Good question. After all, this is what it’s all about right?
The fact is, in this day and age of the notorious “nursing shortage” your options are almost without boundary. (I’m talking about the United States right now but we’ll address international assignments in later postings.)
Some of this is just common sense. Larger metropolitan areas will have bigger needs for healthcare pros such as yourself. Communities with greater proportions of retired people will also have greater needs. But think about this. Todays retirement population of baby boomers are leaving the workplace in greater numbers then before and at younger ages where they are active and interested in having fun, active lives. They are going to places that lots of people want to live, (or go on travel nursing assignments.
Places like Florida, California, and Hawaii have tons of travel nursing jobs for this reason. But they aren’t alone. Virtually any of the larger cities in all fifty states have traveling nurse jobs. Many smaller communities face staffing problems because the younger folks are bailing out to go to the “bright city lights.” There are many pearls out there….small, friendly towns with lots to offer an adventurous soul.
So what I am trying to say is that there are almost unlimited choices. Keep an open mind and consider places you’ve never been to. Research the areas you think you might be interested in. Check the various seasons weather patterns and what the region may offer you on your times off.
One of my goals on my travel site, www.travelnursingUSA is to provide that kind of information along with the contact information for state nursing boards. If you want to see what is there for an area you are interested in you can go to www.travelnursingusa.com/resources and click on the state you want information about.-Conrad