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State Spotlight: Ohio

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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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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!

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