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State Spotlight: Hawaii

Hawaii Kayak - State Spotlight: Hawaii
Say “Aloha” to Travel Nursing in Hawaii!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to humble Hawaii! The Aloha State is known for its otherworldly landscape and flora, gorgeous beaches, unique native culture, delicious food, and so much more. There’s a reason why Hawaii is a jackpot destination for so many Travelers — and that reason is simply that Hawaii is all-around incredible. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nursing in Hawaii will have you at “Aloha” and give you plenty to write home about!

Travel Nursing in Hawaii

Hawaii Stamp - State Spotlight: Hawaii

Hawaii is a fabulous state for Travel Nursing — in fact, it’s a bucket list state for most Travelers! The Aloha State offers so much to experience on your days off and you’ll enjoy access to lots of amazing career opportunities at incredible facilities.

Hawaii is home to about 38 hospitals — three of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018/2019 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Hawaii hospital, Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, which is nationally ranked in one specialty, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in five adult specialties and six procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top three overall best hospitals in Hawaii are: Honolulu’s Straub Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, also in Honolulu.   

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” ranked Hawaii #17 overall, as well as #1 for healthcare, #16 for crime & corrections, and #18 for opportunity. Livability.com ranked Honolulu, Hilo, and Kahului among the best places to live in Hawaii.

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

Hawaii Fast Facts

Surfboards - State Spotlight: Hawaii
A bunch of surfboards beckon on a sunny day in Maui.


State Nickname: The Aloha State

Capital: Honolulu

Largest City: Honolulu

National Parks: 8

State Parks: 50

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 40

State Motto: “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Āina i ka Pono” meaning “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”  

State Flower: Pua Aloalo

State Tree: Kukui

State Mammal: Hawaiian Monk Seal

State Dance: Hula

State Musical Instrument: Ukulele

State Gem: Black coral

Hawaii was the 50th state.

Hawaii is comprised of these eight main islands: Nihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokaim Lanai, Kahoolawe, and the Big Island (officially called Hawai’i).

The Hawaiian alphabet has just 13 letters and every word and syllable ends in a vowel.

Hawaii is the only state that commercially grows coffee, cacao, and vanilla beans.

Hawaii has the highest life expectancy age in the nation.

Unrelated to the above fact, Hawaiians consume the most Spam per capita in the U.S. It is even served at their McDonald’s and Burger Kings!

Surfing, surfboards, hooked cane knives, beach cleaning machines, Ocean vodka, radioactive particle cleaning gel, pineapple coring machines, and Kona coffee, were all invented in or originated in Oregon!

Hawaii was the first state to ban billboards.

Hawaii has a great variety of sand! They have black, white, yellow, red, and green beaches.  

The largest and most active volcano in the world is the Kilauea volcano, which has been raging for 600,000-some years.

Because of the continuous eruption from the Kilauea volcano, The Big Island grows by about 42 acres annually.

Because of its resemblance to the surface of the moon, astronauts in the 1960s trained for moon travel by walking on Mauna Loa’s hardened lava fields.

Named for the Earl of Sandwich, Hawaii was once called the Sandwich Isles.

Hawaii has no statewide police force or department of motor vehicles. These are managed by each county government. 

The north shore of Molokai features the world’s largest sea cliffs, clocking in at 3,000-plus feet high. 

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Hawaii include Barack Obama, Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Bruno Mars, Lauren Graham, Tia Carrere, Jack Johnson, Bethany Hamilton, Lois Lowry, Marcus Mariota, Don Ho, Michelle Wie, and Bette Midler.     

One of the wettest spots on Earth is Waialeale Mountain which averages 488-some inches of rain each year.

Only two mammals are thought to be native to Hawaii: the hoary bat and the monk seal.

While Hawaii is the widest state in the nation, if you consider landmass it would take 40 Hawaiis to make up one Texas. 

Hawaii has its own time zone and does not practice daylight savings time.

The Big Island leads the world in harvesting orchids and macadamia nuts.

There are a lot of rules around leis, including the fact that it’s considered rude to refuse a lei or take it off in front of the person who gave it to you. Leis should also never be thrown away, but should be returned to the land.

Hawaii was the first state to ban plastic bags in 2015.

To Do & See in Hawaii

Kalalau Valley - State Spotlight: Hawaii
The green ridges of Kalalau Valley against the deep blue ocean on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai.

Hawaii is one of the nation’s most unique and breathtaking places, making it a very special destination for Travel Nurses. Beyond its world-famous beaches, Hawaii is well known for lush fauna, intriguing volcanoes, incredible seafood and other cuisine (yes, including the state’s quirky love of Spam), rich native culture, and so much more.

The Aloha State’s capital of Honolulu is by far its largest population center. In fact, Honolulu County is home to about 70 percent of the state’s entire population. Other cities of interest include Mililani, Pearl City, Waipahu, Kaneohe, and several other smaller communities. In Honolulu you’ll want to check out Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial Park, Iolani Palace, Waikiki Beach and neighborhood, Chinatown, the Koko Crater Trail, Manoa Falls, and so much more.

Other must-dos in Hawaii include Volcanoes National Park, Haleakala, Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Hana Highway, Kilauea, Waimea Canyon State Park, Polynesian Cultural Center, Molokini, Waipio Valley, Mauna Loa Observatory, and Bishop Museum.

You can also try surfing here in the state where it was invented, attend a luau, take a helicopter tour, kayak, take a sunset cruise, snorkel, hike, bike, and so much more!

The food in Hawaii is as unique as it is delicious. As an island state, seafood is obviously a very big deal here and the state is known for that in general as well as iconic faves like loco moco, malasadas, spam musubi (spam sushi), shaved ice, Kalua pork, acai bowls, manapua, ice cream mochi, poke, haupia pie, pineapple, macadamia nuts, hula pie, ramen, huli huli chicken, lau lau, poi, and garlic shrimp. Wash it all down with a Mai Tai or a piping-hot cup of Kona coffee and you’ll be living like a true Hawaiian!

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

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7 Wonderful Winter Locations for Travel Nurse Jobs

Winter Fun Woman
Where do you want to land a Travel Nursing job this winter?

With winter’s chill settled in and a new year on the horizon, now is the perfect time to explore options for your next adventure in Travel Nursing. Whether you want to embrace the colder months in all their frosty glory or you prefer to hightail it somewhere warm until spring comes, there are lots of great locations for you to choose from. As your brainstorm your next move, we suggest these 7 wonderful winter locations for Travel Nurse jobs.

Hawaii

Hawaii

Spending time in The Aloha State is but a pipe dream to many — however, for Travelers, it’s not so hard to make it a dream come true! With balmy year-round temps and hundreds of miles of coastline, Hawaii is the perfect place for a winter assignment that lets you totally ignore the existence of snow and completely reject hats and gloves in favor of swimsuits and sandals. In otherworldly Hawaii, you can explore golden sands, clear waters, exciting volcanoes, rugged landscapes, gorgeous tropical foliage, island traditions, delicious seafood, and so much more.   

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Virginia

Virginia is for Lovers, state motto and welcome sign

Virginia is for lovers — and its winters are beloved by Travelers! Check into a cozy cabin, hit the slopes, or visit one of the state’s 230+ wineries to get that warm, fuzzy feeling. For some winter wildlife, check out the adorable harbor seals at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Explore Virginia’s rich history at First Landing State Park (where the Jamestown colonists landed in 1607) and historic Jamestown, Mount Vernon, Wilderness Road State Park, and Colonial Williamsburg. 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! Click here to learn more about The Old Dominion State in our Virginia State Spotlight.

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Texas

Texas Woman Paddleboard 1 - 7 Wonderful Winter Locations for Travel Nurse Jobs
A beautiful young adult woman enjoys a peaceful moment on the water with her paddle board and faithful pet dog. The sun illuminates the scene, casting a golden glow. Shot in Austin, Texas, USA.

They say “Don’t mess with Texas,” but many Travel Nurses have absolutely loved their dalliances with The Lone Star State! From its large selection of Travel Nursing job opportunities to its ample choices for activities on your days off, Texas is a great place to land for a travel job. The temps in winter stay pretty warm here, so if winter’s not your thing, Texas just might be! Don’t forget The Alamo — not to mention wonderfully weird Austin, the San Antonio boardwalk, Houston Space Center, Padre Island, and hoppin’ urban spots like Houston and Dallas. Shopping, pro sports, museums, history, and dining are all on point in this great state as well!   

Click here to mess with Texas and find your perfect Travel Nurse job there.

California

Couple with dog skating outdoors

When it comes to Travel Nursing jobs, Cali is the year-round king. The Golden State always has lots of great Travel Nurse opportunities due to its ahead-of-the-curve staffing laws. Plus, it’s a gorgeous, diverse place that many Travelers quite enjoy calling their home for 13 weeks at a time. California has a very wide range of options in everything from landscape to activities. From skiing, surfing, hiking, and climbing to shopping, spas, sightseeing, and wine tastings, this state is a true crowd-pleaser. Learn more about this fabulous state in our California State Spotlight.   

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Arizona

Horseshoe Bend (Arizona)

The Grand Canyon State is a super popular destination for wintertime Travel Nursing due to its abundant natural beauty and mild winters. It also helps that a shifting population of sunbirds, among other things, means a high inventory of awesome job opportunities. One of the nation’s most marvelous sights, The Grand Canyon, is a huge draw year-round, and there’s plenty more to see and do in this southwestern state. Explore Horseshoe Bend, Red Rock Scenic Canyon, and Desert Botanical Garden. Plus, even though it does remain mild in winter, Arizona offers skiers plenty to do in the snowy peaks of Flagstaff’s Snowbowl. Click here to learn more about The Grand Canyon State in our Arizona State Spotlight.    

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New York

Central Park ice rink

The colder months are a great time to take a bite out of the Big Apple. Exploring incredible art museums, taking in a Broadway show, and warming up with world-class cuisine, are just a few reasons why New York is a fabulous place to embrace the winter season. If you want 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! Click here to learn more about The Empire State in our New York State Spotlight.

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Colorado

Colorado Ski

If you love winter and want to indulge in all of its snowy glory, Colorado is a fabulous choice for a winter location. The state is well-known for some of the nation’s best skiing in spots like Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Telluride, and Steamboat Springs. You can also hit the slopes on a snowboard or tube, or — my personal favorite — stay in the lodge and sip spiked cocoa all day! Winter carnivals are a good way to heat things up, from Steamboat Springs’ 104-year-old Winter Carnival to Breckenridge’s Ullr Fest. Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, and other city centers offer great art, exciting culture, delicious food, and more urban delights year-round. Click here to learn more about The Centennial State in our Colorado State Spotlight.

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State Spotlight: Oregon

Oregon Columbia River Gorge
Outstanding Oregon is a gorgeous place for your next Travel Nurse adventure!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to outstanding Oregon! The Beaver State is known for its breathtaking landscapes, unique creative culture, world-class wineries, and so much more. There’s also an abundance of lucrative, resume-building Travel Nurse jobs in this majestic state. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nursing in Oregon is A-OK in a magical way!

Travel Nursing in Oregon

Oregon Stamp

Oregon is a fantastic place for Travelers to take an assignment. In The Beaver State you will never be bored on your days off and you’ll enjoy access to lots of amazing career opportunities at top-notch Traveler-friendly hospitals.

Oregon is home to about 65 hospitals — 10 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018/2019 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Oregon hospital, OHSU Hospital in Portland, which is nationally ranked in six specialties and seven children’s specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in five adult specialties and eight procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Oregon are: Portland’s Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland’s Providence Portland Medical Center, Salem’s Salem Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas.   

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” ranked Oregon #16 overall, as well as #6 for economy and #3 for infrastructure. The publication also named Portland, Oregon #6 on its 2018 list of “Best Places to Live.”

As for licensing, Oregon 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 Oregon.

Oregon Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Beaver State

Capital: Salem

Largest City: Portland

Oregon Lighthouse

National Parks: 5

State Parks: 255

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 28

State Motto: “She flies with her own wings” 

State Flower: Oregon Grape

State Tree: Douglas Fir

State Fish: Chinook Salmon

State Animal: American Beaver

State Rock: Thunder-egg (geode)

State Gem: Oregon sunstone

Oregon was the 33rd state.

Oregon’s is the only U.S. state flag with different designs on each side.

Portland, Oregon has more breweries within its city limits than any other city in the world.    

Oregon’s Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the nation. It formed more than 6,500 years ago inside the remains of an ancient volcano!

Eugene, Oregon was the first city to have one-way streets.

Marionberries, the Nike swoosh, Pendleton blankets, the first Wiki site, American-style Maraschino cherries, the computer mouse, hacky sacks, erector sets, spikeless track shoes, the Leatherman, Rogue Ales (and SO many other beers), Tillamook Cheese, and the Coolest cooler (a tricked out cooler with a blender, stereo, USB charging port, and more!) were all invented in or originated in Oregon!

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Oregon is home to the most ghost towns in the United States.

Oregon’s Tillamook Cheese Factory is the largest cheese factory in the world, yielding delicious results for cheese-lovers.

The D River in Lincoln City, Oregon is one of the world’s shortest rivers at a mere 121 feet.

On the other hand, The Beaver State’s Hells Canyon clocks in as the deepest river gorge in North America at a whopping 8,000 feet deep.

Oregon is the only state with an official state nut. The nut in question? The humble hazelnut!

Nike, originally called Blue Ribbon Sports, was started in Oregon. PSU student Carolyn Davidson designed Nike’s iconic swoosh in 1971 and sold it to the company for just $35!

Until January 2018, Oregon was one of only two U.S. states without self-serve gas stations. While Oregon now allows patrons to pump their own gas only at stand-alone stations in counties with less 40,000 residents, New Jersey is still holding out!

Calling all winos! Oregon is home to more than 750 vineyards.  

Way back in 1973, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize marijuana. It followed up in 2014 by becoming one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana.  

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Louisiana include Tonya Harding, Ty Burrell, Lisa Rinna, Kathleen Hanna, Howard Hesseman, Isaiah Mustafa, River Phoenix, Holly Madison, Steve Prefontaine, Beverly Clearly, Clark Gable, Matthew Fox, Ginger Rogers, Kim Novak, Courtney Love, Ken Kesey, Jon Heder, Phil Knight, Raymond Carver, Tommy Thayer, Dorothy McCullough, and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.     

When naming the city of Portland, the odds were 50-50 and decided by a coin toss. If the coin had landed the other way Portland would be called Boston!

The biggest mushroom on Earth — a honey fungus spanning more than two miles — resides in Oregon’s Blue Mountains. It’s believed to be thousands of years old.

If you didn’t know, the dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland! In addition to the popular TV show “Portlandia,” The Goonies and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest were set and filmed in Oregon.  

The world’s tallest barber pole stands 72-feet high and resides in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Oregon has nine beautiful lighthouses along its coastline.

Mount Hood, a dormant volcano, is Oregon’s highest peak at 11,239 feet tall.

Oregon’s largest state park, Silver Falls State Park, boasts 10 waterfalls.

To Do & See in Oregon

Iconic Portland, Oregon Old Town sign with an outline of Oregon and a stag

From breathtaking natural sights to quirky urban areas, The Beaver State is a magical playground for Travel Nurses! The state offers a diverse landscape of mountains, forest, and beaches, as well as world-class wine, craft beer, incredible dining, and stimulating culture — making Oregon a wonderful place to embark on your next Travel Nurse journey! 

For city lovers, The Beaver State’s largest cities include Portland, Salem, Eugene, Gresham, Beaverton, and Bend. As you have heard via TV’s “Portlandia,” the dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland — but that’s not all that make it a great place to take an assignment or a day trip. Where else can you visit Forest Park — the largest park in city limits in the U.S. and the world’s smallest park, Mill’s End Park, which is a wee spot on a median?! You will also definitely want to check out Powell’s Books, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, the Portland Mercado, Portland Art Museum, Portland Japanese Gardens, Multnomah Falls, Voodoo Doughnut, Washington Park, Pittock Mansion, Portland Saturday Market, Hoyt Arboretum, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, gigantic Paul Bunyan, and so many more incredible spots. Craft beer lovers and wine aficionados will feel pampered with the many offerings here as well!     

Oregon Crater Lake

Outside of the big city, adventurers will want to check out Cannon Beach — which many will recognize from The Goonies, The Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery in Gold Hill, The Enchanted Forest near Salem, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Astoria, the Willamette Valley, and so many more.

For those who love the great outdoors, get ready to fall hard for Oregon. The Beaver State is known for its almost otherworldly natural beauty. To experience this, check out places like Crater Lake National Park, Cascades Lake Scenic Byway, Mount Hood, Hells Canyon Recreational Area, Yachats, Wallowa Lake, Columbia River Gorge, Greenwood Poplar Tree Farm, Thor’s Well, The Painted Hills and the John Day Fossil Beds, Natural Bridges, Deschutes River, and Dee Wright Observatory, to name a few.

If you like to eat you will LOVE Oregon!The farm-to-table restaurant scene is a big deal here, resulting in incredible dining options, and the state is also known for its fresh seafood and unique regional favorites. While on assignment in Oregon enjoy iconic faves like marionberry pie, Dungeness crab, Moonstruck Chocolates, hazelnuts, Tillamook Cheese, Vietnamese chicken wings, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Voodoo Doughnuts, tater tots, Tofurky, steamer clams, salmon, wild mushrooms, fish & chips, and oysters. Wash it all down with a piping-hot Stumptown Coffee, and ice-cold Rouge Ale, or a fine Oregon Pinot and you’ll be living like a true Oregonian!

Ready for your adventure to outstanding Oregon?!

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State Spotlight: Louisiana

Fun-loving young woman at Mardi Gras in New Orleans Louisiana

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to lovely Louisiana!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to lovely Louisiana! The Bayou State is known for its incredible culture and food, unique landscape, and wealth of great Travel Nursing jobs. Louisiana has a unique cultural footprint, fascinating history, exciting cities, and so much more for you to explore while on assignment. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nurse assignments in The Bayou State are a great way to let the good times roll — or, laissez les bon temps rouler, as the local say!

Travel Nursing in Louisiana

State of Louisiana

Louisiana is home to more than 200 hospitals that need great Travelers like YOU!

Louisiana is a fantastic playground for Travelers! In The Bayou State — or The Pelican State, as it’s alternately known — you have access to tons of great career opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals, as well as the chance to build your resume and your healthcare skill set.

Louisiana is home to more than 200 hospitals — 5 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018/2019 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Louisiana hospital, New Orleans’ Ochsner Medical Center, which is nationally ranked in four specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in six adult specialties and four procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Louisiana are: Shreveport’s Willis-Knighton Medical Center, Baton Rouge’s Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Metairie’s East Jefferson General Hospital, and Lafayette’s Lafayette General Medical Center.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Places to Live” list includes both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and Livability.com cites the state’s food, music, sports, culture, and more as top reasons to move to Louisiana. In fact, U.S. News & World Report also ranked New Orleans #2 among “Best Foodie Cities in the USA.”

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

Louisiana Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Bayou State or The Pelican State

Capital: Baton Rouge

Street Jazz Band Trumpet QuartetLargest City: New Orleans

National Parks: 5

State Parks: 20

National Historic Landmarks: 54

State Motto: “Union, Justice, and Confidence”

State Flower: Magnolia

State Tree: Bald Cypress

State Bird: Brown Pelican

State Symbol: Fleur-de-lis

State Crustacean: Crawfish

State Reptile: Alligator

Louisiana was the 18th state.

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At eight feet below sea level, the city of New Orleans is home to Louisiana’s lowest point and the nation’s second-lowest point.

Because it is a word-for-word translation, the iconic phrase “Laissez les bons temps rouler” is not grammatically correct in French.

Louisiana’s state bird, the Brown Pelican, was endangered from 1970-1990.

The first ever operatic performance in the nation was in New Orleans in 1796.

The binocular microscope, craps, fried turkey, Smoothie King, poker, The Higgins Boat, Venetian blinds, zydeco music, dental floss, cotton candy, movie theaters, Tabasco, bananas foster, America’s first cocktail — the Sazerac, and, of course, jazz were all invented in or originated in Louisiana!

It’s estimated that Louisiana is home to two million wild alligators and another 300,000 on alligator farms.

At 450-feet tall with a whopping 34 floors, Louisiana has the nation’s tallest state capital.

Louisiana does not have counties like all the other states. Instead, they have parishes.

Canal Street was at one point meant to be an actual canal connecting Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.

Every year approximately 1.4 million people go to Mardi Gras.

French Q 300x200 - State Spotlight: LouisianaThe Sazerac and the Hurricane are two popular cocktails invented in New Orleans.

New Orleans’ historic Treme neighborhood was one of the first places in the U.S. where free people of color were able to purchase and own their own property.

While New Orleans is famous for being the birthplace of jazz, no one knows exactly where and when the art form was invented. Many historians believe it originated in Congo Square — the first place in NOLA where African slaves could congregate — and later developed in the Treme and Storyville neighborhoods.

In addition to jazz, Cajun and zydeco music were also invented in Louisiana.

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Louisiana include Ellen DeGeneres. Resse Witherspoon, Tyler Perry, Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., Tim McGraw, Fats Domino, Ali Landry, James Carville, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lil Wayne, Frank Ocean, Bryant Gumbel, Kevyn Aucoin, Donna Brazile, Branford Marsalis, Randy Jackson, DJ Khaled, Cokie Roberts, Anne Rice, Huey Long, Paul Prudhomme, Truman Capote, Mahalia Jackson, and Britney Spears.

LSU’s colors were originally blue and white but were changed to Mardi Gras’ purple, gold, and green color scheme to be more representative of Louisiana.

The Atchafalaya Basin is the nation’s largest river basin, stretching over more than one million acres and spanning about 140 miles.

Louisiana was named in honor of France’s King Louis XIV.

Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the world’s longest continuous bridge over water spanning nearly 24 miles.

Baton Rouge is the only place outside of the original 13 colonies where an American Revolution battle was fought.

Tabasco sauce made in Louisiana holds the second-oldest food trademark in the United States patent office.

To Do & See in Louisiana

LA Oak 300x188 - State Spotlight: LouisianaFrom unique geography to singular cities, The Bayou State has so much for Travelers to do and see — and eat and drink! The state presents oodles of opportunities to embrace culture, music, food, history, and so much more — making Louisiana an incredible spot for your next Travel Nurse adventure!

For city lovers, The Bayou State’s largest cities include New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. New Orleans is considered the state’s crown jewel by many Travelers — after all, where else can you visit The Tree of Life and the Museum of Death?! Some of the iconic city’s must-sees include the French Quarter, Jackson Square, Garden District, Frenchman Street, Aquarium of the Americas, Lake Pontchartrain, Preservation Hall, Louis Armstrong Park, Napoleon House, St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, and so much more. Take a historic streetcar ride, sip coffee and nibble on beignets at Café Du Monde, enjoy some street jazz — iconic experiences are around every turn in this incredibly unique and vibrant city. Large events like Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival always bring the party as well.

Outside of the capital city, you’ll want to check out urban adventures and other attractions like the Louisiana State Capital (the tallest in the nation!), the original state capital (which looks like a castle!), Magnolia Mound Plantation, R.W. Norton Art Gallery, USS Kidd, the Sallier Oak tree, Fort Proctor, the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum, Avery Island Tabasco Museum and Factory, Fort St. Phillips, Jungle Gardens, and so many more.

Beignets 300x200 - State Spotlight: LouisianaLouisiana has also been dubbed the Sportsman’s Paradise due to its many great activities in the great outdoors. Golfing is big here, as is hiking, kayaking, fishing, sailing, kayaking, and swamp basin tours. For natural beauty check out the Longleaf Scenic Byway, Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge, Creole Nature Trail, Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge, Chicot State Park, Tammany Trace, Jean Lafitte National Historic Park, and Barataria Preserve Wetlands Trail, to name a few.

Famished after all that activity? Louisiana is one of the best foodie destinations in the nation! Louisiana has incredibly distinct cuisine due in large part to its various cultural influences. While on assignment in Louisiana enjoy iconic faves like beignets, po’boys, muffaletta, king cake, crawfish etouffee, gumbo, boudin, andouille, jambalaya, pralines, yakamein, blackened fish, cracklins, red beans & rice, turtle soup, shrimp & grits, bread pudding, bananas foster, maque choux, pain perdu, and chargrilled oysters. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Abita or Sazerac and you’ll be living like a true Louisianan!

Ready for your adventure to lovely Louisiana?!

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State Spotlight: Rhode Island

Photograph with rear view of two women meditating on beach, Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Find out why Travel Nursing assignments in The Ocean State tend to go just swimmingly!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to remarkable Rhode Island! The Ocean State is known for its natural seaside beauty, quaint cities, delicious seafood, and a wealth of incredible Travel Nursing career opportunities. Notoriously tiny, Rhode Island’s tourism website refers to the state as “fun-sized” but there sure is a ton of flavor and fun packed into its scant 1,214 square miles. Read on to find out why Travel Nursing assignments in The Ocean State tend to go just swimmingly!

Travel Nursing in Rhode Island

Rhode IslandRhode Island may be small, but it offers tons of career opportunities for Travel Nurses. Build your resume and develop your skills at Traveler-friendly hospitals in an atmosphere with lots to do and see on your days off!

Rhode Island is home to about 15 hospitals — several of which are ranked as “High Performing” in specific procedures on U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes Warwick’s Kent County Memorial Hospital (High Performing in two procedures/conditions), Providence’s Miriam Hospital (High Performing in two adult specialties and five procedures/conditions), Newport’s Newport Hospital (High Performing in one procedure/condition), Providence’s Rhode Island Hospital (High Performing in two procedures/conditions), and Wakefield’s South County Hospital (High Performing in one procedure/condition).

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Rhode Island #28 overall, as well as #8 for healthcare.

As for licensing, Rhode Island is not a walk-through state nor a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state. Click here for more, up-to-date info on licensing in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Fast Facts

High rise buildings on Providence waterfront, Rhode Island, United States

Picturesque Providence.

State Nickname: The Ocean State

Capital: Providence

Largest City: Providence

National Parks: 2

State Parks: 15

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 46

State Motto: “Hope”

State Flower: Violet

State Tree: Red Maple

State Bird: Rhode Island Red

State Shell: Quahaug

State Marine Mammal: Harbor Seal

Colorado was the 13th state — the last of the original 13 colonies.

Notoriously tiny, you can cross Rhode Island north-to-south in 48 miles and east-to-west in 37 miles.

In 1776, Rhode Island was the first of the 13 colonies to renounce its allegiance to Great Britain, but was the last to ratify the Constitution in 1790 after insisting on adding the Bill of Rights.

Rhode Island shares a state water border with New York.

Rhode Island Governor Ambrose Burnside is said to be the originator of sideburns.

Mr. Potato Head, Pell grants, American Tourister luggage, Glee gum, the modern sprinkler system, pizza strips, coffee milk, the diner, clam cakes, the fast break play in basketball, and sideburns were all invented in or originated in Rhode Island!

More than 400 Rhode Islands could fit inside Alaska.

Glendale, Rhode Island claims to be home to the world’s oldest penny arcade.

The first golf open was hosted in Rhode Island in 1895.

Although it’s far north of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, the nation’s first jazz fest was held in Newport, Rhode Island in 1954.

Some of the largest pumpkins in U.S. history have been grown in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island is often credited with hosting the first lawn tennis championship in 1899 — nowadays we call it badminton.

The Rhode Island State House is home to the fourth-largest self-supporting dome in the world — behind St. Peter’s Basilica, the Minnesota state capital, and the Taj Mahal!

Rhode Island son Gilbert Stuart drew the portrait of George Washington that is featured on the dollar bill.

Ann Hutchinson became the first woman to establish an American town when she launched Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1640.

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Rhode Island include Viola Davis, Meredith Viera, H.P. Lovecraft, Debra Messing, Taylor Swift, Seth MacFarlane, Lamar Odom, Charlie Day, Olivia Culpo, Richard Jenkins, The Farrelly Brothers, Christine Amanpour, Harry Anderson, Cormac McCarthy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Ruth Buzzi, James Marsden, Mena Suvari, and Pauly D.

Rhode Island son George M. Cohan penned the famous patriotic songs “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

Rhode Island was the first state to take an anti-slavery stance via laws passed as early as 1652.

Newport’s Pelham Street was the nation’s first gas lit street.

Rhode Island was home to both the first Baptist church and the first synagogue built in America.

The first American outdoor polo match was hosted in Rhode Island in 1876.

Watch Hill, Rhode Island is home to the nation’s oldest carousel, The Flying Horse Carousel.

To Do & See in Rhode Island

VisitRhodeIsland.com cleverly refers to The Ocean State as “fun-sized.” But despite its small stature — you can cross Rhode Island north-to-south in 48 miles and east-to-west in 37 miles — the state offers lots to do and see, including its 400-some miles of shore.

dusk at Castle Hill

Dusk at Castle Hill.

Urban explorers will find locales like Providence, Warwick, Cranston, and Pawtucket good places to find great dining, shopping, culture, history and so much more. Good stops to make in Providence include Federal Hill, Waterplace Park, the Rhode Island State House, India Point Park Playground and Mosaic Mural, College Hill, Kennedy Plaza, The Providence Athenaeum, the first Baptist church in America, Benefit Street, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Roger Williams Park, and more.

Jazz lovers will want to make a point to visit in the summertime when Newport hosts its famous Newport Jazz Festival, which began in 1954. The state is also home to quirky museums like the Newport Car Museum, The Breakers, Rosecliff, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Green Animals Topiary Gardens, among others.

Outside of the city scene, Rhode Island offers considerable natural beauty in places like Mohegan Bluffs, Sachuest Beach, Narragansett Beach, Clayhead Nature Trail, Brenton Point State Park, Fort Adams State Park, Mansion Beach, Scarborough State Beaches, and many other locations throughout the state. Additionally, with the easy drive across the state, an assignment in Rhode Island puts you in close proximity to taking an adventure outside of the state’s borders throughout the east coast and New England areas!

After all that urban or rural adventuring, you’ve probably worked up quite the appetite. You’re in luck because Rhode Island is home to some delicious eats! The Ocean State is known for its tasty seafood chowder, lobster bisque, clam cakes, Irish brown bread, Del’s frozen lemonade, doughboys, hot wieners, clams casino, pizza strips, Johnnycakes, clam chowder, stuffies (stuffed quahogs), lobster ravioli, clam bakes, and calamari. Wash it all down with an iconic coffee milk and you’ll be living like a true Rhode Islander!

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7 Spectacular Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

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Where do you want to spend this gorgeous, transformative fall season? Check out these 7 Spectacular Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs!

Fall is officially here! It’s the magical season filled 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 do you want to spend this gorgeous, transformative season? We offer for your consideration these 7 Spectacular Fall Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs!

Massachusetts

Autumn in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts

Fall foliage in the beautiful Berkshires region of Massachusetts!

This fall favorite is on everyone’s minds for good reason each autumn. From the beautiful, historic Boston area to the famous autumn colors of the Berkshires, taking a fall assignment in Massachusetts is your ticket to 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. City slickers can enjoy perfect temps to explore beautiful Boston’s Freedom Trail, as well its iconic harbor, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine scene. Day trip alert: October is the perfect time to take a train up to Salem and explore the witchy city responsible for the Salem Witch Trials. Learn more about The Bay State here in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

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WashingtonCouple walking dog in park

At one time famous for their flannels, Washington really knows how to do a fabulous fall season! They call Seattle the Emerald City because of its year-round penchant for green, and it stays pretty temperate there even as fall unfurls. Visit the first-ever Starbucks for your caffeine fix, check out the famous Pike Place Market, and take a ferry to beautiful Bainbridge Island — all with a perfect view of magnificent Mount Rainier as a backdrop. Throughout Washington, you’re never too far from a fun day trip whether to a pumpkin patch, to an apple orchard, or for a fun fall hike. Gorgeous fall colors can be found 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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ArizonaGrand Canyon National Park, AZ

The Grand Canyon State offers the best of both worlds when it comes to fall: the temps stay nice and warm, but you can still see lots of pretty fall leaves. The San Francisco Peaks are very well known for their abundance of gorgeous gold Aspens and an autumnal rainbow is on display at Phoenix’s Boyce Thompson Arboretum. There’s a lot of great opportunity in Arizona, particularly in fall and winter, as older populations travel here to escape the colder months. In addition to a great selection of jobs, there is so much natural beauty to explore here, like mystical Sedona’s Cathedral Rock, Page’s majestic Horseshoe Bend, the iconic Grand Canyon, and so much more! Learn more about The Grand Canyon State here in our Arizona State Spotlight.

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VirginiaAutumn on Monument

You know what they say, “Virginia is for Lovers.” Fall lovers that is! The Blue Ridge Parkway, AKA one of the most gorgeous drives in the nation, runs through Virginia, making this a prime spot for fall lovers to take an autumn assignment. 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. Learn more about The Old Dominion State here in our Virginia State Spotlight.

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CaliforniaWoman with camera in autumn landscape, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

California is the very most popular state for Travel Nursing regardless of what the calendar says, but it’s an extra special spot for those who like their fall days to coincide with their beach days! Enjoy sunny SoCal spots like San Diego and Los Angeles, and still have the option to head north and hit the slopes if you want. Not to mention wine country, Hollywood, amazing shopping, dining, pro sports, and more are available in The Golden State. Pro tip: California’s Pacific Coast Highway is actually an unsung hero for peeping pretty fall views. Learn more about The Golden State here in our California State Spotlight.

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New YorkYoung woman enjoying New York skyline and autumn colors in Central Park, NY, USA

For a famous New England fall foliage display, The Empire State is a fantastic home base location. The Big Apple looks great in fall, with gorgeous colors sparkling throughout Central Park, and plenty of history, theater, arts, dining, shopping, and sports to experience. Upstate hotspots like Lake George, Lake Otsego, Glimmerglass State Park, and The Adirondacks are famous for their plentiful fall activities, including scenic hikes and drives, orchards, pumpkin patches, hayrack rides, and much more. Pay tribute to the passing of the 2018 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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ColoradoHiker looking over view of fall colored aspens

The magnificent changing of aspens is the first thing that usually comes to mind when a Colorado fall is mentioned, and Aspen and Crested Butte are among popular places to peep those gorgeous gold leaves. Estes Park is another popular destination for fall, offering great colors, but also the unique opportunity to witness the elk bugling as mating season begins in Rocky Mountain National Park. There’s also 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 numerous scenic byways dazzle with fall colors statewide, so you really can’t go wrong here — and, if you’re a skier and winter-lover, you might look into starting an assignment here in the Centennial State in fall and extending through winter! Learn more about The Centennial State here in our Colorado State Spotlight.

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State Spotlight: Colorado

Main Street Telluride Colorado

Colorful Colorado is a great spot for your next Travel Nurse gig!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to colorful Colorado! The Centennial State is known for its natural beauty and its abundance of exciting Travel Nursing career opportunities. Colorado has majestic mountains, fascinating history, hip urban hotspots, and so much more for you to explore on your days off. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nurse assignments in The Centennial State are 100% awesome!

Travel Nursing in Colorado

Colorado StampColorado is an absolutely majestic state with plenty of natural beauty to explore on your days off and the state also offers tons of career opportunities for Travel Nurses. In The Centennial State, you can access an abundance of great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that let you build your resume and further develop your healthcare skills.

Colorado is home to about 100 hospitals — 12 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018/2019 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Colorado hospital, Aurora’s University of Colorado Hospital, which is nationally ranked in 11 specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one adult specialty and six procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Colorado are: Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital, Parker’s Parker Adventist Hospital, Denver’s Rose Medical Center, and Loveland’s UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies.    

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Colorado #10 overall, as well as #1 for economy, #9 for healthcare, and #10 for quality of life.

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

Colorado Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Centennial State

Capital: Denver

Largest City: Denver

National Parks: 13

State Parks: 41

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 40

State Motto: “Nothing without providence.”

State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine

State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce

State Bird: Lark Bunting

State Gem: Aquamarine

State Animal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Colorado was the 38th state.

Colorado means “colored red.”

Colorado is the only state to turn down the Olympics. Sixty-two percent of Colorado voters spurned the 1976 Olympics due to concerns about cost and pollution.

The Mt. Evans Scenic Byway in Colorado is the highest paved road in North America.

Colorado is home to more mircobreweries per capita than any other state.

The cheeseburger, the wheel clamp aka “The Boot,” root beer float, Otterbox phone cases, Crocs, Jolly Ranchers, Coors, outdoor Christmas lights, tampons, Chipotle, the prototype for the helicopter, sign language translating gloves, teddy bears, and shredded wheat were all invented in or originated in Colorado!

The U.S. federal government own more than 30% of Colorado’s land.

Denver is home to Colfax Avenue — the longest contiguous street in the nation.

The Denver capital building’s 13th step is exactly one mile above sea level.

Colorado is home to 222 state wildlife areas.

The iconic song “America the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Lee Bates after she saw the inspirational view from Pikes Peak.

Dove Creek, Colorado is the “Pinto Bean Capital of the World.”

The world’s first rodeo was held in 1869 in Deer Trail, Colorado.

Native Americans tribes in Colorado were Apache, Kiowa, Comanche, Pawnee, and Ute.

The first license plate on a car in the nation was issued in Denver, Colorado in 1908.  

Famous folks from or who’ve lived in Colorado include Tim Allen, Amy Adams, Roseanne Barr, Kristin Cavallari, Kristin Davis, Duane “Dog” Chapman,  Ouray, Jon Heder, T.J. Miller, Hattie McDaniel, Bill Murray, Kristen Schaal, Trey Parker, Pam Grier, AnnaSophia Robb, John Kerry, Matthew Shepherd, Heidi Montag, Ken Kesey, Hannah Hart, Melissa Benoist, Chauncey Billups, Jack Dempsey, and Sheryl Lee.      

Colorado Springs is home to the United States Air Force Academy. 

Grand Mesa, Colorado is home to the world’s largest flattop mountain. 

Glenwood Springs, Colorado is home to the world’s largest natural hot springs which covers two blocks.

Denver hosts the world’s largest rodeo each year, the Western Stock Show.

Colorado is one of four states which meet creating the “four corners.” The other three states are Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

The Continental Divide is in Colorado. This natural boundary separates North America’s river systems. Water that flows to the west runs to the Pacific Ocean and water that flows to the east travels to the Atlantic Ocean.

To Do & See in Colorado

The Centennial State has an abundance of diverse activities for Travelers to do and some truly incredible sights to see — including its famously majestic mountains. The state is home to tons of opportunities for outdoor recreation, sightseeing, unique attractions, fascinating history, and so much more — making Colorado the perfect location for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

For urban explorers, Colorado’s largest cities include Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Centennial, and Pueblo. Cool, exciting, unique cities like these really display what makes Colorado such a great place to live, work, and play.

Denver — AKA The Mile-High City — is an exciting playground for Travelers with its great outdoor scene, dining, shopping, sports, museums, scenery, and so much more. Fun stops to check out in and around Denver include Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo, Elitch Gardens, Coors Field, City Park, Downtown Aquarium, Colorado State Capital, Cherry Creek, Water World, Molly Brown House Museum, Civic Center, and so much more!

Sports fans will cheer for assignments in Colorado as you’ll get the chance to root for Denver’s Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies, Avalanche, and Rapids — as well as the state’s many other awesome pro, semi-pro and college teams.

Outside of the capital city, Colorado has an abundance of mid-sized cities and quaint hamlets alike. Visit Estes Park for a trip to the iconic Stanley Hotel, featured as a prominent character in Stephen King’s The Shining, then head into Rocky Mountain National Park to hear the elk bugling. Take a day trip to cool Fort Collins and get down with the chill, college town vibe and excellent eats. Longmont is home to the Left Hand Brewing Company, just one of Colorado’s many, many craft beer outlets and microbreweries. Tune in with nature and visit natural hot springs in Idaho Springs, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Telluride, Ouray, Durango, and many other locations throughout the state.

Nature lovers will most definitely find their happy place in colorful Colorado. The Centennial State offers incredible, world-class skiing, hiking, biking, rafting, breathtaking views and vistas, and so much more. Top spots for lovers of the great outdoors include Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of the Gods, Trail Ridge Road, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Mesa Verde National Park, the Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monuments, Colorado National Monument, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, and so much more.

If all that outdoor adventure has you famished, you’re in luck, because Colorado cuisine is as tasty as its ski slopes! The Centennial State is known for its delectable peaches, lamb, green chili, fresh trout, elk sausage, bison burgers, Rocky Ford cantaloupe, sopapillas, pizza crust dipped in honey, and, for the adventurous eater — the infamous Rocky Mountain Oysters. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Colorado craft beer or Colorado Snowball and you’ll be living like a true Coloradoan!

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State Spotlight: Michigan

Pictured Rocks Kayaker Arch 2

Michigan has an abundance of water, beauty, and Travel Nursing jobs — making it a great spot for your next assignment!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to magnificent Michigan! The Great Lakes State is known for its beauty as well as its abundance of wonderful Travel Nursing career opportunities. Michigan has exciting cities, rolling hills, beautiful beaches, fascinating history, and so much more for you to explore on your days off. Read on to learn more about why Travel Nurse assignments in The Great Lakes State are totally great!

Travel Nursing in Michigan

State of MichiganMichigan is not only a beautiful state with lots to do and see on your days off, it also offers tons of career opportunities for Travel Nurses. In The Great Lakes State, you will discover an abundance of great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that let you build your resume and further develop your healthcare skills.

Michigan is home to more than 165 hospitals — 21 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018/2019 Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Michigan hospital, Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, which is nationally ranked in 14 specialties and 10 children’s specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in one adult specialties and nine procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Michigan are: Royal Oak’s Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak, Troy’s Beaumont Hospital-Troy, Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health-Butterworth and Blodgett Campuses, and Detroit’s DMC Harper University Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Michigan #37 overall, as well as #20 for opportunity and #22 for economy.

As for licensing, Michigan is not a walk-through state but it is a NURSYS state. As of August 2018, Michigan had legislation pending to be a compact state within the eNLC. Click here for more, up to date info on licensing in Michigan.

Michigan Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Great Lakes State or The Wolverine State

Capital: Lansing

Detroit Aerial Panorama

Some call it Motor City, some call it Rock City, but everyone loves Detroit!

Largest City: Detroit

National Parks: 5

State Parks: 103

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 53

State Motto:If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you.” 

State Flower: Apple Blossom

State Tree: Eastern White Pine

State Bird: American Robin

State Fossil: Mastodon

State Reptile: Painted Turtle

Michigan was the 26th state.

Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas are connected by the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge — one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.

In reference to its shape, Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is often dubbed “the mitten.”

Grand Haven, Michigan is known for its famous singing sand beaches, which give off a whistling sound when walked on.

Ginger ale (also the nation’s first soda pop), fiber optics, baby food, synthetic penicillin, hospital beds, three-color traffic lights, the middle lines on roadways, techno music, Detroit-style pizza, the Motown sound, home-based sales (think Tupperware parties), cereal, public works programs, radio news shows, paint-by-numbers kits, and the automobile assembly line were all invented in Michigan!

The Great Lakes make up about 20% of freshwater in the world.

Michigan is home to more than 129 lighthouses and navigational lights.

While The Wolverine State is one of Michigan’s enduring nicknames, there are no longer any wolverines in the state. 

Michigan is home to the longest freshwater shoreline in the world — it also has more shoreline period than any other state but Alaska.

Lighthouse at Lake Michigan

Betsie Point Lighthouse is just one of Michigan’s many adorable lighthouses!

Fittingly, Michigan boasts the most boat registrations in the nation.

In 1879, Detroit phone customers became the nation’s first to get assigned telephone numbers.

Michigan is the only state to touch four out of five Great Lakes.

Battle Creek, Michigan is known as the “Cereal Capital of the World.”

The bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald — memorialized in a famous Gordon Lightfoot song — is displayed at Michigan’s Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

The first tribal-owned casino in the nation was Kings Club Casino, created by the Ojibwe Indians of Bay Mills.

Famous folks from Michigan include Serena Williams, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepherd, Diana Ross, Ken Jeong, Tom Selleck, Magic Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Henry Ford, Jack White, Francis Ford Coppola, Lily Tomlin, Kid Rock, Charles Lindbergh, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Michael Moore, Jemele Hill, Madonna, Christie Brinkley, Gilda Radner, John Hughes, David Spade, Terry Crews, Burt Reynolds, Kate Upton, Potter Stewart, and Bob Seger.

The first soda pop in the U.S. was Vernor’s ginger ale — which was created accidentally in Detroit in 1866.

Indian River’s Cross in the Woods Catholic shrine features a 31-foot high crucifix — the largest crucifix in the world.

The nation’s first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall was the Kalamazoo Mall.

Henry Ford formed the Ford Motor Company in 1903 in Detroit.

Mackinac Island State Park was the nation’s first National Park before it was transferred to the state.

Deep underneath the city of Detroit, Michigan are 1,400 acres of salt mines.

Colon, Michigan considers itself the “Magic Capital of the World” and it hosts a magician convention every August.

The Michigan Triangle — akin to the Bermuda Triangle — stretches over Lake Michigan near Ludington, Benton Harbor, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and is the site of lots of plane and ship disappearances.

In addition to Henry Ford’s influence, Detroit was dubbed the Motor City because it boasted the first mile of concrete highway, the first four-way three-color traffic light, and the first urban freeway.

To Do & See in Michigan                        

Paradise Cove on Lake Superior, Michigan

Michigan is a water lover’s wonderland! This is beautiful Paradise Cove on Lake Superior.

The Great Lakes State has all kinds of diverse activities for Travelers to do and so many beautiful sights to see. There’s an abundance of water, outdoor recreation, unique attractions, interesting history, and so much more. Michigan is a truly magnificent place for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

For city lovers, Michigan’s largest cities include Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, and Lansing. Cities like these show off what makes Michigan such a great place to live, work, and play.

Detroit is the urban crown jewel of The Great Lakes State, with its easy access to great dining, shopping, sports, museums, and so much more. Many people know Detroit as Motor City, with its proud history of innovation in automobiles, roadways, and other trappings related to cars. For others, Motown may spring to mind, because of the city’s proud musical tradition. Explore these aspects of the city’s rich history at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation or at the Motown Museum.

Other fun stops in Detroit include Belle Isle Park, Hart Plaza, The Fox Theatre, Detroit Historical Society, Greektown, Camp Martius Park, Detroit Institute of Arts, The Heidelberg Project, Belle Isle Aquarium, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Riverfront and Detroit Riverwalk, Grand Circus Park, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, “The Fist” monument to Joe Louis, the Guardian Building, and so much more!

Some of the state’s other must-sees and dos include Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival, Holland’s Tulip Festival, Ann Arbor’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Grand Rapids’ Meyer May House and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, the Michigan State Capitol and Michigan History Center in Lansing, and more.

Lovely small towns and beach towns in Michigan to visit include Saugatuck, Frankenmuth, Copper Harbor, Petoskey, Tecumseh, South Haven, and Paradise. These towns offer quaint scenery, rich history, lots of fun and unique activities and festivals, and more. You can also check out some of the state’s 129-plus quaint lighthouses!

Sports fans will cheer for assignments in Michigan as you’ll get the chance to root for Detroit’s Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, and Pistons — not to mention the state’s many other awesome pro, semi-pro and college teams.

Serving Detroit style pizza

Detroit-style (or Sicilian-style) pizza is just one example of all the good eats to be had in Michigan!

When it comes to food, Michigan has a great deal of snack appeal — the state is known for its historic contributions to the potato chip and cereal industries, and when Vernors Ginger Ale was accidentally invented in 1866 by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor, it became the nation’s first soda pop!

Additionally, Michigan is known for its Detroit-style square pizza, cherries, apple cider and cider doughnuts, Cornish pasties, incredible Greek cuisine, paczkis (Polish doughnuts), Mackinac Island fudge, blueberries, whitefish, zip sauce, chipati, coney dog, and Frankenmuth chicken dinner. Wash it all down with a Faygo soda, Hummer cocktail, or an ice-cold Bell’s Oberon and you’ll be living like a true Michiganian!

If you love the great outdoors, The Great Lakes State is a perfect fit for you! Particularly for those fond of beach days, boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and other watersports, Michigan is a wonderland for water lovers. From any point in Michigan, you are never more than 85 miles from a Great Lake! Incredible activities, views, and to-dos for the outdoorsy include Mackinac Island, Porcupine Mountains, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Thunder Bay, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Iron Mountain, Tawas Point State Park, Belle Isle State Park, and so much more

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State Spotlight: Pennsylvania

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Find out why Pennsylvania is the perfect location for Travel Nurse champs!

This month’s State Spotlight takes us to phenomenal Pennsylvania! The Keystone State is loaded with exciting career opportunities for Travel Nurses as well as diverse terrain that includes farmland, forests, and mountains, historical cities, great food, and all kinds of fun stuff to do on your day off. Read on for some “major keys” on why Travel Nurse assignments in The Keystone State are amazing!        

Travel Nursing in Pennsylvania

State of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a phenomenal state for Travel Nursing!

Pennsylvania offers a steady inventory of Travel Nursing jobs for you to choose from. These are great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that let you beef up your resume and build your healthcare skills. Plus, The Keystone State is a gorgeous blend of city and country, with all kinds of exciting adventures to partake in on your days off. 

Pennsylvania is home to nearly 250 hospitals — 27 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes their #1-ranked Pennsylvania hospital, Philadelphia’s Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, which is nationally ranked in 11 specialties, in addition to being ranked “High Performing” in two more adult specialties and seven procedures/conditions. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Pennsylvania are: Pittsburgh’s UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Philadelphia’s Jefferson Health-Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Hershey’s Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and Allentown’s Lehigh Valley Hospital.    

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Pennsylvania #38 overall, as well as #16 for opportunity and #23 for healthcare.

As for licensing, Pennsylvania is not a walk-through state, a compact state, or a NURSYS state. Click here for more info on licensing in Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Fast Facts

Independence Hall of Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to tons of U.S. history!

State Nickname: The Keystone State or The Quaker State

Capital: Harrisburg

Largest City: Philadelphia

National Parks: 19

State Parks: 111

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 196

State Motto: “Virtue, liberty, and independence”

State Flower: Mountain Laurel

State Tree: Hemlock

State Animal: White-tailed Deer

State Dog: Great Dane

State insect: Firefly

Pennsylvania was the second state and one of the original 13 colonies.

For one season during World War II, the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers combined to become the Steagles!

The movie theater, Zippo lighters, the Slinky, bubblegum, Crayola crayons, bifocals, lightning rods, revolving doors, the smiley face emoticon, matchbooks, packaged condiments, pencils with attached erasers, the polio vaccine, odometers, gas stations, soda pop, Jeeps, the toilet paper roll, Choco Tacos, Monopoly, the Ferris Wheel, and even The United States of America were all invented in Pennsylvania!

Backpacking West Rim Trail Pennsylvania

Hike the beautiful West Rim Trail in Tioga State Park. The 30-mile trail overlooks Pine Creek Gorge and is considered the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

Pennsylvania was named in honor of William Penn’s dad, Admiral Sire William Penn, and the name means “Penn’s Woodland.”

Pennsylvania was famously once the seat of the federal government, from about 1776 to 1800.

Love them or hate them, Peeps are manufactured at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s Just Born Candy factory.

The first circulating library, The Library Company of Philadelphia, began in 1731. It was founded by Benjamin Franklin and partners.

Hershey, Pennsylvania is the Chocolate Capital of the U.S.

The world’s first commercial broadcast station, KDKA out of Pittsburgh, started daily broadcasts on November 2, 1920.

The United States’ first zoo was built in Philadelphia in 1876.

Betsy Ross created the first American flag in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania is home to the highest concentration of Amish in the country.

Pennsylvania is the only original colony that is not bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.

The first daily newspaper was published in Pennsylvania in 1784.

Famous folks from Pennsylvania include Meek Mill, Mister Rogers, Louisa May Alcott, Arnold Palmer, Taylor Swift, Tina Fey, Kobe Bryant, Grace Kelly, Kevin Hart, Amber Rose, Joan Jett, Jim Croce, Bret Michaels, Gillian Jacobs, Amanda Seyfried, Mac Miller, Bob Saget, Christine Taylor, Jack Palance, Kate Gosselin, Seth Green, Gene Kelly, Jimmy Stewart, Betsy Ross, Noam Chomsky, Billie Holiday, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Wilt Chamberlain, and Daniel Boone.      

Liberty Bell Detail

Crack goes the Liberty Bell!

Pennsylvania’s Indiana County has been dubbed the Christmas Tree Capital of the World.

Orefield, Pennsylvania is home to the oldest drive-in movie theater in the nation — Shankweiler’s Drive-In, which opened in 1934. 

Nazareth, Pennsylvania has been home to Martin Guitars since 1833. 

Hellam, Pennsylvania is home to the world’s largest shoe — which is also a house!

The first baseball stadium was built in 1909 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Rockville Bridge is the world’s longest stone arch bridge.

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is home to the all-knowing Punxsutawney Phil who gets his annual 15 minutes of fame each Groundhog Day, whether he sees his shadow or not!

James Buchanan was the only president to hail from Pennsylvania.

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is the Mushroom Capital of the World.

The world’s first computer was used in Philadelphia in 1946.

To Do & See in Pennsylvania

Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny National Forest is just one of Pennsylvania’s gorgeous great outdoors spots.

The Keystone State has tons for Travelers to do and see. There are the calm rolling hills, dramatic mountains, and several city centers offering excitement and history. Pennsylvania is a truly phenomenal place for your next adventure in Travel Nursing!

On the urban tip, Pennsylvania’s largest cities include Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie. Each of these cities represents what makes Pennsylvania such a great place to live, work, and play — with various bits of unique history, scintillating sports, divine drinks and eats, and so much more.

Yo, Adrian! Philadelphia is so much more than just Rocky’s hometown. Pennsylvania’s largest city is a wonderful place to brush up on history. You can tour Independence Hall (the birthplace of the United States), check out the Liberty Bell, jog up the “Rocky steps” and pose with the bronze statue of Balboa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, check out the many awesome museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, visit the vendors at Reading Terminal Market, explore South Philly’s Italian Market, kayak down the Schuylkill, and so much more!

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

The Keystone State is known for its famous Philly cheesesteaks and many other delicious eats!

You will, of course, want to snag a famous Philly Cheesesteak while in the city of brotherly love. Pat’s King of Steaks, Geno’s Steaks, Jim’s Steaks, Dalessandro’s Steaks and Hoagies, John’s Roast Pork, Steve’s Prince of Steaks, and Sonny’s Famous Steaks are some of the city’s best. (More on Pennsylvania food below!)

Some of the state’s other must-sees include Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater home south of Pittsburgh, Hershey’s Hersheypark — a chocolate-themed amusement park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Museum of Natural History Museum, and more.

Pennsylvania is also home to rich rolling hills dotted with farms and some bucolic small towns that make great day trips, including New Hope, Lititz, Doylestown, Strasburg, Wellsboro, Mars, and Boiling Springs. These towns offer quaint scenery, rich heritage, fun activities, great food, and more.

Pennsylvania’s York County has been dubbed the Snack Food Capital of the World thanks to the many popular snack brands made there. But whether you just want a nibble or a more substantial nosh, Pennsylvania is known for some delicious eats.

Valley Forge Sunset

Beautiful sunset at Valley Forge National Park!

In addition to snacks from the likes of Utz, Snyder’s of Hanover, Herr’s, and others, Pennsylvania is known for its soft pretzels, pierogies, Whoopie pies, scrapple, Peeps, Hershey’s chocolate, Lebanon bologna, apple butter, Tastykake, dippy eggs, pot pie, Old Forge-Style pizza, Stromboli, wedding soup, red beet eggs, mushroom strudel, Shoofly pie, Primanti Bros. sandwiches,  and, of course, famous Philly cheesesteaks. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Arnold Palmer or Yuengling beer and you’ll be living like a true Pennsylvanian!

Sports fans will cheer for assignments in Pennsylvania as you’ll get the chance to root for the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia 76ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Union, and tons of other great pro, semi-pro and college teams.

For lovers of the great outdoors, Pennsylvania does not disappoint. The Keystone State is a great place to hike the Allegheny Mountains, bike the Great Allegheny Passage, kayak the Susquehanna River, ski the Poconos Mountains, beach it up on Lake Erie, explore the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, and so much more.

Ready for your adventure to Pennsylvania?!

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Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs

Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs

Discover your destiny with these Top 7 Spots for Summer Travel Nursing Jobs!

Summer’s almost here and that means two things: the livin’ will be easy and tons of great Travel Nursing jobs will be at your fingertips!

This fair 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 nation.

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

Ready, set, go!

Couple in canoe on tranquil sunny summer lake

Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes, making it a great summer location for Travelers!

Minnesota

Summer is the absolute best time of the year to visit the Land of 10,000 Lakes! Minnesota summers are all about lakes, camping, festivals, fresh food, and fun. Canoe the boundary waters, shop the Mall of America, take in a Twins game, visit Minnehaha Falls, do a pilgrimage to Prince’s former home Paisley Park, rock out on First Avenue, kayak Lake Harriet or Lake Minnetonka, meet the famous Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox — and so much more. From exciting city streets to the majestic great outdoors, Minnesota is full of thrills for your next summer adventure!

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travel in LA

The Golden State is a hotspot for Travelers, whether you’re into rural or urban vibes!

California

California is on everyone’s bucket list for LOTS of reasons. California is such a popular Travel Nursing destination because 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. Everything from the Hollywood Hills to the wide-open Pacific Ocean to the Northern Cali mountains awaits. What are you waiting for? California is the perfect place for a summer adventure!

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

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Boston Boating

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

Massachusetts

The Bay State is home to an incredible coast which makes it a fabulous location for a summer Travel Nursing assignment! The state offers some of the best whale watching in the world and there’s no better time than summer to check that out. Enjoy Cape Cod, see a Red Sox game at historic Fenway Park, stroll The Freedom Trail, dine on fresh seafood ’til your heart’s content, visit spooky Salem, have cheers at the original Cheers bar, and explore all of the state’s amazing history. In addition to lots to do on your days off, Massachusetts is home to some of the nation’s top facilities, so there are professional development opportunities galore here!

Check out our Massachusetts State Spotlight to learn more about The Bay State.

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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!

New Jersey

Come summertime you want to get the Jersey Shore faster than you can say “Cabs are here!” The rumors are true: The Boss’ home state is totally boss! The Garden State is great place for Travelers to adventure and explore. Jersey offers lots of beautiful nature, including 127 miles of coastline and 72 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a great jumping off point for exploring the East Coast, and it’s no surprise that there’s an abundance of great eats throughout “the diner capital of the world.” There’s also a ton of great museums and truly intriguing history to check out in Jersey.

Check out our New Jersey State Spotlight to learn more about The Garden State.

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Tourist inside slot canyon, Arizona, USA

Arizona’s Slot Canyon is a sight to be seen!

Arizona

Some like it hot, and for them, Arizona is just the ticket in the summertime! The state has tons of great opportunity with its high aging population. In addition to a great selection of jobs, there is so much natural beauty to explore here, like happening Havisu Falls, amazing Antelope Canyon, mystical Sedona’s Cathedral Rock, Page’s majestic Horseshoe Bend, the iconic Grand Canyon, spectacular Saguaro National Park, magnificent Monument Valley, and so much more. After you work up an appetite in the great outdoors, relax with some of the stat5e’s awesome native and Tex-Mex food and have cheers with a fine prickly pear margarita!

Check out our Arizona State Spotlight to learn more about The Grand Canyon State.

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Ice cream lady

Ohio is a rocking place to enjoy great lakes, great food, and so much more!

Ohio

OH boy is Ohio a great destination for Travel Nurses! Great job opportunities, Great Lakes, and great activities for your days off. Into sports or music? Get your hall of fame game on fleek with a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland or the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Explore the state’s 70+ unique Native American burial mounds, the most famous being the Serpent Mound, treat yourself to some pierogis and kielbasa, and hop on some of the country’s craziest roller coasters at Cedar Point! Outdoor enthusiasts will for sure want to make a stop at the otherworldly Hocking Hills State Park, which has dramatic waterfalls, cliffs, and gorges galore.

Check out our Ohio State Spotlight to learn more about The Buckeye State.

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Virginia is for Lovers, state motto and welcome sign

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

Virginia

In addition to always having a lot of excellent job opportunities for Travel Nurses, Virginia has mountains, beaches, and lakes, which make it a great state to explore come summertime. Hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway for some of the best driving views in the nation, raise a glass of some of Virginia’s amazing home state wine, or jog on over to D.C. to visit the nation’s capital. History lovers will be totally thrilled with the abundance of historical sites this state has to offer as well, like Historic Jamestown and Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery, and so many more destinations.

Check out our Virginia State Spotlight to learn more about The Old Dominion State.

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BONUS LOCATION! Did you know that Wisconsin is home to 14,000-plus lakes?! Check out this month’s State Spotlight on Wisconsin for another great summer location!

Wanna head somewhere else this summer? Click here to search all locations to find your perfect summer Travel Nursing job!