 

What are considered valid travel receipts to qualify for un-taxed travel allowance?

Valid travel receipts are either an emailed receipt of the travel expense or a photocopy of the paper receipt. Photos of receipts taken with your phone will also be accepted. However, bank statements are invalid and will not qualify for un-taxed travel allowance. 

How long are travel assignments?

Typical travel contracts are 13 weeks, but can range anywhere between 4 weeks up to a year. You can see all job details in the StaffDNA app and online Job Board, including the assignment duration. Oftentimes facilities offer extensions, which many travelers choose if they enjoy the hospital and location.

What qualifies a “travel” assignment?

To qualify for a travel assignment, you typically need to travel at least 50 miles or more from your tax home depending on the facility’s travel requirements. Some facilities require a larger distance to qualify as a traveler.

Do you offer local contracts? What’s the difference between a travel and local contract?

Yes! Local contracts are typically less than 50 miles from your tax home address and compensation is all taxed instead of receiving tax-free travel stipends.

Do you offer referral bonuses?

Yes! If you refer someone who successfully completes at least a 13-week assignment with us, you’ll get up to a $750* referral bonus.

*Referral Bonus Guidelines
To be eligible for the bonus, the referral must be new to StaffDNA; book an assignment with us within 180 days of referral; and successfully complete their contract. Bonuses depend on the referral’s position and duration of their contract, please ask for clarification.