This week’s edition of the Traveler’s Guide to Nursing and Allied Health explores 5 destinations to consider for a summer travel assignment.
From historic rain in California to tornado outbreaks in the South and record snowfall in the Midwest and West, winter 2023 has been anything but mundane. Who knows what this summer will bring? But these travel destinations will surely please nurses and allied health looking for a rewarding and fun summer assignment.
From Med-Surg RNs in Appleton to Medtechs in West Allis there are plenty of great assignments available this summer in “The Badger State.” Bordered by two of the Great Lakes, Wisconsin has a plethora of outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, camping, birding, and more to enjoy in mild temperatures. Daytime highs average in the upper 70s and evening lows in the upper 50s. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, North Country National Scenic Trail, and Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway will get Explorers up close and personal with local flora and fauna. Art aficionados can check out the Milwaukee Art Museum, and hog lovers will want to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum. Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay are the largest cities by population but still offer relatively low costs of living compared to other cities nationwide.
What better place to take an assignment and enjoy lazy summer days than Maryland? Situated on the Chesapeake Bay, with over 3,100 miles of shoreline, Maryland provides plenty of activities on or around the water and some great assignments to pick up. Telemetry, ICU/CCU, mammography tech positions, and more are open at facilities across the state, including in Baltimore and Annapolis. Travelers will see daytime highs in the low to mid-80s and lows in the upper 60s. Ocean City Boardwalk, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the U.S. Naval Academy, Inner Harbor, Baltimore Orioles, and Washington Nationals games are just some of the many attractions in and around Maryland. Be sure to attend Crab Fest on June 24 in Baltimore or the 4th of July festivities in Washington, D.C.
Colorado is a top winter destination for Travelers looking to hit the slopes, but it’s also a great location for outdoor fun on a summer assignment. Aurora, Denver, and Colorado Springs, Travelers will find opportunities throughout the state in nursing and allied health. The cost of living runs about 12 percent higher than the national average, with ski towns such as Vail and Aspen at the top of the range and cities such as Greeley and Colorado Springs more affordable. Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, there’s plenty of action for the weekend warriors. Still, for those aiming for something a bit more relaxed, take in a Colorado Rockies game, the Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival, or the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Summer highs average in the mid to upper 80s and lows in the mid-50s.
Great music and food put Tennessee at the top of many Travelers’ lists as a summer assignment destination. From Memphis to Nashville, Chattanooga to Knoxville, all corners of the “Volunteer State” offer rewarding assignments and plenty of extracurricular fun. Nashville is the state’s capital as well as the Country Music Capital of the World. But Travelers can listen to all genres played live in Music City. Memphis, on the Mississippi River, has its own musical legacy, and Travelers can visit Elvis’ Graceland or Sun Studio, where B.B. King recorded. Travelers can shop at boutiques and artisanal bakeries in Knoxville, home to the University of Tennessee, and visit the Tennessee Aquarium and nearby Appalachian Trail in Chattanooga. Summer temperatures range from a daytime high in the upper 80s to nighttime lows in the upper 60s, with cooler temperatures in the mountains.
For Travelers who really want to lean into summer, there’s Louisiana. Plenty of nurses and medtechs head to the “Pelican State” for Spring Break and Mardi Gras, but they’re missing out if they never pick up an assignment during the summer. Sure, it’s hot. Highs can reach into the 90s with humidity over 70 percent, but Travelers can venture to the beach to cool off. Grand Isle, Holly Beach, Rutherford Beach, Cypermort Point Beach, and Fontainbleau State Park are all great spots for some much-needed R&R after finishing a shift. Don’t miss the Beauregard Watermelon Festival in June, the Avoyelles Arts & Music Festival on July 4th, or the Delcambre Shrimp Festival in August. Louisiana is much more than New Orleans, but a summer assignment is a perfect time to take advantage of some great discounts in the Big Easy.
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