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5 Things You Need to Do to Become a Travel Nurse

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Learn the 5 things you need to do to become a travel nurse and get on your new career path now!

By Kerrey Brennan

Being a nurse is one of the noblest and rewarding jobs one can pursue. And becoming a travel nurse means you get to follow your passion to help others while also traveling and experiencing different cities and states across the nation. The demand for travel nurses is higher than ever. But the big question is, where do you start?

In this blog, we’ll discuss what you need to do to become a travel nurse — everything from getting your nursing degree to choosing the perfect travel nurse agency and getting your first travel job. Follow these steps and, at the end of the road, you’ll have an exciting career as a travel nurse. You’ll get to go on temporary assignments that can last anywhere between 13 to 26 weeks at a time. You’ll also be able to learn new techniques and try different specialties along the way.

Here are 5 things you need to do to become a travel nurse:

1. Earn Your Degree in Nursing

Your first step is to become a registered nurse (RN). To do this, you need to earn either an Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN/AND) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). It typically takes two to three years to acquire an ASN/AND degree. This degree offers a combination of classroom lectures and clinical rotations. A BSN, on the other hand, is a four-year program. While it too offers a combination of classroom lectures and clinical rotations, it also prepares RNs for jobs in leadership roles. Whichever educational path you choose, both of these degrees will make you eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. And that’s your next step toward becoming a travel nurse.

2. Pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)

Once you’ve earned your degree, you need to get your RN or LPN license. To do that, you have to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination, designed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). This exam will test your basic understanding and knowledge of nursing and will determine whether or not it is safe for you to begin practicing as an entry-level nurse. To take this exam, you must apply for a nursing license in the state in which you plan to work.

3. Gain Working Experience as a Registered Nurse

Now that you have your degree and your license to practice, it’s time to get some experience under your belt. Before becoming a travel nurse, you’ll need at least one year of permanent nursing experience at a hospital or other type of healthcare facility. This is when you can/should determine the specialty that interests you the most. Choosing a specialty in a high-demand area is a great way for you to more easily get a job as a travel nurse. This includes emergency room, ICU, labor and delivery, OR, telemetry, and much more.

4. Consider Professional Development Opportunities and Volunteer Work

Once you’ve had at least a year’s worth of experience as a practicing nurse, you are an eligible candidate for becoming a travel nurse. But, to get an edge over other candidates, there are some additional things you can do to make you more in demand.

For starters, the more facilities you work in, the more appealing you are. Travel nurses must quickly adapt to new hospitals and medical facilities, so if you can show that you’re capable of that, your travel nurse resume will stand out. A great way to do this without hopping from job to job regularly is to take advantage of professional development opportunities and resources.

Another way to stand out is to volunteer. Consider devoting your spare time to assisting underprivileged areas. This can mean exploring local opportunities or even traveling abroad and will help the healthcare industry combat nurse burnout. Both will help you gain valuable experience and show potential employers that you are capable of working with people from different backgrounds.

5. Find a Travel Nursing Agency

Once you’ve acquired your degree, your license, and you’ve got a good deal of on-site experience, it’s time to find your first job as a travel nurse. To make that happen, you now want to find a company that offers the benefits you desire, access to plenty of jobs to choose from, and a recruiter you can trust. To toot our own horn a bit, at Medical Solutions we work for you and in service of your career goals. With hospitals and healthcare facility connections nationwide, we help travelers find great travel nursing opportunities according to their desired location and specialty. Our recruiters are the best in the business because they focus on building a genuine relationship with each of their travelers. We also offer great pay, industry-leading benefits, and can assist with housing and relocation arrangements — anything to make the transition from assignment to assignment as smooth as possible.

As you can see, the path to travel nursing is not an easy one, nor is it a fast process. But it is certainly gratifying, and it’s a great way to ensure you’re in a profession that is always in demand — wherever your work may take you.


Six Spring-tastic Spots for Healthcare Travel Jobs

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Spring into action and find your next healthcare travel job opportunity!

There’s a season for just about everything, and job hunting is no exception. In fact, spring might be the best time of year to find a new job, according to Glassdoor. If you’ve got spring fever and are looking for that next great opportunity, consider the following top spring locations for healthcare travel jobs:

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Enjoy warm weather, bluebonnets, and outdoor festivals during your Texas spring!

Texas: The Lone Star State is wonderful year-round, but spring is an exceptional time to visit. For starters, the weather is practically perfect, bluebonnets are blooming, and outdoor festivals are in full swing. Stop by the capital city of Austin, shop and dine along the San Antonio River Walk, and remember the Alamo as you embrace Texas in the spring. You can learn more about The Lone Star State in our Texas State Spotlight.

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Drink in the beautiful California landscape as you savor a glass of wine.

California: The Golden State’s sandy beaches, majestic mountains, famous redwood forests, and rolling vineyards make Cali a dream destination for many traveling healthcare professionals. Strict staffing laws and big-city populations also mean there are tons of job opportunities here. Check out our California State Spotlight to learn more about The Golden State.

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Take a New York minute to stop and smell the flowers in Central Park.

New York: New York has plenty of job opportunities for the traveling healthcare professional, and it’s also the perfect place for spring activities. Fall in love with the outdoors as you tour the beautiful upstate region—behold Niagara Falls, explore the hiking trails of the famed Adirondacks, or jump into the Finger Lakes. And it almost goes without saying that the Big Apple has all the delights of a world-famous city: Broadway, museums, shopping, and dining experiences galore! Learn more about the Empire State in our New York State Spotlight.

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Enjoy scenic desert views, Southwestern cuisine, shopping, golfing, and more in Arizona this spring.

Arizona: This spring list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Arizona. From pro sports and hiking to shopping and sightseeing, Arizona has it all. Plus, there are tons of open jobs for traveling healthcare professionals here, thanks to the state’s sizeable snowbird population. Arizona is a walk-through state, a NURSYS state, and a compact state. You can learn more about the Grand Canyon State in our Arizona State Spotlight.

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Spring is the perfect time to explore the sandy beaches in North Carolina!

North Carolina: Searching for the ultimate spring assignment? Look no further than North Carolina. With mountains to the west and beaches to the east, the state offers plenty of outdoor fun on your days off. As for urban adventures, you can enjoy a shopping trip in Charlotte, catch a Bulls baseball game in Durham, or grab a beer at one of several awesome breweries across the state. After all, April in North Carolina is Beer Month. Learn more about the Tar Heel State in our North Carolina State Spotlight.

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Watch the spring season unfold in Boston’s public gardens.

Massachusetts: From antique shopping to rock climbing, the Bay State offers visitors tons of diverse experiences suitable for spring. Catch a whale-watching tour near historic Plymouth Rock, stroll along Boston’s famous Freedom Trail, visit the witchy town of Salem, or hike the trails around the Berkshires. Learn more about The Bay State in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

Click here to find healthcare travel jobs in Massachusetts!

Longing to go somewhere else this spring? Click here to explore all of our travel nurse, allied health, and other healthcare travel jobs!


State Spotlight: New Mexico

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Check out the brilliant red rock formations in northern New Mexico on your next assignment!

If traveling more was one of your New Year’s resolutions, then you’re in luck! This month’s State Spotlight takes us to notable New Mexico. The Land of Enchantment is known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. Read on to learn why New Mexico should be on your list for your next travel assignment!

Travel Nursing in New Mexico

Travel nurses have lots of opportunities to work and play in this beautiful Southwestern state. New Mexico is home to about 54 hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019/2020 Best Hospitals list. That includes the Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is rated “High Performing” in four adult procedures/conditions. Other top hospitals in New Mexico include Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna Hospital in Acoma and Advanced Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico Medical Center in Las Cruces. Plus, the best places to live in New Mexico are Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Las Cruces, according to

As for licensures, New Mexico is not a walk-through state; however, it is a compact and NURSYS state.

New Mexico Fast Facts

State Nickname: “Land of Enchantment”

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Capital: Santa Fe

Largest City: Albuquerque

National Parks: 3

National Forests: 7

State Parks: 32

State Motto: Crescit eundo (It grows as it goes)

State Flower: Yucca

State Tree: Piñon

State Animal: Black Bear

State Song: “O Fair New Mexico”

In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state to join the Union.

At 7,199 feet above sea level, Santa Fe is the highest state capital in the nation.

New Mexico has more PhDs per capita than any other state.

More than one-third of the land in New Mexico is protected by the federal government.

On July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb exploded in the Jornada del Muerto desert in south-central New Mexico.

Roswell, New Mexico is famous as the site of an alleged 1947 UFO crash.

It is illegal in New Mexico to dance while wearing a sombrero.

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Colorful hot air balloons soar above Albuquerque every year during the International Balloon Fiesta.

New Mexico is home to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.

Famous people from New Mexico include Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Hilton hotel owner Conrad Hilton, actress Demi Moore, actor Val Kilmer, actor Neil Patrick Harris, singer/actress Demi Lovato, singer/songwriter John Denver, animator William Hanna, and artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

To Do & See in New Mexico

With plenty of picturesque views, it’s no wonder New Mexico is called “The Land of Enchantment.” Plus, the state is known for its comfortable weather and minimal rainfall, which means instant success for any outdoorsy excursions. Spend a day exploring the famous Glia Cliff Dwellings, once the home of the Tularosa Mogollon families. Other must-see spots include visiting the impressive Carlsbad Caverns and admiring the gorgeous views at White Sands National Park.

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Santa Fe is known for its art galleries, southwestern food, and scenic beauty.

For big-city adventures, look no further than Santa Fe. As the country’s third-largest art market, this gem of a city has been a favorite among art lovers for years. It’s also recently been recognized as one of the top travel destinations for 2020 by Conde Nast Traveler, and it’s easy to see why. You can relax and unwind in one of Santa Fe’s many celebrated spas, ski or hike around the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains, browse among the shops in the Santa Fe Plaza, or enjoy the sights and sounds at the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera House.

Plus, don’t forget to sample some of the state’s authentic Southwestern cuisine. The chile pepper is king here, so if you want to eat like a local, try the famous green chile cheeseburger, a bowl of posole, or a plate of red chile pork tamales.

Ready for your adventure to novel New Mexico?! Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in New Mexico! Or, search all jobs here.


4 Ways to Boost Your Travel Nurse Resume

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Great resumes tell a story. What does your resume say about you?

First impressions are everything when it comes to the travel nurse job hunt. And like it or not, your resume is a hiring manager’s first impression of you. So, how can you take your travel nurse resume to the next level? Consider the following four ways you can boost your resume and stand out from the crowd: 

Find the right template for you: A quick Google search will show you there are countless resume templates out there. So, that begs the question, which one is the best fit for you? Luckily, there is no right or wrong answer here. Just make sure the format of your resume is clean, well-structured, and detailed. Bonus tip: Most hiring managers skim resumes, so make sure yours is easy to read. 

Modify your resume to the job: In this digital age of SEO and algorithms, you should tailor your resume to the job for which you are applying. Remember to strategically sprinkle a few keywords throughout your resume. If you are unsure which keywords to use, let the job description be your guide.

Use action verbs to highlight your skills: At its most basic, a resume is simply a summary of your professional skills and experience, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. Instead, your resume should tell your story and showcase your personality. Fortunately, action verbs can help you do just that and make your resume shine. Need a little inspiration? Here’s a great list of action verbs for you.

Proofread, proofread, proofread: You need grammar mistakes on your resume like you need a HIPPA violation. These preventable errors make you look sloppy — and could be the reason you aren’t getting your dream job. Avoid potential grammar gaffes and ask someone to review your resume before you hit send.

What other resume-building tips have you learned while travel nursing? Let us know in the comments below!


Top 7 Winter Locations for Healthcare Travel Jobs

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Where are you headed next, healthcare traveler? Consider one of these top 7 winter locations for healthcare travel jobs!

As winter’s chill settles in and we count down to 2020, now is a great time to pick your next destination for a fantastic healthcare travel job. Do you want to flee to somewhere warmer or travel to a place where you can truly enjoy the season of frosty festivities? However you choose to experience the season, we hope these top 7 winter locations for healthcare travel jobs get you excited for and brainstorming about your next gig!


Connecticut is a great choice if you’re seeking a picturesque New England winter. There’s a reason Christmas in Connecticut is an iconic, classic film — and that’s because this beautiful state looks so fine draped in snow and winter magic. There are plenty of places here for great skiing and snowboarding, for those who like to get out in the powder. For those who prefer to stay indoors, this state’s rich arts and history scenes mean tons of great museums to explore.  

Learn more about charming Connecticut in our Connecticut State Spotlight.

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There’s no better place to beat the winter blues than The Sunshine State! For those who’d prefer to skip winter, 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!

Learn more about fabulous Florida in our Florida State Spotlight.

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An assignment in The Golden State is on many a healthcare traveler’s to-do list. Kick off 2020 right in this gorgeous state with diverse landscapes including beaches, forests, prairies, deserts, and mountains. In Cali, you really can have it all, from theme parks to wine country, Hollywood to the redwoods, beaches to ski slopes, and so much more.  

Learn more about The Golden State in our California State Spotlight.

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The Copper State is dreamy for a winter assignment whether you’re in it for mild weather or for the skiing. That’s right, Arizona is known not just for its year-round warm temps, brilliant deserts, national parks, and exciting cities. It also boasts great skiing for winter lovers at resorts in Flagstaff and Alpine. There’s also nothing like seeing the Grand Canyon dusted with snow — not to mention avoiding the hectic crowds of tourists seen in the peak summer season!

Learn more about amazing Arizona in our Arizona State Spotlight.

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If you prefer to fly south for winter, you might just want to mess with Texas! The Lone Star state stays comfortably warm throughout winter and has tons for travelers to see and do in both rural and urban spaces. There’s the Alamo, wonderfully weird Austin, the San Antonio boardwalk, Houston Space Center, Padre Island, and tons more. Texas is known for great shopping, dining, pro sports, museums, history, and so much more!

Learn more about The Lone Star State in our Texas State Spotlight.

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New York

From quaint upstate New York to The Big Apple, The Empire State is truly an. All-season wonderland. You can ski the Catskills, shop the after-Christmas sales, go ice skating in Bryant Park or Central Park, explore the state’s many museums and tourist attractions, take in a Broadway show, warm up with world-class cuisine, try cross-country skiing or snow-kiting, visit Winter Olympics venues in Lake Placid, and so much more in this gorgeous, versatile state.   

Learn more about The Empire State in our New York State Spotlight.

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The Evergreen State is a great place to winter for those who don’t like extreme temps and who love to see greenery year-round. Even in winter, Washington is an outdoorsy person’s dream, with ample opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, whale watching, and just plain ol’ gawking at the splendor of nature in famous places like Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, Colombia River Gorge, and so many more. Places like Seattle are also wonderful for lovers of great coffee, craft beer, art, culture, food, shopping, and more.

Learn more about wonderful Washington in our Washington State Spotlight.

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Got your heart set on another location for your winter assignment? Click here to explore all of our travel nurse, allied health, and other healthcare travel jobs!


State Spotlight: Connecticut

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Get connected with an amazing travel nursing or other healthcare travel job in charming Connecticut!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to charming Connecticut! The Constitution State is known for its quaint seaside villages and rural areas, rich history, easy access to NYC and other east coast hotspots, overall New England charm, and so much more. There are also tons of great travel nurse, allied, and other travel healthcare jobs in this cool state. Read on to learn more about why you should get connected with a great travel healthcare gig in Connecticut!  

Travel Nursing in Connecticut

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Connecticut is a lovely place for a travel nursing or other travel healthcare assignment. In The Constitution State you’ll have plenty to do and see on your days off while you simultaneously build your skills and resume at work.

Connecticut is home to about 42 hospitals — according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019/2020 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Connecticut hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, which is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and nine pediatric specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one additional adult specialty and nine procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top three overall best hospitals in Connecticut are Hartford Hospital in Hartford and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.   

U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best States” ranked Connecticut #21 overall, as well as #3 for health care and #6 for natural environment. According to, some of the best places to live in Connecticut include Stamford, Weston, Westport, Bridgeport, New Haven, and Greenwich.

As for licensing, Connecticut is not currently a walk-through state or a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state. Click here for more, up to date info on licensing in Connecticut.

Connecticut Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Constitution State (or sometimes, The Nutmeg State)

Capital: Hartford

Largest City: Bridgeport

National Parks: 2

State Parks: 54

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 68

State Motto: “Qui Transtulit Sustinet,” which means “He Who Transplanted Still Sustains”

State Flower: Mountain Laurel

State Tree: The Charter Oak

State Animal: Sperm Whale

State Song: Yankee Doodle

State Cantata: The Nutmeg: Homeland of Liberty

Connecticut was the fifth state and one of the original 13 colonies.

Famed businessman and circus visionary P.T. Barnum is one of the state’s most famous residents. Today you can visit the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport to learn his story.     

Native Americans who lived in what is now Connecticut were largely of the Algonquian Indian family.

The global sandwich shop chain Subway started humbly as Pete’s Subway in Bridgeport in 1965.

The first telephone book — which featured a scant 50 listings — was created in New Haven in 1878.

Connecticut’s Hartford Courant launched in 1764 and is the country’s oldest continuously published newspaper. For perspective on this, George Washington once placed ads in the paper to rent out part of Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson once sued them for libel! (Jefferson lost that suit, by the way.)

Connecticut was one of two states (the other being Rhode Island) that never ratified the 18th Amendment which outlined Prohibition. Party on, CT!

In 1809, South Killingly, Connecticut’s Mary Kies was the first woman to receive a U.S. patent.  

The nation’s first automobile law was passed at the state level in Connecticut in 1901 — it set the speed limit at 12 miles per hour.

The frisbee, cotton gin, Colt .45, can opener, portable typewriter, submarine, vulcanized rubber, ESPN, hamburger, Polaroid cameras, helicopter, lollipops, vacuum cleaner, anesthesia, speed limit laws, and color television were all invented in Connecticut.

The World Wrestling Federation is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

Connecticut was the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars in 1937. 

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Connecticut include Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Lloyd, George W. Bush, Michael Bolton, Suzanne Collins, Justin Long, Annie Leibovitz, Meg Ryan, Glenn Close, John Mayer, Karen Carpenter, Ernest Borgnine, Ralph Nader, Paul Giamatti, Seth MacFarlane, P.T. Barnum, Mark McGrath, and Betsey Johnson.     

Noah Webster, author of the first American dictionary published in 1807, was born in West Hartford, Connecticut.

PEZ Candy is manufactured in Orange, Connecticut.

Yale University is ranked as one of the world’s greatest and wealthiest universities.

Cattle branding actually started in Connecticut when farmers were required by law to mark their pigs.

Famous traitor Benedict Arnold was born in Norwich, Connecticut.

To Do & See in Connecticut

The Constitution State may be small in size, but it offers travel nurses and other travel healthcare professionals a bounty of great places to live, work, and play! Connecticut offers seaside splendor, cool city centers, and beautiful countryside spaces, as well as historical attractions, outdoorsy opportunities, great cuisine, and cool culture — making it a lovely place to for your next travel healthcare adventure. 

For city lovers, The Constitution State’s largest cities include Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, and Stamford. But even as the state’s largest city, Bridgeport’s population hovers just under 150k, so it’s a great state for those who prefer small towns and humbly sized cities. (But don’t worry city mice — when you’re in Connecticut you’re never too far from a grand metropolis like NYC and Boston.)

Bridgeport is a historic seaport city where you can explore Seaside Park, Beardsley Zoo, The Barnum Museum, The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, and tons more. New Haven is another fun coastal city to explore and it’s famously the home of Ivy League Yale University. Yale, which was founded in 1701, is a really cool, historic campus to explore, and you’ll also want to check out the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Speaking of history, as the fifth state and one of the original 13 colonies, Connecticut has a ton of interesting historical sites to explore. There’s the Goodspeed Opera House, Mark Twain House and Museum, Gillette Castle State Park, Fort Trumbull State Park, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Olde Mistick Village, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Stonington Lighthouse Center, Castle Craig, and tons more throughout Connecticut’s urban and rural areas.

Connecticut was also heavily featured in two very seminal cultural artifacts: the movie Mystic Pizza and the TV show “Gilmore Girls.” Mystic Pizza, starring Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Matt Damon, Annabeth Gish, and Vincent D’Onofrio, was shot largely in Mystic, Stonington, and Groton Connecticut. While the movie came out in 1988, tourists continue to flock to Mystic, Connecticut and the real-life Mystic Pizza restaurant that inspired the movie for their very own “slice of heaven.” And for “Gilmore Girls” fans, while the idyllic Stars Hollow is sadly a fictional town, it was also heavily inspired by real-life Connecticut charm. Showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino was staying at the Mayflower Grace Inn in Washington, Connecticut when she was inspired to create Stars Hollow in its image. Of course, Lorelai and Rory could also often be found downing coffee and chatting feverishly in Hartford and New Haven.         

Hungry from all this history and pop culture? Connecticut’s cuisine will have you licking your chops. From tiny cafes and diners to fine dining foodie hotspots, Connecticut offers a little bit of everything. With its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Connecticut is definitely known for its seafood, including its iconic white clam pizza.While on assignment in Connecticut you can enjoy other iconic faves like steamed cheeseburgers, homemade ice cream and donuts, hot dogs, apple cider, hot lobster rolls, New Haven-style pizza, grinders and sub sandwiches, shad (the state fish) and shad bake, kettle chips, steamer clams, cod and clambakes, historic Yankee fare, and more.Wash it all down with a Foxon Park Soda and you’ll be living like a true Connecticuter!

Ready for your adventure to charming Connecticut?! Search jobs now to find your dream Travel Nurse job in Connecticut! Or, search all jobs here.


Six Fabulous Fall Locations for Travel Nurses!

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Get ready for a fantastic season in one of the six fabulous fall locations for Travel Nurses!

That fantastic fall feeling is setting across the country. This magical season comes with cozy cardigans, colorful leaves crunching underfoot, caramel apples, hot beverages, jack-o’-lanterns on the porch, soup on the stove, football and fall premieres on the TV, and more pumpkin-flavored delights than you can shake a cinnamon stick at!

So, where would you like to spend this gorgeous, transformative season? Travel RNs, Allied Health Professionals, and Long-term Acute Care Nurses have all kinds of opportunities through Medical Solutions to connect with the perfect gig for autumn. In that spirit, please consider these six spectacular fall locations for travel nursing jobs!


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Fall foliage in the beautiful Berkshires region of Massachusetts!

Massachusetts is especially known for its spectacular fall colors. From beautiful, historic Boston to the famous autumn colors of the Berkshires, fall assignments in Massachusetts are a perfect way to experience a magical New England fall! Explore colorful cranberry bogs throughout the Cape Ann region and see the gorgeous peaks of the Berkshire Mountains decorated in its fall best with colorful Sugar Maples and all kinds of other magnificent fall foliage. Moderate fall temperatures are perfect for exploring Boston’s famous Freedom Trail, plus the city’s iconic harbor, historic architecture, and many amazing restaurants. In the mood for a fun day trip? October is a great time to hop up to Salem and explore the spooky city responsible for the Salem Witch Trials. Learn more about The Bay State here in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

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A gorgeous stretch of road between horse farms in rural Kentucky.

The beautiful Bluegrass State is about 47 percent forested with some 175 different tree species, making it one of the nation’s most gorgeous locations to explore fall colors! The Daniel Boone National Forest, Red River Gorge, Wilderness Road Heritage Highway, and the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway are each wonderful routes for leaf-peeping drives. If you don’t feel like driving, hop on Kentucky’s South Fork Scenic Railway, sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. Even cities like Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, and others are fabulous for fall, with their classic, tree-lined streets and plenty more to do, see, and enjoy!

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Washington produces the most apples of any state!

Washington — with its timeless penchant for flannel — really knows how to do a fantastic fall! Seattle is dubbed the Emerald City because of its year-round penchant for green, and it stays pretty mild temperature-wise there during autumn. Visit the original Starbucks for your caffeine fix, explore the famous Pike Place Market, and take a ferry ride to beautiful Bainbridge Island — all with that iconic view of magnificent Mount Rainier in the background. In Washington, you’re never too far from a fun day trip like a pumpkin patch excursion, an apple orchard visit, or for a fun fall hike. Gorgeous fall colors abound on drives like the North Cascades Highway, Mount Rainier Loop, and Mount Baker Highway. Learn more about The Evergreen State here in our Washington State Spotlight

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Golden aspens delight in colorful Colorado!

Colorado falls are famous for their gorgeous, golden aspens. Aspen, Estes Park, and Crested Butte are a few popular places to peep those colorful leaves and many other hues. Estes Park is also a must-do to experience otherworldly elk bugling as mating season begins in Rocky Mountain National Park. Plus, there is truly no better time than spooky September and ominous October to visit the famously haunted historic Stanley Hotel, which inspired the setting of Stephen King’s The Shining. Colorado’s many scenic byways dazzle with fall colors across the state, so you really can’t go wrong here — and, skiers and winter-lovers might want to start an assignment in the Centennial State in fall and extend through winter! Learn more about colorful Colorado here in our Colorado State Spotlight.

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New York

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Ah, to experience autumn in New York!

The Empire State is a fantastic jumping-off point for exploring famous New England fall foliage. The Big Apple is famous for its fall beauty, with gorgeous colors popping off throughout Central Park, and tons of history, theater, arts, dining, shopping, and sports to experience in mild fall weather. Upstate, places like Lake George, Lake Otsego, Glimmerglass State Park, and The Adirondacks are known for great traditional fall activities, like scenic hikes and drives, orchards, pumpkin patches, hayrack rides, and tons more. Pay tribute to the waning days of the 2019 baseball season with a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Learn more about The Empire State here in our New York State Spotlight.

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The Ozarks are even prettier (and less crowded!) in the fall.

The Midwest is a wonderful place to be in the fall and Missouri is proof positive of that fact! The Show-Me State has many adventures in store for Travelers, plus a lots of great job opportunities. Enjoy some jazz and BBQ in KC. Admire the Arch, catch feelings for blues music, and sip on regional craft beer in St. Louis. Both of Missouri’s largest city centers also have great pro sports teams, delectable dining, exciting art, and great shopping. Don’t forget the sprawling Ozarks and lovably kitschy Branson! In fact, many people say the Ozark Hills around the Lake of the Ozarks are at their prettiest when sparkling with gold and maroon leaves. Hike or horseback ride through the beautiful hills, camp out, or enjoy the colors from a boat! Learn more here in our Missouri State Spotlight.

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Wherever you land, we wish a fabulous fall and hope we can help make it even better by connecting you with a great gig. If you’ve got your heart set on another location for fall, click here to search all Travel Nurse, Allied Health Professional, and Long-term Care jobs now!


State Spotlight: Wyoming

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Go West, Travel Nurses! The Grand Teton Mountains are calling you.

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to wonderful Wyoming. The Equality State is perhaps best known for its natural beauty. Those stunning landscapes provide the perfect setting for Travel Nurses to expand their personal and professional horizons. Read on to learn why you should consider Wyoming for your next Travel Nursing assignment!

Travel Nursing in Wyoming:

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There are approximately 31 hospitals in Wyoming, with several ranking high on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Hospitals list. According to the publication, the top three hospitals in Wyoming are Aspen Mountain Medical Center in Rock Springs, Campbell County Health in Gillette, and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne. According to, Wyoming’s hospitals employ nearly 9,000 people and contribute more than $45 million to the state’s economy.

In terms of licensing, Wyoming is both a compact state and a NURSYS state. However, it is not a walk-through state. To learn more about the Equality State’s licensure requirements, you can click here.

Wyoming Fast Facts:

State Nickname: The Equality State

Capital: Cheyenne

Largest City: Cheyenne

National Parks: 7

State Parks: 12

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Wyoming’s cowboy culture lives on in annual events, like the rodeo.

State Motto: “Equal Rights.”

State Flower: Wyoming Indian paintbrush

State Tree: Plains cottonwood

State Bird: Western meadowlark

State Rock: Nephrite jade

Congress declared Wyoming the 44th state on July 10, 1890.

Wyoming’s nickname stems from the fact that it was the first state to give women the right to vote and the first to elect a female governor.

The state is the 10th largest by area and the least populous.

Wyoming’s official state sport is the rodeo.

Famous people from or with Wyoming connections include Former Vice President Dick Cheney, actor Harrison Ford, actor Matthew Fox, author Patricia MacLachlan, writer E. Annie Proulx, singer/songwriter Scott Avett, and country music singer Chris LaDoux.

To Do & See in Wyoming

Thanks in large part to the state’s seven national parks, millions of tourists discover Wyoming’s charms every year. Yellowstone National Park, arguably the state’s most popular attraction, is home to the iconic geyser Old Faithful and the largest hot spring in the U.S. Yellowstone is also a hotspot for wildlife. If you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of bison, elk, eagles, wolves, or even grizzly bears in Lamar Valley, located near the park’s northeast entrance.

Close to Yellowstone is the Grand Teton National Park, which includes the Teton mountain range, the Grand Teton peak, and the valley known as Jackson Hole. From mountain-climbing, hiking, and camping, to fly-fishing, kayaking, and sightseeing, it’s no wonder the Grand Teton National Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The best time to visit is from mid-May to late September, according to the U.S. News Travel Guide. However, the winter months can be just as fun — you can hit the slopes here at several skiing resorts or soak your cares away in the nearby Granite Hot Springs. 

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Sunset at Devil’s Tower in Wyoming is a sight to behold!

Devils Tower National Park should also be on your must-see list during your Wyoming assignment. Considered sacred to many Northern Plains Tribes, the Devils Tower is a rock formation that rises 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. President Theodore Roosevelt declared this geological wonder the first national monument in 1906. In the summer, you can set up camp for a night or two within the park grounds, take a hike, or even climb the impressive Devils Tower. Plus, if you visit during the first full week of August, you’ll be able to experience the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally up close — Devils Tower is one of the stops on this famous motorcycle journey.

If you want a taste of the real Wild West, Wyoming is the place to be. Prime rib, country fried steak, and trout are all on the menu here year-round. Soda bread (a pioneer-days staple), Wyomatoes (a deliciously sweet tomato), Rocky Mountain oysters, and morels are also high on the list of fun treats for visitors and locals alike. After tasting these wonderful Wyoming specialties, you can wash it all down with an old-fashioned soda or a Boiler Maker, which is a beer chased with a shot of Wyoming Whiskey.

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State Spotlight: Alaska

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The Last Frontier State offers memorable experiences and beautiful views, like this one near the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska.

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to amazing Alaska! The largest U.S. state by area happily embraces its outdoorsy vibe, the arts, and a fresh take on local good eats. Read on to discover the adventures and culture that await you in The Last Frontier State.  

Travel Nursing in Alaska:

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Alaska is home to approximately 27 hospitals, 24 of these provide general acute care and just three provide specialized care. According to the U.S. News & World Report, the top three overall best hospitals in Alaska are Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska Regional Hospital also in Anchorage, and Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. Alaska also ranked #25 in healthcare and #18 in opportunity in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best States List. Not surprisingly, oil, gas, fishing, and tourism are the bedrock of Alaska’s economy.

When it comes to licensing, Alaska is a NURSYS state, but it is not a compact state. You can learn more about Alaska’s licensure process here.

Alaska Fast Facts:

State Nickname: The Last Frontier

Capital: Juneau

Largest City: Anchorage

National Parks: 8

State Parks: 120

State Motto: “North to the Future.”

State Flower: Forget-me-not

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Denali is a Koyukon word that means “High One.”

State Tree: Sitka spruce

State Bird: Alaska Willow Ptarmigan

State Rock: Jade

Alaska was the 49th state.

Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 are in Alaska.

Denali, the highest peak in North America, is 20,320 feet above sea level. 

Alaska has 6,640 miles of coastline and, including islands, has 33,904 miles of shoreline.

Alaska has more land area than Texas, California & Montana combined.

Alaska is less than 50 miles from Russia.

More than half the world’s glaciers can be found in Alaska.

It is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting in Alaska.

Giant vegetables are common in Alaska due to the extremely long days in summer. Alaska has grown a record cabbage weighing in at 94 pounds.

The nation’s two largest forests are located in Alaska. The Tongass in Southeast includes 16.8 million acres and Chugach in Southcentral has 4.8 million acres.

There is no sales tax in Alaska.

Famous people from Alaska include, singer/songwriter Jewel, actor James Morrison, actress Irene Bedard, (the voice of Disney’s Pocahontas) former governor Sarah Palin, four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Susan Butcher, baseball pitcher Curt Schilling, alpine skier and Olympic medalist Tommy Moe, and basketball player Carlos Boozer.

To Do & See in Alaska:

To live in Alaska is to be surrounded by natural beauty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In fact, the state shines in the summer and dazzles in the winter. From cross-country skiing to dog-sledding, it’s almost impossible not to enjoy all the outdoor activities Alaska has to offer.

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Dall sheep call Denali home.

For example, Denali National Park and Preserve is a great place to jumpstart your Alaska experience. Open from mid-May to mid-September, the park covers more than 6 million acres of land and is home to North America’s tallest peak, Denali. If mountain climbing sounds a bit daunting, you can backpack through the tundra, take a bike or bus ride down the Denali Park Road, check out a few glaciers, and even search for wildlife in the summer. If you’re lucky, you might see Denali’s famous Dall sheep or a herd of caribou. Wildlife sightings aren’t guaranteed, but you can still soak up all the scenic sights that make this park incredible!

While many people who visit Alaska come for the outdoor adventures, there’s also plenty to see and do in the state’s major cities, Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks. As the largest city in the state, Anchorage knows how to throw a good party and there’s always something social going on. If you’re there in the summertime, you simply must attend Anchorage’s Summer Solstice Festival and discover what a midnight sun looks like — Hint: It’s pretty fabulous! If you miss out on the Summer Solstice, don’t worry! There’s a chance you could catch a glimpse of the gorgeous green glow of the Northern Lights instead. Plus, Anchorage hosts the start of the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on the first Saturday of March each year.

Fairbanks, the second-largest city in Alaska, offers plenty in terms of art and culture. You can visit the Fountainhead Auto Museum, where 85 antique cars are on display, as well as the Museum of The North, which is home to a 2,000-year spectrum of Alaskan art, the state’s largest display of gold, and Blue Babe, a 50,000-year-old mummified steppe bison.

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Kayak around misty Mendenhall Lake near Juneau, Alaska.

Meanwhile, Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, is a high treat for visitors. Take a boat tour around the coast for a chance to see a pod of whales and view the awe-inspiring Mendenhall Glacier up close. There’s also the Glacier Gardens Rainforest — didn’t know Alaska had a rainforest? — well, guess again! Plus, Alaskan Brewery and Bottling Company is a must-visit attraction, where you can take a seat in their cozy tasting room and sip on smoked porter and other award-winning craft brews.

If all that sightseeing and outdoor activity have you feeling hungry, then you’re in luck! In recent years, Alaska has earned a surprising reputation as a foodie destination. In fact, eating local isn’t just a fad—it’s a way of life here. And if you’re envisioning “Deadliest Catch,” think again. Thanks to some of Alaska’s creative chefs, fresh salmon burgers with chipotle blueberry sauce, spruce tips ice cream, and reindeer pate are now all a part of Alaska’s delicious food scene.

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7 Summer Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

By Aubrey Schieuer

Sweet summertime! Lots of incredible Travel Nursing jobs open up around the country this time of year. With farmers markets aplenty, music festivals galore, and plenty of sunshine, this is the perfect season for Travel Nurses to start a new adventure.

Check out these 7 Summer Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs to start a summer you’ll never forget!


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Just one of the 10,000 reasons to land in lovely Minnesota!

Minnesota is known for its 10,000 lakes filled with summertime fun. You can go fishing for walleye, northerns, muskie, and the Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily — a species unique to Minnesota! Paddle away with a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard, or take it easy with a guided tour on a boat cruise.  If you’re looking for an urban vibe, be sure to visit the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Also in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis are must-sees like the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Guthrie Theater, and the Science Museum of Minnesota. And nothing says summer like a baseball game — you can catch the Twins at Target Field or the Saints at CHS Field. You’ll be blown away by all the things you can enjoy spending the summer in Minnesota!

Learn more about this awesome state in our Minnesota State Spotlight.

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You won’t believe these Virginia summer views!

With mountains and beaches, Virginia is the perfect summer spot for outdoorsy Travel Nurses. The Blue Ridge Mountains and the Allegheny Mountains are world-famous for their breathtaking beauty. One fourth of the entire Appalachian Trail is situated in Virginia, giving you so many miles of hiking you’ll never be bored! You have to see the beautiful Atlantic beaches of Virginia for yourself, like Buckroe Beach, Colonial Beach, and Chesapeake Beach. Treat yourself to Buckroe Beach’s Sunday summer concerts and Tuesday outdoor movies. If a stroll through a vineyard is more your style, surround yourself with almost 300 wineries and dozens of beautiful wine trails. Some wine trails incorporate American history with their gorgeous vineyards— like the Monticello Wine Trail of President Thomas Jefferson’s family home.

Check out our Virginia State Spotlight to learn more about this great state.

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California in the summer is a dream come true!

The Golden State is your golden opportunity to hit a ton of major attractions. Always wanted to go to Disneyland or Universal Studios? Now’s your chance! Do you dream of seeing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the famed Hollywood sign, or Venice beach in Los Angeles? California has it all! Along with a ton of urban hotspots, nature abounds in the awe-inspiring Redwood National Park and Sequoia National Park. And of course, there are countless beaches in California that are perfect for swimming, whale watching, hiking, snorkeling, and surfing. Wind down in wine country by traversing Napa Valley and Sonoma County for fabulous food, stunning views, and world-famous wine.

Check out our California State Spotlight to learn more about The Golden State.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts is one-of-a-kind!

The Bay State is full of historical sites you can’t miss, like the Freedom Trail, the JFK Presidential Library, Adams National Historical Park, and the Plimoth Plantation. Also, you know that summertime means movie time! Every Friday, the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf and the Hatch Shell offer free outdoor movies. For a far-out destination, get yourself to Cape Cod. Filled with quaint little villages, lighthouses, seafood shacks, island ferries, and ocean beaches, this laid-back, near-island has something for everyone. No matter where you go in Massachusetts, there’s plenty to do and see!

Learn more about The Bay State in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

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New York

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Iconic moments await you in New York!

Is a whole summer enough to see all of New York? It’s worth a try! First of all, there are monuments everywhere in the Big Apple: you can’t miss the Statue of Liberty, Charging Bull, and Fearless Girl. Central Park and Times Square are so much more than what you see in the movies. And of course, you’ve got to fill up on all the flavors of NYC. Explore Chinatown, eat around the Chelsea Market, and grab yourself a slice of authentic New York pizza. Just don’t forget about upstate New York! Niagara Falls is a destination in its own right. Beer-lovers will rejoice at Buffalo’s more than 35 craft breweries and 5 distilleries. If you go far enough north, you can even drive right into Canada!

Learn more about this great state in our New York State Spotlight.

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Don’t miss out on Travel Nursing in Texas!

Along with vast deserts, mountains, and lakes, Texas is home to significant cultural sites. Take a trip to San Antonio to tour the Alamo, sample incredible food while you meander along the San Antonio Riverwalk, or see a video art installation at the San Fernando Cathedral. Are you itching to make a splash? Check out SeaWorld, Schlitterbahn, or Six Flags for a day of wild water rides. If you’d rather have a day of sun, sand, and seashells, you’d be better off to venture out to South Padre island or San José. Texas is also filled with incredible museums: ponder Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso and more at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, see sculptures and pieces from African-American, Chinese, and Native American cultures at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, or witness real dinosaur skeletons and gorgeous gemstones at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Check out our Texas State Spotlight to learn more about the Lone Star State.

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Gorgeous natural scenery abounds in Colorado!

The best time to see Colorado is definitely the summer. Enjoy the crisp mountain air of the Rocky Mountain National Park, which is full of trails to hike, lakes to fish, and mountain animals to watch. If you love being among natural beauty, but don’t want to get yourself lost, see the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs! There are easy-going, paved trails for you to explore. For road-trip enthusiasts, there’s the San Juan Skyway, the Alpine Loop Byway, Phantom Canyon Road, Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway, and Trail Ridge Road to drive around. Want to sing along to your favorite songs in the fresh mountain air? Catch a concert at the Red Rocks Theatre in Denver. No matter what you like to do, don’t forget to eat! Classic Colorado summer treats include Palisade peaches, Olathe sweet corn, and Rocky Ford cantaloupe.

Learn more about the Centennial State in our Colorado State Spotlight.

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