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8 Great Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

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The season of new beginnings is the perfect time to find a fresh, new Travel Nursing job! Find your match with our list of 8 Great Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs!

The promise of a fresh, new season chock-full of pretty flowers and warmer temps really makes you want to ditch your winter coat and winter ways! There’s no better time than the season of new beginnings to find your next fabulous career adventure. That’s why we put together this guide of 8 Great Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs. Read on for spring location inspiration, then spin your compass and go live your best life this spring!

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

Virginia is known for compelling history, beautiful beaches, and wonderful wine — just to name a few of the state’s great features.  This compact is home to many great hospitals as well as historical sites like Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown settlement, and tons more! Being next door to D.C. means you’ll probably be able to explore the nation’s capital too, depending upon where your job is. The Old Dominion State is also a dream for the outdoorsy, with it ample beaches, beautiful state parks, and scenic attractions like the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Mountains, James River, and so much more!

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

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6 Sweet Spring Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs Texas

San Antonio’s Riverwalk is a great place to take a spring stroll.

Texas

Ready to mess with Texas? The Lone Star State has all kinds of great opportunities for Travel Nurses, from big cities to peaceful ranchland to sweet small towns. Spring is the best time to take a job in Texas, but it gets spring on earlier than most places in the nation and you’re able to enjoy exploring before the crazy-hot summer temps roll in. From pro sports to museums to history to the great outdoors, there is so much to do, see, and love about Texas. Keep it weird in Austin, stroll the San Antonio Riverwalk, see the Cowboys in Dallas, remember (to visit) The Alamo, and reach for the stars at the Houston Space Center. The Tex-Mex and BBQ are off the chain here too — so raise your margarita glass to the idea of spending spring in The Lone Star State!

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Stone Bridge with Waterfall

Get your adventure on in outstanding Ohio!

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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Start spreadin’ the news … New York totally rules!

New York

Ready for an amazing adventure in one of the nation’s greatest states? You know what they say, if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere. It’s like that saying was made with Travel Nurses in mind! New York is chock-full of Travel Nurse job opportunities and, obviously, an amazing array of things to keep you busy on your days off. Take a big ol’ bite out of The Big Apple and explore NYC’s world-class dining, shopping, sightseeing, theater, sports, and so much more. And while we all think of the big city first, New York also offers some smaller and mid-sized cities that might be just right for you. Not to mention some seriously beautiful options for those who love to get out in nature, like the Finger Lakes, Montauk, Niagara Falls, and so much more!

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

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Kansas City

Missouri is in bloom in the spring months!

Missouri  

The Show-Me State is a beautiful combination of urban excitement and outdoors adventure. The abundance of Travel Nurse jobs make it a fabulous place to find your next opportunity and you’ll never be bored on your day off! St. Louis and Kansas City are the big two if you’re into the great dining, sports, museums, music, and so much more offered in these urban centers. But Midwestern charm and scenery abound statewide in Missouri. The state also has same really great amusement parks, more than 6,400 caves to explore, gorgeous state parks, the famous Lake of the Ozarks, and so much for you to check out this spring!

Learn more about The Show-Me State in our Missouri State Spotlight.  

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Get your beach on in sunny Florida!

Florida  

Where better to go to kick-start spring than beautiful, sunny Florida?! Hit the beach early this year while the rest of the country is just starting to dip their toes back into their sandal collection! Savor a Cuban sandwich in Miami, explore the canals in Fort Lauderdale (known as the Venice of Florida!), track down Mickey and his crew in Orlando, and explore beautiful Dry Tortugas National Park. Lovers of beaches, boating, seafood, and sunshine will absolutely love it here. The orange juice is fresh and the jobs are abundant here! Because of its high population of elderly residents, Florida consistently has loads of great Travel Nursing jobs to choose from — making it a great state to build your resume and enhance your skills in!

Check out our Florida State Spotlight to learn more about The Sunshine State.

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Horseshoe Bend

Just another gorgeous Arizona sunset at Horseshoe Bend!

Arizona

Arizona is a compact state and a beautiful place to explore this spring! Check out otherworldly natural beauty like the Grand Canyon, Slot Canyon, the Sonoran Desert, mystical Sedona, Havasu Falls, Lake Mead, Saguaro National Park, Horseshoe Bend, and so much more! The temps are perfect in Arizona in springtime and the jobs are always plentiful in this state with a high population of elderly folks. In Mesa, Arizona you can get even more in the spring spirit with the many Major League Baseball teams that do their spring training here.

Learn more about The Grand Canyon State with our Arizona State Spotlight.

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Come explore California!

California   

California is basically an all-season wonder when it comes to Travel Nursing. This state always offers an abundance of Travel Nurse jobs due to its strict nurse to patient ratio and labor laws, which is good for nurses and patients alike and means lots of opportunity for Travelers! Of course, California’s amazing, diverse geography and world-famous sights and attractions don’t hurt either! Sample the wine in Sonoma and Napa, gaze at the Redwoods or ski up north, marvel at the Hollywood sign, take a dip in beachy San Diego, and explore quirky San Francisco. Cali has it all, which means there’s no end to the fun and adventure here!

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

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Itching to go elsewhere this spring? Click here now to search jobs in all 50 states by specialty, title, and location!

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State Spotlight: Ohio

Stone Bridge with Waterfall

Get your adventure on in outstanding Ohio!

I am OH so excited to focus this month’s State Spotlight on outstanding Ohio! Get ready to learn about the three Cs — Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati (home to one of Medical Solutions’ five offices!) — and so much more. The Buckeye State has so much goodness in store for Travel Nurses, from Great Lakes to even greater job opportunities. Read on to find out why-oh-why-oh-why-oh Travel Nurses love Ohio!

Travel Nursing in Ohio

State of Ohio

OH my goodness, does Ohio ever offer a ton of great adventure and opportunity for Travel Nurses!

Demand for nurses is high in Ohio, which means tons of great Travel nursing jobs. In addition to great job opportunities at Traveler-friendly hospitals that allow you the chance to build your resume and enhance your skills, The Buckeye State offers all kinds of fun things to do, see, and experience when you’re off the clock. Ohio has gorgeous natural scenery, exciting cities, and so much more for you to explore!

Ohio is home to 13 health systems and about 200 hospitals — 26 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 Ohio hospital, the world-famous Cleveland Clinic, which is nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties and 9 pediatric specialties. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Ohio are: Cleveland’s University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Columbus’ Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital, and Cincinnati’s Christ Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best States” list ranked Ohio #25 in opportunity and #18 for crime and corrections. And, according to Wallet Hub, Ohio has low cost of living, the seventh-largest state economy by GDP and an unemployment rate of just 4.8 percent, plus, The Buckeye State is home to 25 Fortune 500 companies.

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

Ohio Fast Facts

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Cleveland Rocks, Cleveland Rocks!

State Nickname: The Buckeye State (aka The Mother of Presidents, The Heart of It All, The Birthplace of Aviation)

Capital: Columbus

Largest City: Columbus

National Parks: 8

State Parks: 74

National Historic Landmarks: 72

State Motto: “With God, all things are possible.”

State Flower: Scarlet Carnation

State Tree: Buckeye

State Gem: Ohio Flint

State Bird: Cardinal

Ohio was the 17th state.

When it comes to famous home-state inventions, Ohio has the deck pretty stacked considering one Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio! But The Buckeye State also boasts a lot of other great inventors as well. The lightbulb, phonograph, early motion picture camera, automobile, electric car motor, vulcanized rubber, pop-top can, cash register, Teflon, Lifesavers, golf balls, Quaker oatmeal, gas masks, Superman, and of course, the airplane were all invented in Ohio.

The nation’s first pro baseball team was the Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869.

In 1914, Cleveland had the first traffic light.

Before he launched his infamous TV show, Jerry Springer was the mayor of Cincinnati.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland.

Ohio lays claim to having pioneered the first chewing gum in 1869 and the first hot dog in 1900.

Ohio is known as “The Birthplace of Aviation” because the Wright Brothers, out of Dayton, Ohio, invented the first airplane.

Fittingly, with its grand history of aviation, Ohio is the home of 25 astronauts, including John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon.

Fostoria, Ohio is the only city to be located in three different counties.

Akron, Ohio is the rubber capital of the world. Akron’s native son Charles Goodyear pioneered the process of vulcanizing rubber in 1839.

Founded in 1833, Oberlin College was the first interracial and coeducational college in the nation.

Ohio is sometimes known as the “Mother of Presidents” or the “Mother of Modern Presidents,” as the state has sent a whopping eight native Ohioans to The White House.

The largest basket in the world — it’s the size of a building! — is located in Dresden, Ohio’s Basket Village USA.

About 50 percent of the entire U.S. population lives within a 500-mile radius of Columbus, Ohio.

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Ohio is the only state that doesn’t have a rectangular flag!

Ohio is home to the highest concentrations of Amish people.

In 1879, Cleveland became the first city to be lit by electricity.

Famous folks from Ohio include Jesse Owens, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Thomas Edison, Erma Bombeck, Lebron James, Steven Spielberg, Dave Grohl, Clark Gable, Dean Martin, Cy Young, Doris Day, Annie Oakley, Jack Nicklaus, Arsenio Hall, Pete Rose, R.L. Stine, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Bob hope, Halle Berry, Drew Carey, Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison, Paul Newman, Ted Turner, Stephen Curry, Simone Biles, Marilyn Manson, and Tecumseh.

Not to be outdone by the loch Ness Monster, Ohio has the Lake Erie Monster — AKA Bessie — a serpent-like creature that’s been spotted by many.

Ohio’s state flag is the only one in the nation that’s not a rectangle shape.

Cleveland DJ Alan Freed was the one who coined the term “rock and roll.”

Cleveland was home to the first-ever police car in 1899, which reached a top speed of 18 MPH.

The first-ever Superman comics were created in Cleveland, Ohio.

To Do & See in Ohio

Ohio has tons of great history and a cool combo of unique urban and rural areas, as well as smaller towns, to explore and call your home for 13 weeks.

On the urban tip, Ohio’s largest cities include Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, and Dayton — which offer all kinds of fun entertainment, delicious dining, supreme shopping, amazing art, cool culture, scintillating sports, and more.

History comes alive here with a visit to the birthplace of famous American inventor Thomas Edison in Milan, Ohio. History buffs will also want to check out the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, and many presidential homes.

The state also has 70+ Indian mounds, which were burial sites of the Adena and Hopewell tribes who lived in southern and central Ohio from roughly 3,000 BCE through the 16th century. The Serpent Mound near Chillicothe, Ohio is the most dramatic and well-known of the mounds; it’s also the largest effigy earthwork worldwide at 1,370-feet long! Other intriguing mound sites include the Hopewell Cultural National Historic Site, Newark Earthworks, and the Miamisburg Mound.

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Serpent Mound is Ohio’s most famous of its 70+ Native American mounds.

Ohio is home to famed amusement parks like Cedar Point — basically heaven for roller coaster lovers — Coney Island, and Kings Island. And if you’re into the hall of fame game, Ohio’s got you covered with Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame! There’s also the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Great Lakes Science Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, German Village in Columbus, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and last but not least — you can visit the house from A Christmas Story in Cleveland, which is now a museum with film memorabilia!

Speaking of sports, Ohio is obviously a huge state for college football, with its eight NCAA Division I teams. Pro sports also abound in Ohio, with plenty of opportunities to catch games of the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, and Ohio Machine.

Ohio’s famous for eats like peanut butter-chocolate Buckeyes, Cincinnati or Skyline Chili, Ohio Lemon Pie, Goetta Hash, pierogis, kielbasa and Polish Boys, City Chicken (which is actually made of pork), popcorn, fired lake perch, baby Swiss cheese, Cleveland BBQ, and corned beef. Wash it all down with a fine glass of tomato juice (the state beverage!) or a nice Bloody Mary and you’ll be living like a true Ohioan!

If you’re into embracing the great outdoors, Ohio is a great place to do that! Hocking Hills State Park has majestic waterfalls, cliffs, and gorges, with lots of chances to swim, fish, hike, bike, and more. There’s also Lake Erie, which Toledo and Cleveland are situated near, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Mohican State Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, South Bass Island, and so much more!

Ready for your adventure to Ohio?!

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State Spotlight: Virginia

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Spread your Travel nurse wings in Virginia!

Since February is undoubtedly the month of love, and everybody knows that “Virginia is for Lovers,” February’s State Spotlight takes us to the very cool state of Virginia! The Old Dominion State is a wonderful option for Travelers, with its abundance of Travel Nurse job opportunities, Traveler-friendly facilities, and an amazing assortment of things to do, see, and experience throughout the region on your days off. Read on to find out why so many Travel Nurses fall head over heels for Virginia!

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Virginia is for Lovers — and Travel Nurses!

Travel Nursing in Virginia

Virginia sits adjacent to our nation’s capital in a busy region that means lots of jobs for Travel Nurses. The Old Dominion State consistently has lots of really great job opportunities for Travelers where they can build their skills and resume, while also having some seriously life-changing experiences on their days off. Virginia has everything from cute, quaint towns to big city excitement to offer Travelers.

Virginia is home to nearly 130 hospitals — 19 of which meet high enough standards to be ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list. That includes Charlottesville’s University of Virginia Medical Center, which U.S. News & World Report ranked the #1 hospital in Virginia. Rounding out the top five overall best hospitals in Virginia are: Norfolk’s Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Roanoke’s Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Richmond’s VCU Medical Center, and Lynchburg’s Centra Lynchburg General Hospital.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Virginia the #11 overall state on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, healthcare, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report also ranked Virginia #2 among the top states for government, #11 for opportunity, #10 for education, and #25 for healthcare.

Virginia is also known for having some great cities to call home — for an assignment or two! Livability named Charlottesville the #5 Best Place to live in 2017 and National Geographic named it among the Best Small Cities in the U.S. Roanoke is a seven-time All-America City, per the National Civic League, and Livability also named it among 2018 Best Affordable Places to Live.

As for licensing, Virginia is not a walk-through state, but it is a NURSYS state and a compact state under the new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact! Click here for more info on licensing in Virginia.

Virginia Fast Facts

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Virginia Beach is an amazing spot for sun, sand, and fun along the boardwalk!

State Nickname: The Old Dominion State

Capital: Richmond

Largest City: Virginia Beach

National Parks: 22

State Parks: 37

National Historic Landmarks: 121

State Motto: “Sic Semper Tyrannis” meaning “Thus always to tyrants”

State Flower and Tree: Dogwood

State Fish: Brook Trout

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Virginia’s state tree and state flower is the beautiful Dogwood!

State Shell: Oyster

State Bird: Cardinal

Virginia was the 10th state.

Chapstick, streaking, U.S. patent grants, the modern microphone, over the counter enemas and laxatives, the first successful electric streetcar, the first fraternity, the mechanical reaper for grain, the Smallpox vaccine needle, the first law school, and swivel chairs were all invented in Virginia.

No wonder Virginia is for lovers! The 1987 fan favorite film Dirty Dancing was filmed almost entirely at Pembroke, Virginia’s Mountain Lake Lodge, which still offers a “Dirty Dancing Package” for fans and has a stone monument to Patrick Swayze.

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in America and was also Virginia’s original capital.

Virginia is dubbed the “Mother of Presidents” because it’s produced more U.S. presidents than any other state. The eight U.S. presidents born in Virginia are: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

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Pharrell Williams is one of Virginia’s famous sons.

In colonial Virginia, many elections were decided by which candidate provided voters with the most free food and alcohol. It’s estimated that when he ran for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1758, George Washington provided nearly a half-gallon of alcohol to each voter!

Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, Monticello, is the nation’s only private home to be named a United Nations World Heritage site.

Although there’s no proof of hobbit heritage, in 1634, Virginia was the only colony that was divided into shires. A few years later, the shires were rechristened as counties.

Virginia is also sometimes known as “the birthplace of a nation” since the American Revolution ended in Yorktown with the surrender of British General Cornwallis.

Kentucky and West Virginia were created out of sections of Virginia.

Virginia was named for Elizabeth I, England’s “Virgin Queen.”

Founded in 1693, Williamsburg’s College of William and Mary is the nation’s second-oldest college. (Harvard is the oldest.)

The first peanut crop in the U.S. was grown in Virginia.

More than 2,200 of the 4,000 battles fought in the Civil War were fought in Virginia.

The Pentagon in Arlington is the world’s largest office building, with twice the office space of the Empire State Building.

More Pentagon trivia: The Pentagon has some 68,000 miles of internal telephone lines — enough to stretch from Florida to Washington state more than 22 times!

Famous folks from Virginia include Katie Couric, Rob Lowe, Gabby Douglas, Warren Beatty, Wanda Sykes, Ella Fitzgerald, Jason Sudekis, Pharell, Arthur Ashe, Patsy Cline, Wayne Newton, Aimee Mann, Neko Case, June Carter Cash, Pocahontas, George Washington, Missy Elliott, Sandra Bullock, George C. Scott, and Shirley MacLaine, Patton Oswalt, and Tom Wolfe.

Carriage Ride through Colonial Williamsburg

A carriage ride through quaint, Colonial Williamsburg!

At 301 acres, Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the world.

North America’s first Thanksgiving was held in 1619 in Virginia.

Native American tribes that lived in Virginia included the Cherokee, Powhatan, Manahoac, Meherrin, Monacan, Nahyssan, Nottaway, Occaneechi, Saponi, Shawnee, and Tutelo.

Tobacco is Virginia’s biggest cash crop and the industry employs many Virginians.

Wild ponies roam the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, and have done so for centuries.

At 18 miles. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is the largest bridge-tunnel complex in the world.

Virginia is known as the Internet Capital due to estimates that 70 percent of all internet traffic happens via Virginia data centers.

To Do & See in Virginia

Monticello with tulips in foreground

President Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, is pretty in spring.

Virginia is known for its incredible natural beauty, multitude of historical sites, and proximity to many east coast hotspots. There’s a ton of great activities to do and beautiful, awe-inspiring things to see there!

On the urban tip,Virginia’s largest cities include Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Newport News, and Alexandria — offering all kinds of great entertainment, dining, shopping, art, culture, nightlife, and more.

History abounds throughout the Old Dominion state and history buffs will absolutely love it here. Visit sites like Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Mount Vernon, the Richmond State Capitol, the Jamestown settlement, the Yorktown battlefield, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknowns, and so many others for intriguing glimpses into our nation’s history.

Virginia Beach is the perfect place for lovers of sand, sun, and fun! Just east of Norfolk this expansive stretch of beach also boasts amusement parks, a boardwalk, and all kinds of beachy fun. Check out the Ocean Breeze Water Park, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, and so much more!

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Most people don’t know that Virginia has quite the winery scene. Cheers!

Virginia is also known for some downright delicious cuisine like peach cobbler, apple pie, Brunswick stew, Chesapeake Bay crabs, deviled eggs, homegrown peanuts, apple butter, stone-ground pancakes, oysters, ham biscuits, and Smithfield county ham with all the fixins like greens, black-eyed peas, and cornbread. Wash it all down with a fine glass of fabulous, regional Virginia wine and you’ll be living like a true Virginian!

Outdoorsy adventurers will love that Virginia has everything from beaches to mountains to lakes and more, with a generally fairly temperate climate. Virginia’s abundance of fishing, boating, hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing, and many other outdoors activities are sure to satisfy. Don’t miss out on the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah Caverns, False Cape State Park, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, James River, and so much more!

Ready for your adventure to Virginia?!

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State Spotlight: Arizona

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Sunrise at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim in amazing Arizona. Let your next Travel Nurse adventure take you there!

As frigid temps persist throughout much of the nation this winter, January’s State Spotlight takes us to amazing Arizona! The Grand Canyon State is a perfect option for Travelers, with its diverse, plentiful natural beauty and warm temps, seasonally driven need for healthcare staff, Traveler-friendly facilities, and an amazing assortment of things to do, see, and experience on your days off. Read on to find out why Travel Nursing in Arizona is a truly grand and unforgettable experience!

State of Arizona

Get to know The Grand Canyon State!

Travel Nursing in Arizona

Due in part to its status as a popular retirement state and place to winter, Arizona is a busy state for Travel Nurses. The Grand Canyon State consistently has lots of really great job opportunities for Travelers where they can build their skills and resume, while also having some amazing experiences on their days off. Arizona has everything from big city beaten paths to quiet desert moments in store for you.

Arizona is home to nearly 100 hospitals — six of which are nationally ranked in various adult and children’s specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report. That includes Phoenix’s Mayo Clinic Phoenix, which U.S. News & World Report ranked the #1 hospital in Arizona. Rounding out the top six overall hospitals in Arizona are: Phoenix’s Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, Tucson’s Banner University Medical Center Tucson, Phoenix’s Banner Estrella Medical Center, Flagstaff’s Flagstaff Medical Center, and Phoenix’s St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Horseshoe Bend

Just another gorgeous Arizona sunset at Horseshoe Bend!

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Arizona the #34 overall state on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report also ranked Arizona #12 among the top states for infrastructure, #19 for economy, and #28 for healthcare. Arizona is also known as having a low cost of living and Livability.com and Money Magazine have both ranked Scottsdale, Arizona as one of the best cities to live in the nation.

As for licensing, Arizona is a walk-through state, a NURSYS state, and a compact state under the new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact! Stay tuned here for more info on the NLC to eNLC transition. Click here for more info on licensing in Arizona.

Arizona Fast Facts

Saguaro Cactus in Bloom

A beautiful Saguaro Cactus in bloom!

State Nickname: The Grand Canyon State

Capital: Phoenix

Largest City: Phoenix

National Parks: 22

State Parks: 35

National Historic Landmarks: 45

State Motto: “Ditat Dues” meaning “God enriches”

State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom

State Tree: Palo Verde

State Amphibian: The Arizona Treefrog

State Gem: Turquoise

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Serene turquoise is Arizona’s state gem.

State Metal: Copper

State Bird: Cactus Wren

Arizona was the 48th state — the last in the contiguous U.S. to enter the union when it joined on February 14, 1912.

Pima cotton, Ping golf clubs, jet skis, the Miranda Warning (AKA Miranda Rights), endrochronology (AKA tree ring dating), TASERs, rubberized asphalt concrete, Keystone Kool Decks for swimming pools, and the humble and delicious chimichanga were all invented in Arizona.

The (former) planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Arizona is the largest copper producing state in the U.S.

The Navajo Nation in Arizona represent the largest Native American reservation in the nation. It covers more than 27,400 square miles throughout Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico — making it larger than 10 of the nation’s 50 states!

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Mystical, magical rock goddess Stevie Nicks is from Arizona!

Arizona is home to nearly 4,000 mountain peaks and summits.

Sells, Arizona is home to the world’s largest solar telescope at Kitts Peak National Observatory.

Southern Arizona sees sunshine 85% of the time!

Arizona is one of the Four Corners states — where you can stand in four states at once where the borders of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona meet.

It can take up to 50 years for a Saguaro Cactus to grow one arm, and they can grow to be up to 50 feet tall and live to be 200 years old.

Arizona, which is in Mountain Time, does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Arizona’s Grand Canyon is 227 miles long and a mile deep, with an average width of 10 miles.

The name Arizona is derived from a native phrase meaning “place of small springs.”

In the 20 years after air conditioning was made widely available, the number of Arizona residents nearly tripled.

The first barrel of U.S.-produced tequila came from San Andres Distillery in Nogales, Arizona in 1936.

Famous folks from Arizona include Stevie Nicks, Emma Stone, Linda Ronstadt, Gabby Giffords, Glen Campbell, Chief Geronimo, Cochise, Wyatt Earp, John McCain, Sandra Day O’Connor, David Spade, Steven Spielberg, Kerry Strug, Charles Mingus, Barry Goldwater, Alice Cooper, Tanya Tucker,

The metropolitan Phoenix area is home to about two-thirds of all Arizona residents.

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See the actual London Bridge in Arizona of all places. For real!

The bolo tie became Arizona’s official state neckwear in 1971.

Southeast of Flagstaff, Arizona is home to the Meteor Crater — a mile-long crater that came about when a meteor slammed into the Earth with the force of 150 atomic bombs some 50,000 years ago.

Skydive Arizona is the largest skydiving center in the world, boasting around 135,000 jumps each year.

The world’s largest rose bush is in Tombstone, Arizona. Planted in 1885, it has a circumference of 12 feet and covers an area of 9,000 square feet.

What happened to the London Bridge after it was famously falling down, falling down? It was reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona!

Arizona’s state fish, the Apache Trout, can only be found in the state’s White Mountain range. It exists nowhere else in the world.

To Do & See in Arizona

Tourist inside slot canyon, Arizona, USA

Slot Canyon is a sight to be seen!

Arizona is known as one of the nation’s literal hotspots. There’s so much variety in landscape, natural beauty, urban excitement, and things to do and see there!

On the urban tip, Arizona’s largest cities include Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Gilbert, and Tempe — offering all kinds of great entertainment, dining, shopping, art, culture, nightlife, and more.

Phoenix, Arizona’s capital and largest city, boast Camelback Mountain, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo, Piestewa Peak, South Mountain Park, Head Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum, Arizona Science Center, Papago Park, and so much more!

Fans of “America’s Pastime” will be interested in Mesa, Arizona, where some 10 Major League Baseball squads do spring training and compete in the Arizona Cactus League. Sports at-large fan will also want to take in a game or two with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, and Phoenix Mercury. Golf lovers will also be quite pleased to hit the links in the golf-friendly state!

Deep Fried Beef Chimichanga Burrito

The humble and delicious chimichanga originated in Arizona!

Arizona also offers unique, delicious cuisine with a heavy Mexican and Native American influence, like posole, Navajo tacos, chimichangas, Piki bread, Sonoran hot dogs, tamales, Eegees’ ranch fries, cheese crisps, elotes, and more varieties of salsa than you can shake a stick at. Wash it all down with an ice-cold glass of sun tea or a prickly pear cactus margarita and you’ll be living like a true Arizonian!

Adventurers will jump at the chance to try skydiving, and what better place than Skydive Arizona — the largest skydiving center in the world, located in the scenic Sonoran Desert between Phoenix and Tucson. If you’d really like to enjoy the view but aren’t ready to take the leap, try a helicopter or hot air balloon ride. There’s no better, more adventurous way to see Arizona’s gorgeous landscape!

When it comes the outdoors, The Grand Canyon is an absolute must-see when it comes to taking an assignment in Arizona. Additionally, you may want to check out the magical red rocks of Sedona, majestic Monument Valley, and the sensational Sonoran Desert, with it’s almost otherworldly flora and fauna. Not to mention Havasu Falls, Antelope Canyon, Petrified Forest National Park, Lake Mead, Oak Creek Canyon, Saguaro National Park, and so many other gorgeous natural attractions. Rock climbing, hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding — if you want outdoors adventure, Arizona will deliver and the weather’s almost certain to be sunny!

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State Spotlight: Florida

Florida Travel NursingAs temps take a dive nationwide, December’s State Spotlight takes us to fabulous Florida! The Sunshine State is a perfect option for Travelers, with its excellent facilities, seasonal need for more healthcare staff, opportunity for professional development, and an amazing assortment of things to do, see, and experience on your days off. Read on to find out why Florida Travel Nursing is one of the hottest tickets around!

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Florida is a busy, lucrative state for Travel Nurses because of its super high number of hospitals and high population of elderly folks. Because of this, The Sunshine State consistently has lots of really great job opportunities for Travelers where they will learn new skills and have some amazing experiences on their days off. Florida offers a lot of geographic diversity — from big-city flair to quaint, rural communities to state and national parks, plus a famously gorgeous bunch of beaches, to boot.

Florida is home to 315 hospitals — seven of which are nationally ranked in various adult and children’s specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report. That includes Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, which U.S. News & World Report ranked the #1 hospital in Florida. Rounding out the top five overall hospitals in Florida are: Tampa’s General Hospital, Gainesville’s UF Health Shands Hospital, Orlando’s Florida Hospital, and the Orlando Regional Medical Center.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida the #24 overall state on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report also ranked Florida #7 among the top states for economy, #9 for government, and #11 for infrastructure.

As for licensing, Florida is not a walk-through state, but it is a NURSYS state, and, effective January 19, 2018, it will be a compact state under the new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact! Stay tuned here for more info on the NLC to eNLC transition. Click here for more info on licensing in Florida.

Florida Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Sunshine State

Capital: Tallahassee

Largest City: Jacksonville

National Parks: 11

State Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites: 175

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Manatees rule!

National Historic Landmarks: 46

State Motto: “In God We Trust”

State Flower: Orange Blossom

State Tree: Sabal Palm

State Marine Mammal: Manatee

State Beverage: Orange Juice

State Pie: Key Lime Pie

State Gem: Moonstone

Florida was the 27th state.

Key lime pie, sunscreen, Famous Amos Cookies, Gatorade, frozen concentrated orange juice, the IBM personal computer, personal luxury submarines, bondo, air conditioning, Hooters, Red Lobster, and Rum Runner cocktails were all invented in Florida.

Saint Augustine, Florida is the oldest continuing European settlement in the North America.

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Fort Lauderdale is known as “The Venice of Florida” for its many canals!

Orlando is the United States’ most-visited amusement park destination.

Niceville, Florida is home to the annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival — an important celebration of business in the front, party in the back!

Because necessity is the mother of invention, pharmacist Benjamin Greene invented the first suntan cream in 1944 in Miami Beach.

Key West, Florida is home to the highest average temperature in the United States.

Miami was the first city to install an ATM especially for rollerbladers.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida is dubbed “The Venice of America” due to its 185 miles of local waterway canals.

From any point in Florida, you are never more than 60 miles from the ocean!

Islamorado is the Sports Fishing Capital of the World.

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RIP to Florida native and rock legend Tom Petty!

Key Largo is known as the Dive Capital of the World.

Florida is the only U.S. state that has two separate rivers with the same name — Withlacoochee in north Florida and Withlacoochee in central Florida.

Greater Miami is the only U.S. metro area that’s borders encompass two national parks — Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.

Famous folks from Florida include Tom Petty (RIP!), Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, Debbie Harry, Sidney Poitier, Rick Ross, Bob Ross, Wesley Snipes, Pitbull, Faye Dunaway, Marco Rubio, Norman Reedus, Jim Morrison, Eva Mendes, Maya Rudolph, Sarah Paulson, and, of course, Flor Rida!

Key West, Florida has the most bars per capita in the nation.

Florida has more golf courses than any other state in the U.S.

The Florida Everglades is the only place in the world where crocs and alligators coexist.

Florida’s St. Johns River is the state’s largest river and one of only a few major rivers that flows south to north.

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Sunset at Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami!

To Do & See in Florida

Florida is well-known as a paradise destination. There’s so much to do and see, and The Sunshine State is the perfect place to escape the deep freeze of winter!

On the urban tip, Florida’s largest cities include Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Tallahassee, Port St. Lucia, Cape Coral, and Fort Lauderdale. The region is home to all kinds of beaches, history, sports, theme parks, natural beauty, arts, and culture.

Popular destinations in Florida include Walt Disney World, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios Orlando, Islands of Adventure, the Florida Keys, Everglades National Park, Miami’s South Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Dry Tortugas National Park, Jungle Island, Daytona International Speedway, and so much more!

Arts and culture enthusiasts will want to check out Key West’s Ernest Hemingway House and St. Petersburg’s Salvador Dali Museum.

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Mmmmm, Key Lime Pie!

Sports fan will delight in the many awesome college teams as well as pro sporting events with teams like the Florida Marlins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida Panthers, and Tamps Bat Lightning. Additionally, if you’re into NASCAR and/or golf — Florida is your jam!

A day at the beach can really work up an appetite and Florida delivers good eats! Some iconic Florida cuisine includes Stone Crab claws, Florida Rock Shrimp, fresh oranges and kumquats, Apalachicola oysters, gator bites, conch fritters, fish tacos, Cubano sandwiches — and all other kinds of Cuban delights, spiny lobster, and more. Key Lime Pie is what’s for dessert, of course, and you can wash it all down with a marvelous Mojito!

For the outdoorsy, Florida obviously offers and amazing array of beautiful beaches, but that’s not all. Adventurers can also take an Everglades airboat ride, swim with manatees, snorkel, kayak, scuba dive, go boating, ziplining, fishing, and so much more.

Ready for your adventure to The Sunshine State?!

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8 Wonderful Winter Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs

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8 Wonderful Winter Locations for Travel Nursing Jobs! Where will your winter adventures take you?!

As temperatures cool and the holiday season heats up, there are so many amazing places to venture to for your 2017/2018 winter wonderland!

Whether you seek a home for the holidays or a new start come January 2018, you should start your job search now. Many Travelers take time off around the holidays, so there’s always a mad rush to find a new travel job in early January. The smart move is to steer clear of the rush and increased competition by securing your winter job now.

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

Florida

Welcome to Florida USA

Fight off Seasonal Affective Disorder and find your winter paradise in The Sunshine State!

Florida is full of fun and excellent Travel Nurse jobs! With the sunniest winter climate in the nation’s east and the highest January temps in the country, this is a great place to land if you’re just not that into the whole winter thing. The Sunshine State has it all — gorgeous beaches, toasty temps, and tons to do and see. Explore Epcot, the Everglades, Dry Tortugas National Park, Disney World, the Florida Keys, Kennedy Space Center, Islands of Adventure, Miami Beach, and so much more. Orange you glad you’re a Travel Nurse, so you can go explore Florida this winter?!

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California

California Wine

California wine country is just one of The Golden State’s gorgeous locales.

Cali is king when in comes to Travel Nursing. 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 a few months at a time. From geography to activities, California really has wide range of options. From skiing, surfing, and climbing to shopping, spas, and wine tastings, this state is a true crowd-pleaser. Learn more about this magnificent state in our California State Spotlight.

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Georgia

Savannah, Georgia, USA

Georgia’s a peachy keen place for Travel Nurses!

If Georgia’s on your mind, I like the way you think! The Peach State is another place where Travel Nurse jobs are lucrative and many. Its mild climate makes it a fabulous choice for winter, and there’s tons to do is this state that’s simply chock-full of history, natural beauty, sporting events, theme parks, outdoors activities, and scrumptious southern food. From beaches to swamplands to mountaintops, Georgia has something for every Traveler and it’s always a hit! Learn more about the sweet Peach State in our Georgia State Spotlight.

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Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio, TX

Remember, in addition to The Alamo, there’s tons to do and see in Texas!

They say everything’s bigger and better in Texas — and many Travel Nurses know this to be true! From Travel Nursing job opportunities to activities for your days off, Texas is a pretty great place to be. The temps in winter typically stay pretty warm, 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!

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New York

Winter holiday at Rockefeller Center

New York is a festive place to embrace winter and the holiday season!

Winter is a fine time for Travelers to take a bite out of the Big Apple! From world-class cities to idyllic small towns, concrete jungles to Finger Lakes, New York is a great destination — particularly for those who enjoy winter and may be vying for a White Christmas! With the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, holiday festivals and markets aplenty, Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular, ice skating in Bryant Park Winter Village, and more, New York is a lovely place to embrace the season, get cozy, and make merry. And I probably don’t have to tell you that New York is packed with exciting sightseeing, culture, world-class theater, dining, shopping, sports, and pretty much anything else you could ever want to do. Click here to learn more about The Empire State in our New York State Spotlight.

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Massachusetts

Alleyway view of a Boston winter

Boston’s Beacon hill is perfectly picturesque during winter!

Much like New York, Massachusetts is an absolutely idyllic place to spend the winter season. The Bay State is also home to some of the nation’s top healthcare facilities, so there are always tons of Travel Nurse jobs at great facilities where you can expand your skills and enhance your resume. And when you’re off the clock, Massachusetts is a true charmer with its abundance of delicious food, incredible historical sites, and breathtaking natural beauty. In the famed capital city of Boston, you’ll be very busy with so many spots to check out, like the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Boston Common & Public Garden, and New England Aquarium, as well as quirkier spots like the original Cheers and Boston Mapparium. Architecture and history buffs will be in heaven here! Learn more about magnificent Massachusetts in our Massachusetts State Spotlight.

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North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway in autumn and winter

As falls gives way to winter, North Carolina is a beautiful place to be!

From the majestic mountains in the west to the beautiful beaches in the east, North Carolina is a diverse, beautiful state — and a wonderful choice for your next Travel Nursing adventure. From scenic spins on the Blue Ridge Parkway to endless U.S. and Native American historical sites, there’s plenty to do and see statewide. The Appalachian Mountains are a breathtaking sight, which many Travelers flock too, and there are tons of other chances for outdoor fun in this state that stays pretty mild through winter. The more urban-inclined will be right at home in one of the state’s larger cities, which have tons of culture, sightseeing, sporting events, and so much more. And, in addition to drinking in the southern hospitality, you’ll love to gobble up the delicious southern food! Learn more about the great state of North Carolina in our North Carolina State Spotlight.

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Arizona

Horseshoe Bend (Arizona)

Arizona’s the best of both worlds in winter since it stays mild but also has opportunities for skiing and other winter activities!

The Grand Canyon State is a popular destination for wintertime Travel Nursing due to its abundant natural beauty, mild winters, and awesome job opportunities. One of the nation’s most marvelous sights, The Grand Canyon, is a huge draw year-round, and there are plenty of other gorgeous sights to see and exciting things to do in this southwestern state. Check out Horseshoe Bend, Cathedral Rock, Red Rock Scenic Canyon, Desert Boatanical Garden, and, even though it does remain mild in winter, Arizona offers skiers plenty to do in the snowy peaks of Flagstaff’s Snowbowl.

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State Spotlight: Georgia

State of GeorgiaThe temps are getting cooler, which has a certain southern state on our minds and November’s State Spotlight taking us to gorgeous Georgia! The Peach State is a sweet choice for Travel Nurses, with its warm temps, abundance of Travel Nursing jobs, and wealth of activities and experiences to enjoy on your days off. Read on to find out why Georgia should definitely be on your mind when it comes to Travel Nursing opportunities!

Travel Nursing in Georgia

GeorgiaGeorgia is a fabulous state for Travel Nurses because of its many excellent facilities and great job opportunities.

Georgia is home to about 175 hospitals — 13 of which are ranked based on high standards from U.S. News & World Report. That includes Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, which U.S. News & World Report ranked #1 among top hospitals in the state of Georgia. Rounding out the top six overall hospitals in Georgia are: Atlanta’s Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital, Macon’s Navicent Health Medical Center, Gainesville’s Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Augusta’s University Hospital, and Marietta’s WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgia the #36 overall state on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report also ranked Georgia #14 among the top states for economy and #15 for government.

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

To Do & See in Georgia

Centennial Park

The sun rises on Atlanta’s Centennial Park.

Georgia has everything from beautiful beaches to spooky swamps to wonderful waterfalls to magnificent mountains!

On the urban tip, Georgia’s largest cities include Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Athens, and Sandy Springs. “Hotlanta” as it casually known for its steamy temps and exciting attractions is an amazing place to take a job or a day trip to! Fun things to do and see here include the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta Botanical Garden, CNN Center, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Centennial Olympic Park, Six Flags Over Georgia, High Museum of Art, Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta History Center, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Underground Atlanta, the College Football Hall of Fame, Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, and so much more!

In addition to these attractions and the city’s amazing dining, shopping, and cultural scene, sports fans will love the chance to check out Atlanta’s five major league teams: Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta United FC, and Atlanta Dream.

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Georgia’s home to all kinds of delicious southern fare like shrimp & grits!

Georgia is also an amazing hub for history buffs with loads of Civil War sites, history and heritage museums, tours, trails, and historic homes. You’ll want to check out the Cumberland Island Dungeness Ruins, Augusta Canal, Madison’s Heritage Hall, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Jimmy Carter’s Boyhood Home, the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Pebble Hill Plantation, Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site, and the Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site — where the Confederate President was arrested in May 1865.

Okefenokee Swamp

The Okefenokee Swamp is an enchanting ecosystem and a great place to go adventuring.

In addition to serving up southern hospitality, Georgia knows how to serve up some delicious food! Although they’re perfect right off the tree, you haven’t lived until you’ve had a Georgia peach cobbler! Other popular Georgia fare includes fried chicken, shrimp & grits, pecan pie, cornbread, Brunswick Stew, fried okra, fried green tomatoes, BBQ, pimento cheese, boiled peanuts, chicken & dumplings, deviled eggs, and biscuits & gravy.

Wash it all down with some sweet tea or a Coca-Cola and you’ll be living like a true Georgia native!

Wanna walk all of that southern-fried goodness off? Georgia is home to 76 miles of the Appalachian Trail as well as famous outdoors spots like Stone Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and Okefenokee Swamp.

Amicalola Falls State Park, Indian Springs, Arabia Mountain, Springer Mountain, and Providence Canyon State Park are a few well-known places to absorb all of Georgia’s scenic glory! Throughout the state you’ll find ample opportunities for hiking, biking, golf, climbing, golfing, whitewater rafting, ziplining, boating, water sports, rowing, skiing, and much more.

Georgia Fast Facts

State Nickname: The Peach State (also known as The Goober State or The Empire State)

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Atlanta is the birthplace of Coca-Cola.

Capital & Largest City: Atlanta

National Parks: 11

State Parks: 47

National Register of Historic Places Listings: 2,128

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 60

State Motto: “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.”

State Flower: Cherokee Rose

State Fruit: Peach

State Vegetable: Vidalia Onion

State Song: “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles

State Insect: Honeybee

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The Walking Dead films and is largely set in Georgia.

Georgia was the last of the 13 original colonies and the fourth state.

Coca-Cola, the Girl Scouts, Waffle House, Chik-fil-A, and anesthesia, were all invented in Georgia.

Georgia is the country’s #1 producer of “the three Ps” — peanuts, pecans, and peaches.

Saint Marys, Georgia is the second oldest city in the nation.

Georgia is the namesake of England’s King George II.

The Masters Golf Tournament is held annually at the Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia each April.

Cordele, Georgia fancies itself the watermelon capital of the world.

Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

Atlanta-area Stone Mountain is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world.

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Peach State native, Ray Charles, famously sang “Georgia on My Mind.”

Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp encompasses more than 400,000 acres of canals, mossy cypress trees, and lily pad prairies which offer sanctuary for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife, including several endangered species.

In Gainesville, Georgia, which considers itself the Chicken Capital of the World, it’s illegal to eat chicken with a fork.

As we learned on “The Walking Dead,” which is filmed and largely set in Georgia, the Center for Disease Control has its headquarters in Atlanta.

Famous folks from Georgia include Marla Maples, Jimmy Carter, Kanye West, Future, 2 Chainz, Luke Bryan, Cam Newton, Kim Basinger, Jeff Daniels, Julia Roberts, Hulk Hogan, Chris Tucker, Laurence Fishburne, Ray Charles, Sugar Ray Robinson, Dakota Fanning, Spike Lee, Bill Hicks, Kenan Thompson, Jackie Robinson, Clarence Thomas, Jason Aldean, Little Richard, Ryan Seacrest, Ty Cobb, Alice Walker, Michael Stipe, Sally Yates, and so many others!

Big Oak in Thomasville, Georgia is one of the largest Southern Love Oak Trees east of the Mississippi with a limb span of more than 165 feet.

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State Spotlight: Massachusetts

State of Massachusetts

Could the state known for its famous Boston Tea Party be your cup of Travel Nursing tea?

Because of its iconic New England fall colors and spooky city of Salem, October’s State Spotlight takes us to magnificent Massachusetts. The Bay State is a lovely choice for Travel Nurses, with some of the best facilities in the nation, tons of opportunity for professional development, and an abundance of things to do on your day off. Read on to find out why the state known for its famous Boston Tea Party might just be your cup of tea!

Travel Nursing in Massachusetts

Boston's beautiful Harborwalk.

Boston’s beautiful Harborwalk.

Massachusetts is a fabulous state for Travel Nurses because of its many state-of-the-art, high-ranking facilities. Because of this, The Bay State consistently has oodles of great, lucrative job opportunities for Travelers where they will learn new skills and sharpen existing ones. Massachusetts also offers big-city excitement alongside quaint communities and a gorgeous coastline, to boot.

Autumn in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts

Fall foliage in the beautiful Berkshires region of Massachusetts!

Massachusetts is home to 100+ hospitals — 10 of which are ranked based on high standards from U.S. News & World Report. That includes Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, which U.S. News & World Report ranked #4 on the 2017/2018 Honor Roll of Best Hospitals and #1 in the state of Massachusetts. Boston Children’s Hospital, also ranked #1 on the 2017/2018 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll. Rounding out the top five overall hospitals in Massachusetts are: Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Springfield’s Bay State Medical Center, Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Worcester’s UMass Memorial Medical Center.

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Swan boats in Boaston’s Public Garden.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Massachusetts the #1 overall state on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report also ranked Massachusetts #2 among the top states for healthcare, #1 for education, and #5 for economy.

As for licensing, Massachusetts is not a walk-through state, nor is it currently at the time of this writing a compact state, but it is a NURSYS state! As for Massachusetts’ compact status, stay tuned as the NLC to eNLC transition continues, because it is one of a handful of states that hopes to pass legislation to join the eNLC in time for implementation on January 19, 2018. Click here for more info on licensing in Massachusetts.

To Do & See in Massachusetts

Cheers sign outside the Bull and Finch bar Boston

Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name, like original Cheers bar!

Massachusetts has everything from beautiful beaches to magnificent mountains and bustling cities like Boston to quaint enclaves like Rockport.

On the urban tip, Massachusetts’ largest cities include Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Cambridge, and Lowell. The region is rife with history, arts, and culture, particularly in the capital city of Boston, where you’ll want to explore the famed Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, New England Aquarium, National Historic Park, Newbury Street, Boston Harborwalk, Boston Common & Public Garden, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Harvard Square, Boston Public Library, Massachusetts State House, and so much more!

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Boston Cream Pie at the Omni Parker House, where the divine dessert was first served!

A couple of quirky Boston must-dos include riding the swan boats in the Public Garden pond, visiting the Mapparium where you can go inside a gigantic glass globe, and grabbing a barstool at the original Cheers in Beacon Hill!

Boston also has some incredible whale watching that will take you out into the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary and you don’t want to miss the Italian cuisine and cannolis in the city’s famous North End, an iconic “Little Italy” neighborhood that houses incredible historical sites as well as an abundance of delicious food.

Whale Watch

Massachusetts offers some great opportunities for whale watching.

If you’re craving pizza, look no further than the amazing Pizzeria Regina, a North End institution that I still crave on a daily basis! The Daily Catch offers the perfect combination of Italian and fresh seafood. And, when it comes to cannolis, the public is pretty well split between Mike’s Pastry and Modern pastry. I tried both — just to make sure I did my due diligence, and I would just say you can’t go wrong with either!

Sports fans will want to flock to Boston’s legendary Fenway Park to take in a Red Sox game. Massachusetts also offers the chance to see the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Boston Bruins, and nearly 20 other minor league and semi-pro teams. And, fun sports fact: both basketball and volleyball (originally called mintonette) were invented in The Bay State!

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“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

If all that sightseeing has worked up your appetite, good, because the food in Massachusetts is spectacular. From seafood to cider donuts, dining in The Bay State is done right. State favorites include clam chowder (no tomatoes allowed!), fish ‘n’ chips, oysters, Boston Baked Beans, grilled blueberry muffins, fluffernutters, lobster rolls, fried clams, scallops, and baked stuffed scrod. For dessert, consider the aforementioned North End cannolis or Boston Cream Pie, originally served at Boston’s Parker House (now the Omni Parker House) where you can still order it to this day. Fun fact if you do visit the Omni Parker House: The restaurant there is where JFK proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier!

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A trip to iconic Fenway Park is a Massachusetts must!

Wash it all down with some Dunkin Donuts coffee, an ice-cold Sam Adams, or a tall glass of cranberry juice and you’ll be doing it like a true Bay Stater!

For the outdoorsy, Massachusetts offers 91 miles of the Appalachian Trail and is home to Mount Greylock, which reportedly inspired Herman Melville to pen Moby Dick. Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Nantucket are all notoriously stunning stops. Western Massachusetts’ beautiful Berkshires are a treat at any time of year, and throughout the state you’ll find ample opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, golfing, whitewater rafting, ziplining, boating, rowing, skiing, and much more.

Salem Witch House

Spooky Salem makes a great location or day trip!

Massachusetts has some incredibly quaint small towns that are well worth a visit, like Newburyport, Rockport, Marblehead, Nanhant, Lexington, Concord, Amherst, Stockbridge, and Great Barrington.

Of course, The Bay State is also infamous for the Salem Witch Trials, which saw several folks executed for witchcraft in the 1690s. The town of 40,000 is just 45 minutes north of Boston and makes a great day trip, especially around Halloween time! In addition to a trip to the Salem Witch House, make time for a stop at the Peabody Essex Museum and The House of the Seven Gables.

Massachusetts Fast Facts

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Cranberry bogs light up The Bay State landscape.

State Nickname: The Bay State

Capital & Largest City: Boston

National Parks: 15

State Parks, Recreation Areas, Trails, and Forests: 151

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 200

State Motto: “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem” — meaning “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.”

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Clam chowder is an institution in Massachusetts. no tomatoes allowed!

State Flower: Mayflower

State Tree: American Elm

State Insect: Ladybug

State Beverage: Cranberry Juice

State Dessert: Boston Cream Pie

Massachusetts was the 6th state and one of the 13 original colonies.

Chocolate chip cookies, disposable safety razors, Bose speakers, microwaves, rubber tires, Tupperware, The Iron Lung, the World Wide Web, basketball, volleyball, computerized spreadsheets, the birth control pill, and the country’s first subway system were all invented in Massachusetts. Heck, some even say that America itself was invented in Massachusetts!

Folk hero Johnny Appleseed is typically associated with the Midwest, but he was born in Leominster, Massachusetts.

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Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

The first-ever telephone call was made in Boston, on March 10, 1876, between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Thomas Watson, who was in the next room.

Boston Latin, the oldest school in America, was established in 1635 — one year prior to the launch of a little institution of higher ed known as Harvard.

The world’s first digital, real-time computer, the Whirlwind I, was created at MIT in 1951.

Boston Common is the nation’s oldest public park.

The Fig Newton was not named after Sir Isaac Newton, but rather the town of Newton, Massachusetts.

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Nantucket makes a great, picturesque excursion.

Dunkin Donuts was launched in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Worcester’s WORC radio station was the first frequency to play The Beatles.

During the ice age, glaciers formed the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in 1621 in Plymouth.

The first zip code in the United States was given to Agawam, Massachusetts. It is 01001.

Rockport, Massachusetts has a house made entirely of newspaper.

Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the nation.

The Bay State is home to the lake with the longest name on the planet: Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.

Amy Poehler

Funny lady Amy Poehler is from Newton, Massachusetts.

Famous folks from Massachusetts include Frederick Douglass, Amy Poehler, Sylvia Plath, Dr. Seuss, Conan O’Brien, Norman Rockwell, Edgar Allen Poe, Timothy Leary, John Cena, Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, W.E.B. Du Bois, John F. Kennedy, Lizzie Borden, Matt Damon, Steve Carell, Mindy Kaling, Jay Leno, Uzo Aduba, Denis Leary, Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Barbara Walters, Leonard Nimoy, Geena Davis, Uma Thurman, Rob Zombie, Meghan Trainor, John Adams, Samuel Adams, and so many others!

Happy Hours have been banned in Boston since 1984.

The colorful Green Monster at Fenway Park is so iconic that The Red Sox actually patented the hue “Fenway Green.”

Boston is known as “Beantown” because of how much its early residents loved baked beans in molasses.

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State Spotlight: Washington

Seattle Skyline and Mount Rainier at Sunset

Washington is a wonderland for Travel Nurses!

It’s apple-picking season, so this month’s State Spotlight takes us to wonderful Washington. The Evergreen State is a great choice for Travel Nurses year-round, but it’s especially magical in the fall. Just imagine yourself drinking fresh cider in the nation’s most prolific apple-growing state and ordering your pumpkin spice latte at the original Starbucks location in Seattle!

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Washington is chock-full of the kind of stunning natural attractions that Travel Nurses tend to flock to. Even better, The Evergreen State consistently has TONS of great job opportunities for Travelers. Washington offers everything from urban excitement to quaint communities to serene scenery, pair that with an abundance of job opportunities and it’s no wonder Washington is favorite for so many Travel Nurses!

Washington is home to 110+ hospitals. That includes Seattle’s University of Washington Medical Center, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in Washington, and which is nationally ranked in 10 adult specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in Washington are: Spokane’s Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center, Olympia’s Providence St. Peter Hospital, and Everett’s Providence Regional Medical Center.

Additionally, Seattle Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked in 10 children’s specialties.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington #5 overall on their first-ever “Best States” list, based on criteria including economy, education, government, health care, crime & corrections, infrastructure, and opportunity. The report also ranked Washington #9 among the top states for healthcare, #2 for infrastructure, and #11 for economy.

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

To Do & See in Washington

U.S. News & World Report has called The Evergreen State “an outdoor enthusiast’s dream with its geological diversity, ranging from mountains to deserts, rainforests, and a Pacific coastline.”

Bridge of the Gods

The Colombia River Gorge is totally gorgeous!

First, let talk mountains. Washington is home to two major ranges — the Cascades and Olympic Mountains. Mount Rainier is famously visible from the state’s largest city, Seattle, so it’s great eye candy even from afar. But if you’re the type who wants to do more than just look, you’ll be filled with glee considering all of the options for climbing, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, and more. They don’t call it The Evergreen State for nothing, and the state’s old-growth forests are stunning places to find yourself a memorable and peaceful moment. (PS, all these mountains mean great skiing for all levels, if you’re into that kind of thing!)

Another major player in Washington’s natural beauty is water — from the Puget Sound to the Colombia River to an abundance of glaciers and beyond, it’s a force to be reckoned with in Washington in many forms.

Some major hotspots for outdoors majesty you won’t want to miss out on include Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, Colombia River Gorge, North Cascades National Park, Hoh Rainforest, Deception Pass, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Lake Chelan, the San Juan Islands, and so much more.

Chihuly Sculptures and Seattle's Space Needle

Chihuly Garden and Glass plus a visit to The Space Needle make up a great day of sightseeing in Seattle!

Outdoors activities here are boundless, including biking, hiking, skiing, whale watching, kayaking, boating, ziplining, river rafting, golfing, climbing, horseback riding, parasailing, and so much more!

On the urban side of things, Washington largest cities include Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Kent, Everett, and Renton.

Seattle, known as The Emerald City for its 6,000+ acres of parks, is the state’s most well-known city, and for good reason. Seattle is hip and smart with boundless natural beauty and urban activities. The city has amazing opportunities to shop, dine, see art & theater, and so much more.

Check out the Space Needle, Experience Music Project, Pike Place Market, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Olympic Sculpture Park, Gas Works Park, the Seattle Great Wheel, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Washington Park Arboretum, Fremont Troll, Volunteer Park, Lake Union, and so many other wonderful spots!

You can get out of the city for a bit by catching a ferry over to some of the nearby gorgeous spots like Bainbridge Island or Whidbey Island.

Waterfront of Seattle on a sunny day

Ride the Great Wheel and check out the waterfront!

Sports fans will enjoy access to the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, and Seattle Sounders, among many other professional and college teams. Seattle’s also a city that loves its intramural and recreational sports, so while you’re on assignment you can always take that route to join in the athletic fun.

Is all that activity making ya hungry? Well, you’re really in luck, because when it comes to food and drink, Washington knows what’s up! The food here is divine and there’s something for everybody.

In addition to being the country’s greatest producer of apples, Washington is also famous for its Rainier cherries, artisan chocolate, berries (blueberries, raspberries, huckleberries, blackberries), Walla Walla sweet onions, and seafood.

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The mac & cheese at Beecher’s is a Seattle MUST!

Wild salmon, geoduck, oysters, mussels, clams, Dungeness crab and just about any other seafood you can imagine is fresh and absolutely delicious in Washington — from sushi to fish & chips to chowder and beyond!

In Washington’s largest city of Seattle, you can experience true foodie nirvana. Here you will find tons of fresh, farm-to-table options, artisanal breads and cheeses, great bakeries, microbreweries, vegan/vegetarian fare, and cuisine from all around the world! The city’s famous Pike Place Market is a great place to see, smell, taste, and pick up all kinds of regional goodness, including fruits & veggies, pastries, jams, tea, spices, and so much more. Some hometown faves here include Pike Place Chowder, Biscuit Bitch, Ezell’s El Gaucho, Dick’s, Il Corvo, Maneki, Matt’s, Pagliacci Pizza, Thai Tom, Dahlia Bakery, and, of course, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.

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A day trip to Leavenworth, Washington will transport you to Bavaria!

And, while you can find food from every corner of the world in Seattle, the pan-Asian cuisine scene here is tops! Thus, you’ll find some of the nation’s best Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian food there.

When you get thirsty there’s plenty of amazing coffee and craft beer to go around, depending on the time of day! Wash all those delicious eats down with an ice-cold Rachel’s Ginger beer, bubble tea, or coffee (choose Seattle legend Starbucks or any number of independent, local coffeehouses) and you’ll be living like a true Washingtonian.

Leavenworth, Washington is a fun trip for when you to feel like you’ve just been transported to Europe. This charming little alpine Bavarian Village is nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range foothills. In addition to quaint, Bavarian architecture, a 96-foot traditional Maipole, European-style murals, and great German restaurants, they put on one heck of an Oktoberfest!

Washington Fast Facts
State Nickname: The Evergreen State

Capital: Olympia

Largest City: Seattle

National Parks: 15

State Parks, Recreation Areas, and Forests: 215

Woman hiking outdoors

The humble backpack was invented in Washington. Also pictured, the gorgeous Olympic National Park!

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 42

State Motto: “Alki” — meaning, “bye and bye.”

State Flower: Coast Rhododenron

State Animal: Steelhead Trout

State Vegetable: Walla Walla Sweet onion

Washington was the 42nd state.

Backpacks, Pictionary, Father’s Day, the electric bass guitar, bread bag clips, the modern shopping mall, the whammy bar, grunge, Almond Roca, wireless telephone, water skis, down-filled parkas, the portable heart defibrillator, the Kindle, Microsoft’s operating systems, and whole bunch of software were all invented in Washington.

Washington is the only state named for a United States president.

The oldest, currently operating gas station in the U.S. is located in Zillah, Washington.

Washington is one of just a handful of states that does not levy a personal income tax.

The first soft-serve ice cream machine in the world was in an Olympia, Washington Dairy Queen.

Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the country.

The Starbucks store at 1912 Pike Place, Seattle, Washington, US

The original Starbucks in its second location at 1912 Pike Place in Seattle.

Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain, was founded in Seattle.

The largest fleet of ferries in the country serves the Puget Sound area.

The highest elevation in Washington is Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet above sea level.

The most rain to ever fall in Washington in one day was 14.26 inches at Mt. Mitchell in 1986.

As part of the Cascade Range, Washington has five major volcanoes: Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens.

In its May 1980 eruption, Mount St. Helens lost 1,131 feet of elevation.

Seattle’s Space Needle is 605 feet tall.

Photo of Jimi HENDRIX

Jimi Hendrix is just one famous Washingtonian.

Famous Washingtonians include Jimi Hendrix, Chris Pratt, Bob Barker, Rainn Wilson, Sir Mix-a-lot, Chrissy Teigen, Hope Solo, Tom Robbins, Neko Case, Macklemore, Kurt Cobain, Craig T. Nelson, Bing Crosby, John Elway, Bill Gates, Quincy Jones, Gary Larson, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dave Matthews, Blair Underwood, Adam West, Eddie Vedder, Kenny Loggins, Kenny G, and so many others!

Washington has more glaciers than any other state on the U.S. mainland, with about 80% of all glacial ice in the nation located within its borders.

Everett, Washington is home to the world’s largest building — the final assembly plant for Boeing.

Seattle was the first city in the United States to play a Beatles song on the radio.

In 1974, Spokane became the smallest city to host a World’s Fair.

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State Spotlight: New York

State of New York

New York is wonderful land of opportunity for Travel Nurses!

They say if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere … that’s right, this month’s State Spotlight takes us to New York. Many an American — heck, many a global citizen — dreams of taking a bite out of The Big Apple or rolling through idyllic Upstate. Lucky for Travel Nurses, your career makes spending some time in New York a very real possibility!

Travel Nursing in New York

Statue Of Liberty By Cityscape Against Blue Sky

Visit iconic sites like The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island!

New York is a wonderfully unique state and an absolute wonderland for Travel Nurses. The Empire State has TONS of great job opportunities for Travel Nurses as well as countless chances for adventure and exploration with the many urban and rural activities available throughout the state.

New York state is home to hundreds of hospitals, and, because of its dense population New York City alone is home to more acute care hospitals than many state’s have total within their borders. That includes New York City’s New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as the #1 hospital in New York, and which is nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties and 10 children’s specialties. Rounding out the top five hospitals in New York are: Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Morristown Medical Center — all of which are located in New York City.

Additionally, New York is home to four hospitals — New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital — that are ranked in five or more children’s specialties.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked New York the 13th best state for healthcare and the 17th best state overall. New York is the nation’s third-largest economy, buoyed by financial services, health care, and other industries.

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

To Do & See in New York

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They say the neon lights are brighter ON BROADWAY!

When it comes to what to do and see in New York, the real problem is how can one do it all?! New York City is what first springs to mind for most folks, because of the incredible city’s amazing history, art, culture, and more. On TripAdvisor, the top 10 things to do in NYC based on traveler rankings include: Central Park, The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, Grand Central Terminal, Broadway, and the Empire State Building.

Some other perennial favorites include visits to Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum, Coney Island, and Washington Square Park.

Broadway, as mentioned earlier, is a huge draw for theater fans, but NYC also offers all kinds of great off-Broadway plays and musicals, not to mention amazing music and comedy scenes. Same thing goes for art enthusiasts, who can visit some of the world’s top museums and view classic works, and they can also seek out small, hole in the wall galleries where they can enjoy the works of up and coming artists.

Sports fans will find plenty to do in New York, considering the abundance of teams and games to check out. Some of New York’s pro sports teams include the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Mets, New York Yankees, New York City FCs, New York Rangers, New York Knicks, and so many more! Fans of America’s favorite pastime will want to make the trip to Cooperstown to check out the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Bagels and coffee and cabs, oh my!

Just as New York City is beautifully diverse, New York is home to nearly every kind of cuisine under the sun resulting in a delicious spread of restaurants to choose from. Throughout the state of New York you can dine in some of the world’s fanciest restaurants with world-class chefs at the helm or grab a meal at small-yet-mighty, unforgettable mom and pop eateries — and either way, you’re in for a delicious treat!

New York-style pizza is first on many Travelers’ list when it comes to snagging a slice of the local flavor. NYC is also famous for its cheesecake, Eggs Benedict, Manhattan Clam Chowder, deli-style sandwiches like pastrami on rye, General Tso’s Chicken, bagels, strip steak, and hot dogs. Wash it all down with an ice-cold Manhattan cocktail and you will be living the New York dream.

Famous Upstate foods include Buffalo Wings, Beef on Weck, White Hots, Tomato Pie, Thousand Island dressing, black and white cookies, Peppermint Pig, the Garbage Plate (no really, it’s delicious), salt potatoes, and grape pie.

Outside of NYC, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, White Plains, Utica, Yonkers, Brookhaven, and Islip are some other cool urban areas to check out.

And, if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, New York is alternately known for its idyllic Upstate areas. One of the country’s most stunning sights, the raging Niagara Falls, is located on the Canada-U.S. border and this is must-see for any Traveler headed to New York!

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Niagara Falls is a must-see when travelling to New York!

Nature lovers will also revel in a trip to the scenic Finger Lakes. Iroquois legend says that the long, narrow lakes west of Syracuse were formed by an impression left by the fingers of the Great Spirit. This is a beautiful landscape to drink in and the lakes provide lots of opportunities for getting out on the water. Hikers will want to check out the Cayuga Trails, Seneca Lake Trail, and the Keuka Trail.

When winter comes, Travelers will want to check out Lake Placid, which is the only place in the U.S. ever to host the Winter Olympics twice. It’s known for its great skiing but there is lots of other great winter recreation to be had here.

Thousand Islands is a 50-mile stretch of the St. Lawrence river decorated with thousands of tiny islands. The Adirondacks offer scenic, forested hills with several lakes and all kinds of outdoor adventure like hiking and canoeing. The Adirondacks are also a very popular spot to take in the fall foliage. There’s also Lake George, Watkins Glen State Park, Letchworth State Park, the seaside beauty of Montauk, Mohonk Preserve, Fire Island, the Erie Canalway, Catskills, and sooooo much more!

Big Apple

Take a bite outta The Big Apple!

New York Fast Facts


State Nickname: The Empire State

Capital: Albany

Largest City: New York City

National Parks: 23

State Parks: 180

National Historic and Natural Landmarks: 296

State Motto: “Excelsior” — meaning, “ever upward.”

State Flower: Rose

State Animal: Beaver

New York was the 11th state.

Toilet paper, Teddy Bears, credit cards, Scrabble, the remote control, Kodak cameras, Jello-O, tuxedos, Pacemakers, Pyrex, chicken nuggets, Bloody Marys, typewriters, traffic lights, synthetic penicillin, and, of course, cronuts were all invented in New York.

Oneida, New York is home to the world’s smallest church, which measures 51” x 81”.

One theory states that “The Big Apple” is a term coined by musicians which celebrated playing the big time.

New York has more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.

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Batter up! Cooperstown, New York is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Dairy is HUGE in New York, which has 18,000+ dairy farms.

If the Titanic had finished its intended journey it would have docked at Chelsea Piers on April 16, 1912.

It’s estimated that more than 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

Lake Placid, New York is the only American city that has hosted the Winter Olympics twice — in 1932 and 1980.

The country’s first women’s rights convention was hosted in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Women earned the right to vote in New York in 1917.

Famous folks from New York include Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Cyndi Lauper, Arthur Miller, Denzel Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Walt Whitman, Lucille Ball, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Vin Diesel, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Al Pacino, Spike Lee, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Neil Diamond, Ani Difranco, Jon Stewart, and so many others!

New York’s name was New Amsterdam until 1664 when the English took it over from the Dutch and named it after the Duke of York and Albany.

New York City is home to more than 700 miles of subway lines.

New York City has a larger population than roughly 80% of U.S. States!

Cooperstown, New York is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fourteen million tourists visit Niagara Falls each year.

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