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Why I Picked Denver And Why You Should Too

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With its proximity to the Rockies and 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s no wonder so many people are flocking to Denver. Whether you’re coming on assignment or maybe looking to stay a little longer, there is plenty to do and see! Take it from someone who just moved to the area – I’ve already compiled a list of things I want to try in the Mile High City.

Working Tourist: Swimming With Sharks

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Gretchen Harrison has been a travel nurse for close to a year and now wonders why she didn’t get started sooner.  As a Med/Surg & Telemetry RN, Gretchen was growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges she faced when trying to request time off from her job in the hospital.  Eventually, she decided she was going to travel one way or another and what better way than to get paid for doing it.

Advice for New Travel Nurses from our Travel Nurses

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Regular readers of the Working Tourist are probably familiar with the profiles that we do to highlight our travel nurses, therapists, and allied talent.  Upon deciding that it was time to put together content with advice for those considering or are new to travel nursing, we felt that there was no better source for information than those working tourists that we have profiled over the years.  Below is a collection of thoughts that we’ve gleaned from the profiles.

Alternative Housing Option for Travelers: Cabins

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When you first begin to think about housing options for your travel assignment, things like employer-provided housing, extended stay hotels, Airbnb, and even Craigslist come to mind.  But depending on your personal tastes, there is another attractive option to consider, cabins!

Working Tourist: Starting Out Close to Home

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Loren Stitt is on her first travel assignment and chose a location that is close to her hometown of Buffalo, New York.  She took an assignment near Rochester New York.  Loren’s specialty is Emergency Nursing and she originally became interested in travel nursing so she could gain experience by learning how different facilities operate.

It’s Time for an Assignment in Kansas City

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When travel nurses and therapists put together their bucket list of great destinations to visit on a travel assignment, it’s a safe bet that Kansa City isn’t at or even near the top of the list.  It isn’t surprising that this Midwestern gem flies under the radar, but it is time to consider Kansas City for your next assignment.  In addition to a plethora of opportunities, Kansas City is annually ranked as one of the most stress-free cities, and they have amazing barbecue!  Let’s look at why you should grab an assignment in Kansas City right now.

Travel Assignment in Tampa? Beaches Yes, but Much More

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It is pretty obvious that when you book your travel assignment in Tampa Florida that you have fun in the sun on your mind.  I mean, who wouldn’t with the warm blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico just a short drive away?  But once you arrive in your Sunshine State destination, don’t be surprised if you find that there is more to do in Tampa than spending your downtime checking out the beaches in Clearwater, St. Pete’s, and others on the Gulf Coast (Although, that is fun too!).  Let’s take a look at a few of the top things to do in Tampa that doesn't include a beach towel.

Time for a Travel Assignment in Tinseltown

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The City of Angels, aka Tinseltown, aka La-La Land, or simply L.A., there are few cities known by more nicknames than So Cal’s own Los Angeles.  There are many great travel destinations in California, but one that is sometimes overlooked as a travel assignment location is Los Angeles.  Once you have decided it is time for a 13-week assignment in Southern California, your only worry will be trying to fit in all of the incredible sights and experiences in our nation’s second-largest city.

Make Texas Your Next Travel Destination

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We’ve all heard that “everything is bigger in Texas” and that couldn’t be more true for travel nurses and therapists.  The Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington area is officially called the Metroplex by the United States Office of Management and Budget as it is the largest metropolitan area in the south and the economic and cultural hub for North Central Texas.  If you are a travel nurse or therapist, now is the time to head south and check out why the travel assignment opportunities are bigger in Texas!

Working Tourist: Man on a Mission

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Patrick McMurray has been travel nursing for less than a year but is already seeing benefits that he didn’t necessarily expect to see.  He is finding that travel nursing is helping him become more flexible and adaptable because he is able to jump in and work at new places. 

Does Working the Night Shift Leave You Exhausted?

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If you’ve never worked the night shift, you really have no idea the physical and mental toll that it takes on your body.  Many travel nurses prefer to work the night shift or don’t have an option when it is a highly desired destination.  If you are new to working the night shift or are having trouble adjusting, let’s talk about some of the things you can do to help your body adjust.

What Happens Back Home

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No matter how long you have been a travel nurse, the excitement and anticipation of starting a new assignment never changes.  Along with that adrenaline rush of the adventure ahead, there is also the important business of taking care of the home life you are leaving behind for 13-weeks.  Fortunately, with experience comes routine, and you figure out what works for your situation.  If you are still learning the ropes of travel nursing, we’ve compiled a few things for you to start thinking about ahead of time.

Is Home Health Care Right For You?

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In this space, we have recently touched on career-focused topics such as nursing job satisfaction and how to know if it is time for a nursing career change.  If seeing the flowers ready to bloom anew and feeling the renewal of springtime has you ready for a change, maybe it’s time to consider Home Health Care as a career option.  While the home health care market is booming, it isn’t for everybody.  Let’s take a look at whether a move to become a home health care provider is the right choice for you.

Discover Springtime in Chicago

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Most of us are still rubbing the sleep out of our eyes from the long winter’s hibernation right around the time St. Patrick’s Day and then Easter rolls around.  Well, it is that time of year again, making right now the perfect time to check out all of the great travel opportunities available in and around Chicago.  You may not realize this, but springtime is a great time to visit the Chicago area.  Let’s take a look at why you should be planning a new travel assignment near the “Windy City.”

Starting the Travel Nursing Journey Together

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Lara Svensson and Sean Smith met in nursing school and have been together ever since.  Lara, an ICU nurse, and Sean, a surgical step-down specialist have recently begun a new chapter in their relationship; they became travel nurses!  In January 2017, they took on their first travel assignment in San Diego and have no plans of looking back anytime soon.

Tax Tips for Travel Nurses and Therapists

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The calendar is rapidly approaching everyone’s least favorite time of the year, “Tax Time,” and travel nursing and therapy professionals more than most have to be ready.  Tax time can be a challenge for anyone, but with a little bit of preparation even travel nurses can complete their tax returns accurately and on-time.  Let’s take a look at some of the most important tax tips for travelers to ensure that filing your returns are a breeze.

Top Five Cities for Singles

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Throughout the month of February, the Working Tourist blog has been featuring profiles on couples who have been traveling together.  If reading about those happy travelers has prompted you to consider finding a travel partner of your own, then this article is for you.  There are many great cities for singles all around our country, from large urban centers to small Midwestern towns to everything in between.  If you are planning your next travel assignment and want to check out the singles scene, here is a list of five cities with a hopping singles scene.

Working Tourists: A Decade of Friendship, Marriage and Travel Nursing

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January 2017 marked the tenth year that Carland and Myra Baker have been travel nurses.  During this decade of care, they have traveled near and far, from mountain towns to big cities and all the while working right beside their best friend.  Theirs is a playful relationship, full of laughter and mutual respect.  It’s a partnership in every way, from planning their next assignment to planning the next restaurant to try.