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State Spotlight: Illinois

Chicago

Take your next job in sweet home Chicago!

Both summertime and baseball season are in full swing, which brings us to Illinois, home of the defending World Series champs, the Chicago Cubs. From the excitement of The Second City to its abundant fertile farmlands, The Land of Lincoln is a lovely pick for your next Travel Nurse assignment!

A touristic postal stamp of IllinoisTravel Nursing in Illinois

Illinois is a fantastic place for Travel Nurses — with loads of fun activities throughout the state and region, as well as many great facilities at which to build your career 13 weeks at a time. The state boasts a wide-ranging network of acute care and specialty hospitals that provide inpatient care for behavioral health, rehab, and long term acute care across 102 counties.

According to the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, Illinois is home to 214 hospitals. U.S. News & World Report ranked Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which is nationally ranked in 13 adult specialties, as the #1 hospital in Illinois. Rounding out the top five hospitals in Illinois are: Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago Medical Center, Advocate Christ Medical Center, and Loyola University Medical Center.

Chicago Urban Cityscape along the Chicago RiverMoneyRates ranked Illinois #3 on their list of “The Best States for Making a Living in 2017.” And, while still dubbed “The Second City,” Chicago is currently the third-largest U.S. city.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Illinois #29 on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, healthcare, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report recognized the special draw of Chicago, and ranked IL 10th in infrastructure and 17th in healthcare affordability.

As for licensing, Illinois is a walk through state and a NURSYS state, but it is not a compact state. Click here for more info on licensing in Illinois.

Chicago Cubs

Go, Cubs, go!

To Do & See in Illinois                  

As Illinois’ largest city and the nation’s third-largest metropolis, Chicago is what most people think of when they think of The Land of Lincoln. That’s probably because sweet home Chicago is an amazing place to visit — filled with all kinds of culture, activities, world-class architecture, shopping, dining, theater, art, sports, and more!

Chicago sits on beautiful Lake Michigan, which means the chance to frequent miles of sandy, salt-free, shark-free beaches all summer long! In addition to the swimming, sailing, sightseeing cruises, and sand volleyball that Lake Michigan presents, Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive is known as one of the most beautiful stretches of urban road in the nation. From this famous roadway, you’ll see skyscrapers, lake views, and green spaces. (Speaking of great drives, the famous Route 66 also begins in Chicago!)

Chicago BEan Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate, the sculpture that launched a thousand selfies!

If you’re without a vehicle — because Chicago has great public transportation and frustrating parking — check out the Lakefront Trail, which is perfect for biking, jogging, and people-watching.

The Chicago River, the world’s only backward-flowing river, represents another opportunity for water-lovers. The Chicago Architectural River Cruise is well-known as one the city’s must-dos. Ever since the world’s first skyscraper was erected in Chicago, the city has been known for its intriguing architectural history and features. Some of the city’s most famous buildings include the magnificent Willis (or Sears) Tower — which was the tallest building in the world until 1998 — the John Hancock Center, Tribune Tower, Marina City (made famous-er by Wilco), and the Rookery Building. And, of course, architecture lovers will know that this is Frank Lloyd Wright country!

Having is Chicago dog is an iconic part of the Windy City experience.

Other Chicago attractions you won’t want to miss include Millennium Park (with the famous bean-shaped Cloud Gate sculpture), the Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park (and Lincoln Park Zoo!), and more.

Of course, the city where Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler met is also well-known for being a barrel of laughs, so be sure to check out some comedy at Second City, Zanies, The Laugh Factory, the Annoyance Theatre, and other Chicago stand-up and sketch destinations.

Chicago’s got a pretty amazing sports legacy, with famous athletes like Jordan and iconic coaches like Ditka. In addition to taking in a game at the iconic Wrigley Field, where you can watch the reigning World Series champs, the Chicago Cubs, other hot pro sports tickets include the White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Fire, Sky, and Red Stars.

 Chicago Style Deep Dish Cheese Pizza with Tomato Sauce

Save room for some deep dish pizza!

Whew! If all this sightseeing’s got you hungry, you are in luck, because Chicago has some of the very best eats in the nation. From upscale, world-class dining at places like Alinea, Oriole, and Acadia, to the next tier favorites like Avec, Bad Hunter, and Girl & The Goat, Chicago has some mouth-watering chances for you to treat yo-self in the culinary sense. But even the more moderately priced meals here will wow you, from Chicago dogs, to Italian beef sandwiches, to deep dish pizza. Chicago’s also known for great Greek fare, Puerto Rican jibarito, barbecue, Italian, and more. Illinois is also famous for pierogies, steak, corn on the cob and popcorn. Wash it down with a Green River soda or a Goose Island ale, and you’ll be living the Illinois dream!

Superman

Superman’s official hometown is Metropolis, Illinois, where you can visit the Super Museum.

While Illinois’s highest point is Charles Mound at just 1,235 feet above sea level, there’s some great climbing to be had at Jackson Falls in the stunning Shawnee National Forest. Outdoorsy types will love this gorgeous forested area which is great for hiking, camping, climbing, and more. Garden of the Gods Wilderness is also a beautiful landscape to see and covers 3,300-plus acres of forest in southern Illinois.

Superhero fans will want to flock to Metropolis, Illinois, the Man of Steel’s official hometown and the site of just one building Superman might leap in a single bound, The Super Museum!

Depending on your region, Illinois also offers pretty quick access to neighboring spots like St. Louis, Milwaukee, Quad Cities, Bloomington-Normal, and even Nashville, Memphis, and Minneapolis.

Illinois Garden of the Gods

It’s not all urban, Illinois has breathtaking nature too! Check out the beautiful Garden of the Gods Wilderness.

Illinois Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Land of Lincoln, or, The Prairie State

Capital: Springfield

Largest City: Chicago

National Historic Sites, Wildlife Refuges, and Forests: 9

State Parks, State Forests, and State Recreation Areas: 91

State Motto: “State Sovereignty, National Union”

State Insect: Monarch Butterfly

State Bird: Cardinal

Illinois is the 21st state.

Twinkies, the cell phone, zippers, the mechanical dishwasher, the pinball machine, Ferris wheels, softball, modern dentistry, and barbed wire were all invented in New Jersey.

Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

America’s famed Route 66 starts in Chicago.

Ronald Reagan is the only president born in Illinois, although he called California his home state. But Presidents Lincoln, Grant, and Obama famously considered The Prairie State to be their home base at various times.

Betty White

The incomparable Betty White is from Illinois!

Illinois is the largest U.S. producer of pumpkins.

While Chicago’s lake breezes make it a great summer destination, many sources argue that the nickname “The Windy City” doesn’t come from gusty weather, but rather the city’s famously long-winded politicians who were said to be full of hot air!

The Home Insurance Building, built in Chicago in 1885, was the world’s first skyscraper.

The tallest man in recorded medical history was born in Alton, Illinois. His name was Robert Pershing Wadlow — though he was known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois — and he was 8’11”!

Famous folks from Illinois include Melissa McCarthy, Harrison Ford, Walt Disney, Michelle Obama, Miles Davis, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Robin Williams, Chance The Rapper, Cindy Crawford, Shel Silverstein, Eddie Vedder, Jennifer Hudson, Richard Pryor, Bill Murray, Ernest Hemingway, Betty White, Mr. T, Hugh Hefner, Patti Smith, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Approximately 80% of Illinois is farmland.

Chicago’s Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium in the U.S.

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7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs

Travel Nurse with ice cream

Check out these 7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs!

Summer is here and not only is the livin’ easy, but great Travel Nursing jobs are easy to find!

The fairer season means the whole world comes alive from coast to coast, and there’s no better time to spin your compass, pack your bags, take the leap, become a Travel Nurse, and explore the country.

May we suggest one of these 7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs as you embark on your next adventure?

Ready, set, go!

California

California couple dog

California here you come!

The Golden State is considered by many to be *the* very best state for Travel Nursing! Not only is it brimming with outstanding nature and geographic diversity, it’s also got some of the nation’s most beloved big cities, like San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. From north to south, there’s a little something for everyone here, and strict nurse to patient ratio laws mean the jobs are always plentiful in California. Summer is an absolutely amazing time explore the great outdoors, urban activities, and bounty of beaches located here. And don’t forget wine country! Whether you’re a wine drinker or not, this beautiful region Is truly something to behold.

If you want to learn more about the great Golden State, click here to check our California State Spotlight.

Or, if you’re already sold, click here for amazing job opportunities and California adventures.

North Carolina sunset

North Carolina sunsets are something to see!

North Carolina

Here comes another fabulous place to hit the beach this summer! North Carolina has some of the nation’s nicest beaches. I have personally witnessed one of the most beautiful beach sunsets I’ve ever seen within its bounds! In addition to beautiful beaches, get ready to explore the Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, a boatload of picturesque lighthouses, intriguing historical sites, and so much more. Oh, and the food here is amazing! From the perfect southern biscuits, fried chicken, and shrimp & grits to the distinct style of tangy BBQ and beyond, food is just one more reason to take a bite out of North Carolina.

Check out our North Carolina State Spotlight to learn more about this incredible state!

Or, if you’re ready to see all that NC has to offer, click here to find your dream job in North Carolina.

Virginia

Virginia hike

Virginia is for lovers of hiking, history, and so much more!

Virginia is perfectly located for summer excursions throughout the south and upper east coast — not that you even need to leave the state to do and see some awesome stuff! There a ton of really cool historical sites here like Jamestown, Arlington National Cemetery, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, and many more. The nature is also amazing from gorgeous beaches — like the famous Virginia Beach — to the stunning peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to take a spin on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway as well! And, for when you won’t be behind the wheel, Virginia is a surprisingly popular wine destination — with 250+ wineries and lots of scenic wine trails where you can enjoy the view and pop in and out of picturesque small towns and intriguing historical sites.

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Kansas City

Missouri is in bloom in the summer months!

Missouri

The Show-Me State is great fun in the summertime! Missouri has everything from an extensive network of 600+ caves to world-class dining and high-end shopping in urban centers like Kansas City and St. Louis. Get kitschy with the nightline in Branson, drop some coin in Silver Dollar City, and marvel at the Gateway Arch or get weird at the City Museum in St. Louis. You can also pay tribute to the amazingly wise Mark Twain in his hometown of Hannibal. And who needs coastlines anyway when you’ve got Missouri’s many lakes — most famously the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks, which stretches across four counties in central Missouri.

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Washington

"Seattle, Washington"

Washington summer are wonderful!

The Evergreen State is an amazing sight to see in the summer months! Majestic natural experiences abound here from the Cascade Range to Olympic National Park to Mount Rainier — the latter which can spied through many a café window in Seattle. Speaking of the Emerald City, Seattle truly blossoms in the summer months, when the rain tends to slow and the sunshine promotes all kinds of urban outdoor experiences. Take in the Puget Sound, eat some of the finest seafood and other cuisine you can imagine, visit the iconic Pike Place Market and the first-ever Starbucks location, and get artsy at the Chihuly Garden and Olympic Sculpture Park. Whether you like cityscapes or wide open spaces, Washington will not disappoint!

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Wisconsin Devil's Lake

Wisconsin is the land of 15,000 lakes!

Wisconsin

Summer is the very best time to visit the Midwest and Wisconsin is great proof of that. While Minnesota is famous for its 10,000 lakes, The Badger State actually boasts 15,000 gorgeous, natural lakes that are heaven for swimming, fishing, boating, and more. The Wisconsin Dells is a must-do when you visit Wisconsin. There are a ton of cool attractions and activities there, like waterparks, casinos, museums, zip-line adventures, amusement parks, horseback riding, and loads more. Cities like Milwaukee and Madison both have a high cool factor, because there you’ll be treated to great dining, shopping, museums, music, craft beer, and much more.

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Maryland

A female Maryland Blue Crab from the Chesapeake Bay walks along a pier after being caught by a fisherman in the late afternoon.

Maryland is famous for its crab cakes, crab dip, crab chips, steamed crabs … sensing a theme here?

Travel Nursing is all about freedom, so what better state to visit than The Free State. If you like seafood, top-notch hospitals, history and culture, this is a great state for you. Maryland is also known as “Little America” for it’s insane amount of geographic diversity — it contains nearly every type of terrain and natural feature throughout the nation all in one compact little package. It’s unlikely you’ll run out of things to do and see in Maryland, but don’t forget, Washington D.C. is right next door, giving you access to even more cool stuff to do and see on your journey.

Check out our Maryland State Spotlight to learn more about this super cool state!

Or, if you’re ready to check out opportunities in The Free State, click here to discover great Travel Nursing jobs in Maryland.

If none of these 7 Sweet Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs trip your trigger, there are plenty of other places to roam this summer! Click here to explore all current Travel Nurse job opportunities!

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State Spotlight: New Jersey

New Jersey Map

Enjoy Jersey’s white sand beaches, delicious food, fun summer attractions, and close proximity to NYC and Philly this year!

Because The Jersey Shore is a wonderful place to spend the summer, this month’s State Spotlight takes us to New Jersey. Sure, there are plenty of Jersey haters out there and sometimes the state gets a bad rap, but if you really take the time to learn what The Garden State’s all about you’ll be smitten faster than you can say, “Cabs are here!”

Travel Nursing in New Jersey   

New Jersey’s a great state for Travel Nurses — with plenty to do in the state/region and lots of great facilities to call home for 13 weeks at a time. The state boasts a wide-ranging network of acute care and specialty hospitals that provide inpatient care for behavioral health, rehab, and long term acute care. All of New Jersey’s 21 counties have at least one such facility, which means residents have access to great care throughout The Garden State.

New Jersey is home to 112 hospitals, including Hackensack University Medical Center, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in New Jersey and which is nationally ranked in four adult specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in New Jersey are: Morristown Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and (tied for fifth) AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and Valley Hospital.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked New Jersey #14 on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report recognized New Jersey’s “world-class universities, leading technology and biological science firms and one fast turnpike” and ranked the state second in education and eighth in healthcare.

As for licensing, New Jersey is not a walk through state, nor a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state. Click here for more info on licensing in New Jersey.

To Do & See in New Jersey

The Garden State is a wonderful hodgepodge of rural and urban adventure! Get ready to dig in at your favorite diner, kick back on the boardwalk, crank some Springsteen, and take your place as a total Travel Nurse BOSS.

Atlantic City Boardwalk

New Jersey’s Atlantic City Boardwalk is the longest in the world! Atlantic City is also known for its casinos, great nightlife, delicious food, and beautiful beaches!

As you can imagine, summer is the perfect time to enjoy the famous Jersey Shore — which spans 127 miles of coastline, from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Forget the drunken clamor of MTV’s eponymous reality show, because the Jersey Shore’s white sand beaches are an incredible place to soak up a truly awesome beach experience. Imagine your days off chock-full of sun, sand, and surf! The Shore also offers aquatic adventure in the form of barrier islands and bays where you can explore historic lighthouses, quaint fishing villages, and more.

Whether you’re after art, culture, or history, New Jersey’s many museums and historical sites will excite. Some of the best such locations in the state include the New Jersey State Museum, Newark Museum, Liberty Science Center, Montclair Art Museum, the USS New Jersey, Garden State Discovery Museum, the Aviation Hall of Fame, Cape May Lighthouse, Old Barracks Museum, and the Princeton University Art Museum.

If you like your museums a little kooky, there’s also Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Atlantic City or the Silverball Pinball Museum in Asbury Park! Adventure Aquarium and Delaware River Tubing also top many to-do lists for New Jersey. Plus, the state’s got a lot of vineyards popping up such as the popular Beneduce Vineyards, Unionville Vineyards, Heritage Winery, Auburn Road Vineyards, Tomasello Winery, and many more.

Sports fans will love to hit the stands in support of one of Jersey’s pro sports teams, which include the New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Red Bulls, New Jersey Devils, Sky Blue FC, and the New York Riveters.

Assorted Sweet Saltwater Taffy on a Background

New Jersey is home to delicious things like saltwater taffy, tomato pie, Italian hot dogs, Jersey-style Sloppy Joes, and so much more!

While New Jersey might not be the first place that pops to mind when it comes to culinary delights, the state has plenty of good eats and great variety. First off, they don’t call it the Garden State for nothing. New Jersey’s third-largest industry is food & agriculture, with 9,000+ farms in-state producing more than 100 kinds of fruits and veggies — most famously, the Jersey tomato.

New Jersey is famous for being the “diner capital of the world” so you’ll be in diner heaven when on assignment there. According to Thrillist, some of the state’s best diners include The Summit Diner, The Pop Shop, Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory, Ponzio’s, Americana, White Mana, and White Rose Diner. Yum!

Other famous New Jersey food experiences include submarine sandwiches, saltwater taffy, Taylor pork rolls, Italian hot dogs, and tomato pie. Wash it all down with a Welch’s Grape Juice, originally conceived in Jersey, or a Boylan’s soda and you’ll be living like a true New Jerseyan! Also, if you’re offered a Sloppy Joe in Jersey don’t expect a Manwich. Jersey-style Sloppy Joes are double decker deli sandwiches, with multiple types of cold cuts, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye.

New Jersey Outdoors

New Jersey is home to 72 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the Pineland National Reserve, and many other beautiful outdoor sights!

While New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the union, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the great outdoors. In addition to the beaches, another excellent choice for outdoor activity is the Pinelands National Reserve in southern New Jersey, which boasts 1.1-million acres! This area has such a unique natural habitat, that in 1983 the United Nations named it an International Biosphere Reserve. Here you’ll find an intriguing blend of flora and fauna, from orchids to carnivorous plants to the Pinelands tree frog and rare pygmy pitch pines. You’ll also find great opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, and more with this beautiful, pristine wilderness as your view along the way. Pinelands National Reserve also has some great sites within its boundaries where you can learn about the history and culture of The Garden State.

And don’t forget to check out the 72 miles of The Appalachian Trail that travel through New Jersey!

If you’re more of a city mouse, you’ll love the world-class dining, shopping, entertainment, and casinos located in Jersey’s urban areas like Newark, Jersey City, Trenton, Atlantic City, Hoboken, and more.

Plus, in addition to the state’s many exciting sights and attractions, New Jersey is a fabulous jump-off point for exploring the greater East Coast area. In fact, Jersey’s just minutes away from two of America’s greatest cities — Manhattan on the east and Philadelphia on the west!

New Jersey Fast Facts

New Jersey

Greetings and Fun Facts from New Jersey!

State Nickname: The Garden State

Capital: Trenton

Largest City: Newark

National Park Sites: 12

State Parks, State Forests, and State Recreation Areas: 50

State Motto: “Liberty and Prosperity”

State Flower: Purple Violet

State bird: American Goldfinch

New Jersey is the third state and was one of the 13 original colonies.

Bubble wrap, Teflon, Band-Aids, saltwater taffy, bar codes, TV dinners, and the light bulb were all invented in New Jersey.

Street names in the original Monopoly game are all based on actual streets in Atlantic City.

New Jersey is home to approximately 127 miles of coastline.

Bruce Springsteen

Famous New Jerseyans include Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Joe Pesci, Fetty Wap, and many other notable folks!

The Atlantic City Boardwalk is the oldest boardwalk in the U.S. and the longest boardwalk in the entire world!

The first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken in 1846 and, in more sports new, the first professional basketball game was played in Trenton in 1896.

New Jersey is one of only two states that prohibits self-service gas stations. (The other is Oregon.)

In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened just outside of Camden, New Jersey.

Famous folks from New jersey include Bruce Willis, Buzz Aldrin, Judy Blume, Jon Bon Jovi, Kellyanne Conway, David Copperfield, Glenn Danzig, Danny DeVito, Peter Dinklage, Michael Douglas, Allen Ginsburg, Chelsea Handler, Lauryn Hill, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Jerry Lewis, Ray Liotta, Kurt Loder, George R.R. Martin, Jack Nicholson, Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Parcells, Alice Paul, Joe Pesci, Kelly Ripa, Frank Sinatra, Kevin Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, John Travolta, Fetty Wap, and Wendy Williams.

New Jersey is dubbed “the diner capital of the world” for its sheer number of greasy spoon eateries.

New Jersey was the first state to sign the Bill of Rights.

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State Spotlight: Maryland

Maryland Map

In honor of Clara Barton and Nurses Week, this month’s Sate Spotlight takes us to Maryland. Let’s go!

In honor of Nurses Week, this month’s State Spotlight takes us to Maryland — the home of the Clara Barton National Historic site, which celebrates the life of the iconic nursing legend and American Red Cross founder.

Travel Nursing in Maryland     

Maryland is an amazing state for Travel Nursing. There are many wonderful facilities here and the geographic location gives Travelers a lot of variety and endless opportunities for adventure throughout the state and region.

The small but mighty state is home to nearly 70 hospitals, including the famous Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in Maryland and #4 on its 2016/2017 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Rounding out the top five hospitals in Maryland are: University of Maryland Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

Baltimore Harbor

Baltimore’s beautiful harbor is a must-see!

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Maryland #8 on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. Maryland has one of the best state economies in the nation and remains one of only 11 U.S. states with a AAA bond rating. When it comes to cost of living, Maryland has a unique advantage in that it’s located so close to Washington D.C., yet its residents don’t have the added expense of actually living in the nation’s capital.

As for licensing, Maryland is not a walk through state but it is a compact state and a NURSYS state. Temporary licenses generally come through in approximately two to three days and are good for 90 days. Click here for more info on licensing in Maryland.

To Do & See in Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland

Historic and quaint Annapolis, Maryland’s downtown view, featuring the State House.

There are plenty of great states out there for Travel Nurses seeking variety, but Maryland may take the proverbial crab cake when it comes to geographical diversity!

In fact, Maryland has been dubbed “Little America” or “America in Miniature” since it contains just about every terrain and so many of the natural features found in the U.S. In The Old Line State you can enjoy raging rivers, lovely lakes, stunning seashores, intriguing islands, beautiful bays, fabulous forests, captivating cliffs, majestic mountains, cool caves, wonderful waterfalls, and wetlands brimming with wildlife. You’ll also find that Maryland also has everything from bustling cities to serene small towns to classic farmland areas.

Some of Maryland’s most revered natural attractions include The Chesapeake Bay, a 40-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail, The Blackwater National Refuge, Rocks State Park (which also boasts some great history), Assateague State Park (located on a barrier island — and there are roving wild ponies there!), Gilpin’s Fall, Sugarloaf Mountain, Cranesville Swamp Nature Sanctuary, Belt Woods, Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, and many more beautiful spots.

Horse race

Get down with The Preakness!

While jousting is the official sport of the state of Maryland, sports fans can get down with Baltimore Ravens football and Baltimore Orioles baseball, as well as the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team and several other professional sports franchises. And, of course, the third Saturday each May Baltimore hosts The Preakness Stakes horse race!

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a must-see, with 20,000 aquatic animals in amazingly cool, award-winning habitats. Exhibits include cool experiences like the Amazon River Forest, Atlantic Coral Reef, Dolphin Discovery, Shark Alley, and many, many more.

A female Maryland Blue Crab from the Chesapeake Bay walks along a pier after being caught by a fisherman in the late afternoon.

Maryland is famous for its crab cakes, crab dip, crab chips, steamed crabs … sensing a theme here?

And, speaking of seeing seafood, Maryland is famously known for its ample supply of the nation’s most perfect crab cakes. Other iconic area eats include softshell crab, Smith Island Cake, Thrasher’s Fries, oysters, Utz Crab Chips, cream of crab soup, crab dip, snowballs, and fresh fruit from Maryland’s many orchards and farms. Wash it all down with a National Bohemian Beer, or “Natty Boh” as the locals say, and you’ll be living like a true Marylander!

As mentioned above, if you’re a nurse and a history buff you may want to check out the Clara Barton National Historic Site, where the legendary nurse welcomed the infirm, launched the American Red Cross, and lived until her death in 1912. There’s a ton of other cool historical sites to take in here in The Old Line State, like Historic Annapolis, Fort McHenry, Antietam National Battlefield, Fort Washington Park (which was, for several decades, the only defensive fort that protected D.C.), Historic St. Mary’s City, the B&O Railroad Museum, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, and the Edgar Allen Poe House & Museum.

Washington DC, USA at the tidal basin with Washington Monument in spring season.

An assignment in Maryland gives you great access to all of Washington D.C.’s amazing sights, plus spring is a beautiful time to go!

Other attractions in this great state you won’t want to miss include the Ocean City Boardwalk, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Park, and the Baltimore Harbor.

Oh yeah, and there’s a little place called Washington D.C. right next door. I’m told they have a sight or two to see … You know, like the White House, Washington Monument, National Gallery of Art, Newseum, Smithsonian Institution, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Capitol Building, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Air and Space Museum, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, National Portrait Gallery, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and TONS more.

Maryland Fast Facts

Maryland State Flag Waving In the Breeze

Maryland’s colorful, unique state flag.

State Nickname: The Old Line State or The Free State

Capital: Annapolis

Largest City: Baltimore

National Parks, Historic Sites, and Wildlife Refuges: 10

State Parks: 40

State Motto: “Strong Deeds, Gentle Words”

State Flower: Black-eyed Susan

State bird: Baltimore Oriole

Maryland is the seventh state and was one of the 13 original colonies.

Annapolis, Maryland is known as the sailing capital of the world. Fitting, as it once served as the Capital of the United States and in the 17th Century was known as the “Athens of America.”

The Maryland State House is the United States’ oldest state capitol that’s still in continuous legislative use.

In 1901, Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins School of Medicine employed the first female professor of medicine.

The United States Naval Academy was founded in Annapolis in 1845.

There’s a town in Maryland named Chevy Chase — but it has nothing to do with the SNL funnyman by the same name.

Frederick Douglass Stamp

Frederick Douglass was a native Marylander!

Famous Marylanders include Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken Jr., John Waters, Edgar Allen Poe, Harriet Tubman, David Hasselhoff, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Taraji P. Henson, Joan Jett, Tori Amos, Philip Glass, Upton Sinclair, Zora Neale Hurston, Tom Clancy, Ben Carson, Nancy Pelosi, and Frederick Douglass.

Ouija Boards and automatic elevators were invented in Maryland. The state also produced the nation’s first umbrellas and was home to its first YMCA.

Maryland was one of two states to give up some of its land for the creation of Washington D.C. (The other was Virginia.)

Forests cover 43% of Maryland’s land surface.

Baltimore’s Mount Clare Station, built in 1830, was the nation’s first railroad station.

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10 Spring-tastic Spots for Your Next Travel Nurse Gig

Flowers Tulips

Where are you headed this spring? Check out these 10 spring-tastic spots for your next Travel Nurse gig!

Spring is generally chock-full of two things: Tulips and possibilities! You made it through another winter season and now you’re itching to shake of the dust and doldrums, hit the road, and find a new scene for spring. Maybe you’re a seasoned, veteran Travel Nurse, or maybe it’s your first time to spin the ol’ compass and go — either way, it’s high time to take a deep breath of the fresh spring air and get ready to choose your own adventure.

Read on if you’re ready to spring into a new Travel Nurse job in one of these top spring locations!

eating outside with friends

From world-class restaurants to food trucks to hole in the wall gems, California cuisine is killer!

California

The Golden State is perhaps THE number one Travel Nurse destination — and for good reason. Strict nurse to patient ratio rules and high populations mean that Travel Nursing jobs are always plentiful here! I probably don’t need to tell you about all of the state’s beautiful beaches, majestic trees, amazing attractions, or its perfect climate. And you’re likely already aware of California’s world-class shopping and dining, fresh produce, and bountiful wine … but just in case, check out our State Spotlight on California.

If you’re already sold, click here to scope out Travel Nurse jobs in Cali.

Georgia

Georgia Stamp

Sweet, sweet Georgia should be on your mind, Travel Nurses!

Springtime in Georgia is peachy keen and then some! Georgia is the birthplace of Coca-Cola and Lay’s Potato Chips, and home to more peaches, pecans, peanuts, and Vidalia onions than you can shake a stick at. If you’re still not hungry for Georgia, consider its reputation for hospitality and affordable living, wealth of interesting historical sites, and exciting attractions like Stone Mountain, the Georgia Aquarium, the Savannah Historic District, and the College Football Hall of Fame. Whether you prefer a small town like the offbeat Bavarian hamlet of Helen or exciting cities like haunted Savannah or Hotlanta, spring is a great time to hop that midnight train to Georgia.

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Illinois

Chicago Urban Cityscape along the Chicago River

Sweet home, Chicago!

I’m not sure if you heard, but Chicago Cubs fans had a pretty sweet time of it in 2016 and the word on the street is they are still celebrating! If you love a lively celebration, that’s just one reason why now is the perfect time to visit The Land of Lincoln for a spring Travel Nurse assignment. Chicago blends Midwestern friendliness with big-city appeal. The city’s a nonstop playground with its Magnificent Mile, iconic Field Museum of Natural History, Willis Tower, and so much more. The shopping, pro sports, cultural activities, and great Great Lake views are just the tip of the iceberg. From deep dish pizza and street vendor Chicago dogs to some of the finest high-brow cuisine in the nation, Illinois offers plenty to sink your teeth into.

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New Jersey

Board walk of Asbury Park

The iconic Asbury Park Boardwalk!

The Garden State is so much more than Zach Braff and Snooki would lead you to believe! New Jersey is perfectly situated for exploring the East Coast in general, especially considering that it is just minutes away from two of the nation’s top cities: Manhattan on the east and Philadelphia on the west. Not to mention the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk and boisterous Jersey Shore lie within its borders. It’s also home to one of the best American accents and is known as the Diner Capital of the World! There’s truly no better place to crank some Bruce Springsteen and be a total BOSS at Travel Nursing.

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From caves to jazz to barbecue and beyond, the Show-Me State has tons to show off!

Missouri

The Show-Me State is full of diverse experiences just ripe for the spring picking! From spelunking (seriously, Missouri has 600+ caves!) to high-end shopping in urban havens like Kansas City and St. Louis, there’s a lot of variety here when it comes to to-dos. Get kitschy in Branson, marvel at the Gateway Arch or get weird at the City Museum in St. Louis,  sail away on the Lake of the Ozarks, and pay tribute to Twain in Hannibal. If you’re near KC, make time for some jazz, barbecue (I recommend Joe’s!), and a trip to the stunning Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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Florida

Get your beach on in sunny Florida!

Orange you glad Travel Nursing gives you the opportunity to visit Florida?! The Sunshine State is an amazing destination for Travel Nurses — with the state’s large population of seniors, there’s a consistent need for increased staffing which means great opportunities for Travelers. The fact that it’s a gorgeous, beachy paradise absolutely brimming with nature’s beauty and urban excitement helps too! Iconic experiences abound — from Epcot to the Everglades, The Magic Kingdom to the Islands of Adventure, and Kennedy Space Center to the Florida Keys. Cuban sandwiches, Key lime pie, fresh tropical fruit, and the absolute best stone crabs are just a few more reasons why Florida is such a tasty destination.

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The Alamo, San Antonio, TX

Remember The Alamo … is just one of so many awesome things to do and see in The Lone Star State!

Texas

They say everything is bigger and better in Texas — and that includes opportunities for Travel Nurse jobs! Spring is just the right time to take an assignment in Texas, which sees an early spring and is a hotbed of outdoor activity and watersports from Lake Travis to South Padre to the beaches of Corpus Christi. Get weird in Austin, remember to learn your history at The Alamo in San Antonio, and aim for the stars at the Space Center in Houston. By the way, if you love barbecue, Tex-Mex, or margaritas, this is your Mecca!

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Couple Hiking North Carolina

From the Great Smoky Mountains to some of the nation’s prettiest beaches, North Carolina’s got a little bit of everything.

North Carolina

The Tar Heel State is so seasonally appropriate that we featured it in our March State Spotlight! Spring is the perfect time to make your way to North Carolina, where you can explore this great state from the amazing mountains in the west to the world-renowned beaches and Outer Banks in the east. North Carolina is home to high peaks, fresh seafood, white sandy beaches, picturesque lighthouses, exciting sports, bluegrass, and all kinds of great history and culture just waiting for you to come explore it!

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Virginia

Virginia has the power to take you back in time AND help you discover your future!

It’s true. Virginia is for lovers of all things awesome! This state is perfect for those who love to explore and take day trips. Virginia is situated in a way that makes it a great gateway to the east coast as well as the south. Not that you’d need to leave the state to experience all kinds of awesome-ness! Virginia features the awe-inspiring peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the exciting twisty-turns of the Blue Ridge Parkway. and the fascinating history of Williamsburg, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Jamestown, and Arlington National Cemetary, and other hot historical spots. And don’t forget, the state also has stellar stretches of beaches like the eponymous and most famous Virginia Beach.

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New York

Start spreadin’ the news … New York totally rules!

Folks immediately think of The Big Apple when considering jobs in New York. That’s because New York City is an amazing city to experience as a local without ever getting burnt out on the day-to-day city grind. While NYC is one of the best cities in the world, with its endless culture, cuisine, and sightseeing, don’t forget the beautiful upstate region! Explore the lush upstate region with trips to the Adirondacks, Niagara Falls, or Finger Lakes, or, take an assignment in one of its lovely towns and stay awhile. They did invent Buffalo wings, modern air conditioning, and those Little Tree air fresheners, so you know they’re good people!

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Medical Solutions wishes you the best wherever you choose to land this spring! If you’ve already been there/done that or if these states just aren’t your jam, click here to search all Travel Nurse jobs. Happy trails!

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State Spotlight: North Carolina

North Carolina view

North Carolina is the place to be, Travel Nurses!

Since we’re all in the throes of March Madness, what better corner of the nation to highlight this month than the great state of North Carolina — whose Tar Heels have made the most Final Four appearances of any team in college basketball!

NORTH CAROLINA TRAVELSTravel Nursing in North Carolina

North Carolina is a great state for Travel Nursing — both in terms of days off and on the job! There’s tons to do and see here, as well as many great career opportunities.

The state is home to more than 126 hospitals, including the largest in North Carolina — Duke University Hospital — which is one of four university-affiliated academic medical centers in the state. Many Travel Nurses have reported that working in teaching hospitals are excellent for developing their skills and strengthening their resumes. The Raleigh-Durham “Research Triangle” region is particularly fertile ground for Travelers seeking opportunities at teaching hospitals.

According to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index, North Carolina has a cost of living that’s below the national average. That’s a good sign for Travelers looking to get the most buck for their bang-up work!

As for licensing, North Carolina is not a walk through state but it is a compact state and a NURSYS state. Temporary licenses generally come through in approximately one to two weeks and are good for six months. Click here for more info on licensing in North Carolina.

To Do & See in North Carolina

Linn Cove Viaduct

The Linn Cove Viaduct. Part of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina.

As North Carolina is known for its gorgeous landscapes and pleasant climate, many of the most famous points of interest in the state involve the great outdoors. There’s the famous Blue Ridge Parkway — known for some of the nation’s most scenic drives as it cuts a winding path through the mystical Great Smoky Mountains. The Appalachian Mountains are simply a breathtaking must-see when you take an assignment in North Carolina! On its coastal side, North Carolina is known for 300+ miles of some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, plus the amazing Outer Banks. Here you can go-go-go — experiencing activities like world-class golf, fishing, shopping, lighthouses, and shipwreck chasing — or you can simply lay on the beautiful beach and relax.

North Carolina’s climate is perfect for those who’d just as soon pretend winter doesn’t exist. Winters here are mild and lovely, spring and fall are generally long and beautiful, and although summers here often get quite warm, that’s what the amazing beaches are for, right?

Board Walk on the Beach

North Carolina is home to 300+ miles of beautiful beaches!

North Carolina’s unofficial state motto is “First in Flight” — coined for the famous site near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first “controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft” in 1903. History buffs will enjoy a trip to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, as well as attractions like the Biltmore Estate, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and the State Capitol. If you’re into planes, trains, automobiles — and boats — check out the North Carolina Transportation Museum, the Battleship USS North Carolina, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Urban areas in North Carolina have all the southern charm of the rural areas, plus intriguing cultural activities and all the spoils of big city life. Larger cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Fayetteville, and Winston-Salem have tons of great art, history, and cultural opportunities, as well pro sports (Panthers, Hornets, and Hurricanes — oh my!), shopping, historical sites and attractions, and all kinds of other urban excitement. Asheville is kind of like the Austin of North Carolina — with its hip, Bohemian vibe, aces farm to table restaurant scene, ample craft beer community, dozens of art galleries, thriving live music scene, and breathtaking views and hiking opportunities.

By the way, we’d be remiss to discuss North Carolina without mention of the state’s down-home, delicious cuisine. Come for the Travel Nurse job, stay for the distinct North Carolina BBQ, famous fried chicken and a biscuit (those in the know go to Chapel Hill’s Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen for theeee best in the state!), and low country shrimp & grits. Wash it all down with a Cheerwine and you’ll be living like a true local!

North Carolina Fast Facts

Charlotte is North Carolina’s largest city.

State Nickname: The Old North State or Tar Heel State

Capital: Raleigh

Largest City: Charlotte

National Parks: 10

State Parks and Recreation Areas: 38

State Motto: “Esse Quam Videri” meaning: “To Be Rather Than to Seem”

State Vegetable: Sweet Potato

North Carolina is the 12th state.

Mount Mitchell is the highest point in the United States east of the Mississippi River.

Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville, North Carolina on March 7, 1914.

2012’s The Hunger Games was filmed throughout North Carolina — with Pisgah National Forest acting as the fictional District 12.

Upper Catabwa Falls

Upper Catabwa Falls is a 50-foot waterfall that leads to another amazing lower waterfall!

Famous North Carolinians include Sugar Ray Leonard, James Taylor, Roberta Flack, Cecil B. DeMille, Howard Cosell, Dolley Madison, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Wolfe, Charlie Rose, Clay Aiken, John Coltrane, and Billy Graham.

The first Pepsi was made and served in New Bern, North Carolina in 1898.

The Biltmore Estate, just outside of Asheville, is the largest private home in the United States. It has 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, and sprawling gardens!

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest U.S. lighthouse.

The first mini-golf course was built in Fayetteville.

During Prohibition, Wilkes County was known as the Moonshine Capital of the World. Nowadays, North Carolina is home to 140+ breweries and brewpubs, plus 160 wineries.

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State Spotlight: California

travel in LA

This month’s State Spotlight shines on the gorgeous “Golden State” of Californ-I-A!

Travel Nursing opportunities in California are as abundant and varied as the state’s many things to see and do, making it a favorite destination among Travelers. That’s why we picked Cali to kick off our new State Spotlight series, which will focus on one of the 50 nifty United States every month in our newsletter! In this series you can find out what Travel Nursing opportunities and licensing requirements exist, what there is to see and do, and learn some fun facts about each state.

With that, California here we come!

California t-shirt with grizzly bear. T-shirt graphics, designTravel Nursing in California

Several factors make California a hotbed state for Travel Nursing. The state has a population north of 38 million as well as one of the lowest numbers of nurses per capita in the U.S. Additionally, it’s a really great state to travel to, so it maintains consistent popularity among Travel Nurses.

If you think you want to work in California, you should start to pursue your license by endorsement immediately, as the state is known for one of the lengthier licensing processes. But not to worry, just talk to your recruiter and he or she will be able to help you navigate the process.

The cost of housing can run high in some California locations, however, wages tend to be dictated accordingly so they run high too. The Central Valley is often considered a great zone for net pay, as it generally has a lower cost of living but bill rates remain higher. That said, when it comes to pay and housing costs — as in any state — every assignment and offer is different and may buck general trends.

Santa Monica California sunset on Pier Ferrys wheel

A gorgeous Santa Monica California sunset!

California has very progressive nurse-to-patient ratio laws that cap the number of patients assigned to each nurse, which many nurses are pleased to report is helpful in providing quality patient care and combatting nurse burnout. The state also has very stringent rules regarding meal breaks and rest breaks for hospital staff, which greatly benefits nurses.

To Do & See in California  

The only problem with what to do and see in California is where the heck to begin! No other state can really quite say that it has something for everyone on the level of this great state. California offers everything from beaches to skiing, as well as some of the country’s most cosmopolitan urban centers and some it’s most unspoiled nature.

Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge!

Exciting cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and others offer all the hubbub of urban life, including amazing art and culture museums like L.A.’s Griffith Observatory and Getty Center, San Francisco’s Exploratorium and Museum of Modern Art, San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and so many more. World class shopping (Rodeo Drive, anyone?) and dining are also hallmarks of California’s cities, where the produce is fresh and abundant and foodies can easily achieve a state of dining nirvana.

eating outside with friends

From world-class restaurants to food trucks to hole in the wall gems, California cuisine is killer!

There are also plenty of attractions, like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, Pier 39, Golden Gate Park, and who could forget the cities iconic cable cars. Los Angeles is home to   the Hollywood sign, La Brea Tar Pits, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Boulevard and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and, of course, famous theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios. San Diego is known for Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Sea World, Old Town San Diego, Point Loma, and more. All of these locations also have an abundance of professional sports teams and amazing weather in which to take yourself out to any kind of ball game!

Sunset in Sonoma

Sunset in the vineyards of Sonoma County!

Outside of its major city centers, California is dotted with adorable little towns like Truckee, Arcata, Grover Beach, Nevada City, Sausalito, Pismo Beach, and Sonoma, for those who’d prefer a slower pace and less density.

Speaking of Sonoma, California wine country is a must-visit destination for vino enthusiasts. From huge, time-tested winemakers to quaint, under the radar wineries, there’s plenty of gorgeous scenery and scrumptious spirits to drink in. Napa and Sonoma are among the most famous wine destinations, but there are great wineries and wine regions throughout the state.

Giant Sequoia Tree Canopy, The Senate Trees

California is famous for its epic redwood and sequoia trees!

When it comes to nature, California is just as varied as everything else in the state — from the highest point in the contiguous United States, Mount Whitney, to the nation’s lowest point in Death Valley. See the famous Redwoods, Joshua Trees, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Mount Shasta and the surrounding lavender fields, China Beach, Point Reyes, Lake Tahoe and its gorgeous Emerald Bay, Glacier Point, Muir Woods, the Big Sur coastline, Bishop Creek, Crystal Cave, Fossil Falls, Glass Beach, the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, General Sherman (the largest tree in the entire world!), more amazing beach and hiking trails than you can imagine, and so much more.

And that’s just scratching the tippy-top of the surface of the many amazing wonders that await in The Golden State! When you decide to take an assignment in California you’re signing up for boundless amounts of fun and adventure on your days off — whether that’s road tripping to a nearby natural wonder or simply enjoying the landscape of your neighborhood.

California Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Golden State

Bixby Creek Bridge on Highway One

California is chock full of scenic drives!

Capital: Sacramento

Largest City: Los Angeles

National Parks: 10

Nationals Forests: 18

State Parks and Beaches: 278

State Motto: Eureka! (I have found it!)

State Flower: Golden poppy

California is the 31st state.

Richard Nixon is the only California-born president to date.

California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine each year!

One out of every eight music festivals in the U.S. is hosted by California.

Fortune cookies, skateboards, Apple computers, Frisbees, blue jeans, and Barbies were all invented in California.

There are enough steel wires in The Golden Gate Bridge’s cables to circle the Earth three-and-a-half times.

California is the only state that’s hosted the Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics.

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8 Great Winter Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

8 Great Winter Travel Nursing Locations

Where will you find YOUR perfect winter wonderland this season?

As they famously say on “Game of Thrones” — Winter is coming. While that may mean epic battles, creepy White Walkers, and dramatic power plays to the fictional characters on the HBO hit show, for Travel Nurses, it just means that now is the perfect time to find your dream job for the winter season!

Whether you’re looking for a home for the holidays or a new start come January 2017, you should start your job search now. Many Travelers take time off around the holidays, so there’s always a mad rush to find a new travel job in early January. The smart move is to steer clear of the rush and increased competition by securing your winter job now.

To help inspire your search, here are 8 great winter locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Winter Sleigh Ride

Vermont is a great place for dashing through the snow, in an awesome Travel Nurse location!

Vermont

The land of Bernie Sanders and Ben & Jerry’s is a great location for Travel Nursing in winter! The modern ski industry was born in Vermont’s Green Mountains and it’s been a hotspot for the winter sport ever since, along with similar seasonal activities like snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, sleigh rides, and cross country skiing. If that’s not your thing, visit one of Vermont’s quirky small cities and browse for antiques, catch a concert, or learn how a few of your favorite things are made — including world-class cheese, ice cream, blown glass, furniture, chocolate, pewter, and more. You can also join an authentic Vermont contra dance, check out one of the state’s 106 covered bridges, and tour one of its many unique micro-breweries. And of course, before winter comes to a close and spring turns The Green Mountain State green again, you can visit one of Vermont’s famous sugarhouses where the sap runs in late winter and the whole scene smells of sweet maple!        

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Grand Canyon in Winter

Beat the cold in Arizona and still enjoy a peacefully snow-dusted Grand Canyon, free from he glut of summer tourists!

Arizona

Folks travel from all over to winter in the warm, inviting Grand Canyon State! There’s an abundance of natural beauty here in stunning spots like Havasu Falls, Antelope Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Monument Valley, Lake Mead, and the magical community of Sedona. While it’s true that most of Arizona stays nice and warm throughout winter, the state also boasts great winter activities — if that’s your thing — at spots like the Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff Nordic Center, and Mount Lemmon Ski Valley. There’s also nothing like seeing the Grand Canyon dusted with snow — not to mention avoiding the hectic crowds of tourists seen in peak season!

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Idaho Winter

Idaho is a hotspot for skiing and other outdoor winter activities!

Idaho

Regardless of the season, Idaho is a state that Travel Nurses are consistently pleasantly surprised by! I can’t tell you how many times a Traveler has told me that their all-time favorite location is in Idaho — and that they never would’ve guessed that until they tried it. Winter is no different, as The Gem State has 18 ski resorts, 7,000+ miles of snowmobile trails, and more than 300 miles of groomed Nordic trails. Warm yourself back up with a soak in one of Idaho’s more than 300+ hot springs. And who needs the New Year’s Eve ball-drop in Times Square when you can witness the famous giant potato drop at the stroke of midnight in Boise!

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Whale Watch Virginia

You’ll have a whale of a good time this winter in Virginia!

Virginia

Just as Virginia is for lovers, Virginia winters are for making great memories! Check into a cozy cabin, hit the slopes, or visit one of the state’s 230+ wineries to get that warm, fuzzy feeling. Virginia Beach is still a hotspot in winter, as it’s a great place to view migrating humpback, fin, and minke whales as they make a break for warmer waters. For more winter wildlife, check out the adorable harbor seals at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Virginia also boasts lots of great history, like First Landing State Park (where the Jamestown colonists landed in 1607) and historic Jamestown, Mount Vernon, Wilderness Road State Park, Colonial Williamsburg, and much more. Warm up and chill out at the famous Jefferson Pools — naturally occurring hot springs famous for the fact that Thomas Jefferson visited in 1818 and loved them so much he didn’t leave for three weeks straight!

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Seattle Skyline Winter

The Evergreen State is a lovely place to spend winter!

Washington

The Evergreen State is an amazing place for winter because of its temperate weather and, just as the state’s nickname indicates, the presence of greenery all year long. Delicious food, seasonal craft beer, and regional wine helps keep you warm through winter, and Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory, a 75-degree greenhouse modeled on London’s Crystal Palace, is perpetually lush with orchids, cacti, and other life-affirming flora. Seattle is an amazing city for foodies, shopaholics, artsy types, sightseers, and sports fans alike — not to mention all the piping-hot coffee you can handle. On the less urban tip, Washington is well-known for its abundance of national parks and natural beauty, including Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, San Juan Islands, Olympic National Park, and the Hoh Rain Forest. For holiday lights lovers, ski enthusiasts, and lovers of all things quaint, a trip to the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth is an absolute must.

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Florida Winter

Snowbirds and freebirds alike will love Florida in the winter!

Florida

Where better to beat the winter blues than The Sunshine State! If you’re the type who’d just as soon pretend it’s still summer, you’ll love Florida’s warm temps, sunshine, and total lack of snow. In fact, Florida has the sunniest winter climate in the eastern U.S. and the highest average January temps in the whole nation! As you completely ignore the fact that winter is even a thing, treat yourself to experiences at famous literal hotspots like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Everglades National Park, Kennedy Space Center, Dry Tortugas National Park, the Florida Keys, Miami Beach, and more!

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Central Park ice rink

Lace up for a fine wintertime adventure in New York!

New York

The Empire State is one of those wonderful all-season locations, but it has an extra special sparkle in winter. In NYC, the season is bookended by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Avenue. If you’re there in December, you can enjoy doing your holiday shopping at some of the world’s best boutiques and department stores, and get even more in the seasonal spirit by taking in The Nutcracker at the famed New York City Ballet. New York has so many indoor adventure opportunities, including world class art and cultural museums, brilliant theater, and amazing food — from fine dining to hole in the wall, that you could spend the whole season indoors and still have a heck of a time. If you prefer to get outdoors, lace up for an adventure at one of the city’s seasonal ice skating rinks, including those hosted in Bryant Park, Van Cortland Park, and Central Park — all of which are also great choices for grabbing a thermos full of warm drink and going on a winter wonderland walk. Want to escape the concrete jungle? Head to the Catskills for a ski getaway!

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Winter in Portsmouth New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a quaint and cozy winter wonderland!

New Hampshire

The Granite State offers the perfect, picturesque Winter Wonderland conditions. It’s a great location for those who embrace winter and it’s many activities like skiing, sleigh rides in the snow, ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, ice skating, dog sledding, and more. That also makes New Hampshire a great location for getting the most out of a cozy fireside snuggle or spa day. If you like mountains but aren’t a fan of skiing, be sure to check out the famous Mount Washington Cog Railway. Gamers and lovers of all things retro will get a kick out of Laconia, New Hampshire’s American Classic Arcade Museum, foodies will find themselves in heaven with the emphasis on local ingredients and northeastern comfort food, and winos will happily cheers the Seacoast Winter Wine Festival — one of New England’s top wine-related gatherings!

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8 Exciting Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

8 Exciting Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Hooray, it’s almost autumn! Where do you want to spend this beautiful fall season? Check out these 8 exciting fall locations for Travel Nursing jobs for inspiration!

I hope that you’re squeezing the last bits of goodness out of summer 2016, with the anticipation of a beautiful new fall season looming on the horizon. As the leaves prepare to change colors, we also prepare to change up our wardrobes and ways — football and fall TV hit the airwaves, sweaters hit the racks, chili hits the stove, pumpkin spice everything hits everywhere you can imagine, and festive fall holidays line up in the distance.

So, where will you spend your leaf peeping, boot wearing, hot cider drinking days this magical fall season? To help inspire you to fall for an awesome location this autumn, we suggest these 8 exciting fall locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Oregon
Oregon in Fall

Oregon is famous for its fiery fall foliage.

The Beaver State is known for colorful fall foliage that spectacularly pops against a background of dark evergreen. From the fiery hues of Portland’s picture-perfect Japanese Gardens to the abundant golden Aspen leaves studding the leash-free hike to Tumalo Falls (that’s right, dog lovers!), fall is one of Oregon’s best looks. Autumn is also a great time to visit the well-known Cannon Beach — AKA the famously rock-studded beach from The Goonies! The harvest is bountiful, the days are sunny, and the nights are crisp — the perfect backdrop for hiking, biking, rafting, camping, fall drives, train rides and other adventures that let you escape the city. Winos will love touring Oregon’s South Willamette Valley wineries and craft beer connoisseurs will appreciate Portland’s Bike and Brew Tour.

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Apple barrel with leaves

Pennsylvania has more fall festivals than you can shake a cinnamon stick at!

Pennsylvania

The Keystone State loves a good fall festival. Get your fall apple fix at the annual Applefest in Franklin or go one step further at Canton’s yearly Apple ‘n Cheese Festival. Celebrate the fungus among us at the annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World.” If you’re hungry for more be sure to check out Philadelphia’s Philly Cheesesteak Festival, a celebration of the cheesy, meaty masterpiece of a sandwich that the City of Brotherly Love is so loved for! While you digest, you can take in historic sites like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Gettysburg Museum and National Cemetery. If art’s your thing, you’ll love the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. Whisk yourself away to the beautiful Poconos and keep New York and other east coast hotspots in mind for future fall getaways!

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Iowa fall road

From Zombie Burger, to Hawkeyes games, to beautiful country drives, Iowa is an iconic fall destination.

Iowa

You may have missed the famous Iowa State Fair, but don’t fret. There are plenty of autumn activities to keep you busy in The Hawkeye State. College football is a popular fall tradition, so you might want to experience a proper tailgate in Ames or Iowa City before cheering the home team to victory. Adventurers will want to make the trek to Iowa’s picturesque outdoor areas, like Waubonsie State Park, Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, Maquoketa Caves State Park, and Pikes Peak State Park. Iowa also boasts a lot of wonderfully quirky destinations, like the Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk in Riverside and West Bend’s Grotto of the Redemption. The Halloween season is the perfect backdrop for visiting the Villisca Axe Murder House, the scene of unsolved murders in the early 1900s and now rumored to be a real-life haunted house. You can also pass the time until “The Walking Dead” returns this fall by dining at the aptly named Zombie Burger restaurant in Des Moines!

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Blue Ridge Parkway Fall

Virginia is for *fall* lovers who’d be in heaven driving the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in autumn.

Virginia

You know what they say, “Virginia is for Lovers.” Fall lovers that is! Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and experience one of the most beautiful autumn drives in the nation. Other leaf-peeping opportunities abound at Shenandoah National Park, Back of the Dragon (Route 16), Smith Mountain Lake, Big Walker Lookout, Breaks Interstate Park, and many other beautiful locations. History buffs will be in heaven with sites like Mount Vernon, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery, Historic Jamestown and Williamsburg, and a wealth of awesome museums. Coastal Virginia offers still-warm sand as fall begins, sailing, fresh seafood, and views of migrating birds. Ghost tours, corn mazes, fall wine festivals, and pumpkin patches round out the fun fall activities in this multi-faceted state.

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Dawn in the Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA.

Wake up to gorgeous Tennessee sights like the Smoky Mountains in fall!

Tennessee

The Volunteer State is famous for vibrant fall hues throughout the Great Smoky Mountains, that eventually give way to mild winters. Music-lovers can take in a show at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry or explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum there. Fans of the “Smoky Mountain Songbird” AKA “Backwoods Barbie” AKA Dolly Parton, will definitely want to make the trip to Pigeon Forge for a visit to Dollywood. Over in Memphis, audiophiles can make the famous pilgrimage to Elvis Presley’s home-turned-museum, Graceland, and catch some current tunes down on Beale Street. Speaking of Memphis, Tennessee is home to some of the country’s best barbecue, which comes in traditional form like ribs, brisket, and pulled pork but also branches out to incorporate barbecue pizza, nachos, and spaghetti!

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Bixby Creek Bridge on Highway #1 at the US West Coast traveling south to Los Angeles

California has a bit of everything for everyone in the fall.

California

While California is truly an all-season champ of a state, it’s still no slouch when it comes to fall colors. In fact, because of the state’s geographic diversity, various parts of Cali see fall colors from August all the way through December! Fall in The Golden State brings an abundant harvest, so there are tons of great food festivals celebrating delicious delights like apples, avocados, eggplant, olives, pumpkins, almonds, grapes, and more. Speaking of grapes, a fall trip to Napa is always a great way to check out the winemaking experience in its full, harvest swing. Napa Valley is also known for some of California’s most colorful fall foliage from late September to late November. The fall weather in southern California is beautifully mild and all the hotspots like Los Angeles and San Diego beckon year-round. If you’re the type that’s not into a traditional fall, make like a local and hit up San Diego’s less-crowded beaches all the way into October!

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"Atlanta skyline from Piedmont park. Anonymous people playing frisbee. Shallow depth of field focusing on tree in the foreground, keeping people anonymous."

If Georgia’s on your mind, you’re in for a spectacular fall season!

Georgia      

You’ll want to make it down to The Peach State in time for its famous annual Oktoberfest in the adorably picturesque Bavarian town of Helen. Foodies will be in heaven at events like October’s Taste of Atlanta and November’s Savannah Food and Wine Festival. A milder climate allows for great weather for hiking and biking in the beautiful Georgia Mountains, and, speaking of mountains, the popular, multi-faceted Stone Mountain Park hosts events and has select activities open throughout fall! Sports fans enjoying a fall assignment in Atlanta can watch the Braves wind down their season and the Falcons wind theirs up! There’s also a wealth of shopping, museums, dining, and sights to explore in Atlanta. Fall is also the perfect backdrop for another fabulous Georgia city, Savannah, which is said to be chock-full of haunted places and offers ample ghost tours!

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harvested pumpkins in wagon

Texas is a great state to get your fall pumpkin and football fix while also enjoying warm temps!

Texas

The Lone Star State is a vast playground to explore and fall is a great time to enjoy perfect Texas temps in the high 70s/low 80s. Perhaps no state is more into its football than Texas, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to catch some games — whether that’s under the local high school’s Friday Night Lights, watching one of the state’s many division one college teams, or even catching the big league Dallas Cowboys on their home turf. You may be living like a local, but don’t be shy to get your tourist time on at one of Texas’ many historic, beautiful, or otherwise significant sites like the Alamo, San Antonio Riverwalk, Six Flags, Houston Space Center, Padre Island, Austin’s many music districts, and much, much more!

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5 Fantastic Summer Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

Summer Travel Nurse

Where will summer 2016 take you? Check out these 5 fantastic summer locations for Travel Nursing jobs!

Ahhh, summer! One small word with a myriad of magical possibilities.  Where will your summer adventures take you? With so many great Travel Nursing jobs from coast to coast, the answer might just surprise you. Read on to discover Medical Solutions’ top 5 fantastic summer locations for Travel Nurses.

North Carolina Mountain

Gorgeous beaches, majestic mountains, and vibrant vineyards make North Carolina summers stand out.

North Carolina

Sandy beaches, award-winning vineyards, and mountain views make North Carolina the perfect summer escape. Along the sandy beaches of the Crystal Coast, you’ll discover pirate shipwrecks, watch wild horses race, and climb lighthouses near Cape Lookout. With more than 400 vineyards across the state, don’t forget to tour the wine trails in the Yadkin Valley. Savor the different flavors of wine while drinking in the mountain scenery.

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Massachusetts

Boston Boating

Spend your Massachusetts summer boating, whale watching, touring historic places, cheering at a Red Sox game, and so much more!

The birthplace of the American Revolution is also an awesome getaway for weekend warriors. Massachusetts is one of the top 10 whale watching spots in the world, so you can experience a close encounter with one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures in Cape Cod or Boston. In the heart of Johnny Appleseed Country, Leominster State Forest provides an ideal haven for rock-climbing and trail-hiking enthusiasts. For all you history buffs, Boston is also full of historical tours and breweries. Sam Adams, anyone?

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Wisconsin kayaking

Cool off this summer in one of Wisconsin’s many lakes! The Badger State also hosts many summer music fests and offers tons of scenic views.

Wisconsin

During the summer months, Wisconsin really knows how to rock with more than 25 outdoor music festivals. There’s nothing better than enjoying an awesome concert on a hot day with a cold drink in hand. Plus, with such an array of music fest choices, you’re sure to find one that floats your boat. Speaking of boats, Wisconsin is also known for its 15,000 lakes and ample water park attractions. It’s a hotspot for kayaking, tubing, boating, fishing, swimming, or, if you prefer kicking back to kicking it into high gear, lazily sunning yourself on the dock or shore. Wisconsin’s natural beauty also shines in the summer with state parks like Copper Falls State Park, and the awe-inspiring rock formations at Devil’s Lake State Park.

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North Dakota Rodeo

North Dakota offers country appeal, scenic gems, and peaceful wide open spaces.

North Dakota

North Dakota promises its visitors their experience there will be legendary, and it doesn’t disappoint. For an example, look no further than the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway. Listed on National Geographic’s Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways, this 63-mile winding road runs alongside the Sheyenne River with breathtaking views. In addition to nature and scenery at its best, recreation, history, and culture are all found along this byway. In fact, the legends of the American West are at the heart of North Dakota culture. Stop by the United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck to soak up a Native American cultural celebration, or cowboy up at the Fort Ransom Fourth of July Rodeo. Boots and cowboy hats aren’t mandatory, but you won’t look out of place if you wear them.

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Golden Gate California

San Francisco’s not the only treat California has to offer! Enjoy the Golden State’s stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, and city centers hotspots like LA, San Diego, The Bay Area, and so many more.

California

Isn’t living in California (even temporarily) on everyone’s bucket list? There’s a reason California is a popular Travel Nursing destination; there’s so much to see and do. You could learn how to surf in the ocean one day, and then walk amongst the impressive redwoods in the Redwood National Park the next day. California also offers the best of both urban and rural settings, with tons of great city perks like the arts, concerts, shopping, pro sports, dining, and more as well as an abundance of picturesque towns. What are you waiting for? California is the perfect place for a summer adventure!

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Did these 5 fantastic summer locations for Travel Nursing Jobs skip over your desired destination? Not to worry — there are plenty of great jobs across the nation to choose from!

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