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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.

Shrimp and Grits

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.

Search now to find your dream job in gorgeous Georgia!

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About the Author

Hi, I’m Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I’m not a Travel Nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I’m very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!