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Find Joy by Volunteering During Your Holiday Travel Assignment

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By their very nature, nurses put the needs of others ahead of their own.  For many, this means taking on travel assignments during the holiday months because it is such a high-demand time of year for travel nurses.  Being away from family and friends between November and January can be difficult, but there are ways to ensure you are making the most of your opportunities to help and care for others.

Working Tourist: Three Years of Adventures

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Three years ago, Jessica Beattie was in between jobs and trying to decide if she wanted to move across the country.   Then, as with so many things in life fate arrived in the form of a phone call from Supplemental Health Care.  Ever since that timely phone call she has been a travel nurse.

Embrace the Cold on Your Next Travel Assignment

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Recently in this space, we wrote about planning your next travel assignment to ‘Escape the Cold.'  Well, what about those of us who enjoy the brisk air and lovely blanket of white that covers the ground during the winter months.  When you are adventurous, you can find plenty of activities to fill up your days off in your travel city. 

The Traveler: A Halloween Story

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“It’s unusually quiet so far tonight,” Janice claimed as she glanced up and down the empty hall in the Surgical Recovery Unit.  “I spoke to Emma down in the ER, and she said it’s dead down there too!”

Plan Your Next Travel Assignment to Escape the Cold

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Do the changing leaves, and the approach of Halloween send shivers down your spine?  And by shivers, I don’t mean shivers of fright from all of the scary decorations, but shivers from the dropping temperatures and the inevitable arrival of winter.  If you’re like me, then you know that now is your time to escape the cold by planning a travel assignment in a warmer state. 

Top Five Travel Assignment Cities for Couples

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Are you planning to bring your significant other on your next travel assignment?  The only thing better about being a travel nurse or therapist and having the opportunity to explore new cities and places for 13-weeks is doing it with someone you love.  Here is our list of the best cities for a travel assignment as a couple.

Important Factors in Choosing a Travel Hospital

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Sometimes travel nurses get so hung up on finding the perfect destination for a travel assignment that they overlook another very important consideration, the actual hospital or facility for the assignment.  While the destination overall is what draws people to an assignment, you also want to make sure that you are working in a facility that is welcoming and fits you personally. 

Working Tourist: A Lifetime of Service

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Jay Stine is not your ordinary travel nurse, in fact, once you get to know him you realize there is nothing ordinary about him at all.  After spending 22 years as a Maryland State Trooper, and several of those years as part of the security detail for a member of the famous Kennedy family, Jay decided that he still wanted to do something meaningful once he retired from his career in law enforcement.

Best U.S. Cities for Foodies

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Let’s face it if you are going to be spending 13 weeks in a city while on a travel nursing or therapist assignment, you may as well choose a locale where you are going to eat well.  If you like to consider yourself an amateur foodie, then this is the list for you when trying to decide on a travel assignment destination where food is one of the main attractions.  Here are some of the best U.S. cities for foodies.

Plan Your Next Assignment in Historic Birmingham

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In addition to the southern hospitality and great fall weather, today’s city of Birmingham is rife with history, great eateries, shopping, and more.  Let’s look at some of the many reasons why a travel assignment in Birmingham will be 13-weeks you’ll never forget.

Travel Assignments: Never A One-Size Fits All

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When healthcare professionals hear about the opportunities available for travel nurses and therapists, many worry that the contract length will be too long or that the opportunities are all the same.  Maybe at one time when travel healthcare staffing was in its infancy, but that is not the case any longer.  More than ever before, travel nurses and therapists are using travel contracts to bolster their career and gain invaluable experience as they improve their craft.  Let’s take a look at travel contracts in today’s world.

Top Travel Assignment Cities for Music Lovers

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Now that you’re planning your next travel assignment, you may want to consider finding an assignment in one of the many great American cities for live music.  No matter what your musical tastes are, there are cities across the land where you can find music venues that are pumping out the jams seven days a week.  Let’s explore five top cities for music lovers.

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Motor City

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So you are planning your next travel assignment and jotting down travel destinations that come to mind first, California, Hawaii, the Carolinas, or the Pacific Northwest.  All wonderful places, to be sure, but if you broaden your thinking, you might just find a place that is both surprising and amazing at the same time. 

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.