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5 Ways to Make the Most of Being "Home Alone" During the Holidays

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Many travel nurses will find themselves on assignment far from home this holiday season, but it doesn’t need to be a source of dread.  In fact, travel assignments through the holiday season can be an exciting and rewarding experience, and if you plan for them, you can still enjoy the season and stay in touch with family.  Here are a few ideas to help you during a holiday travel assignment.

Top Ten Towns for Holiday Celebrations

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It is that wondrous time of year when holiday shoppers are rushing home with armloads of packages.  The air is filled with aromas of hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and the sounds of carolers reveling in the season.  And everywhere you look, your eyes are filled with twinkling lights hung from every tree and every window.  But, while every town across the land has their seasonal charms, some places take the Holidays to a whole new level.  Fortunately, as a travel nurse or therapist, you have the opportunity to make plans to visit one of those festive towns.  Read on for our holiday countdown of the “Top Ten Towns for Holiday Celebrations.”

Planning Your Next Historical Assignment

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It is not only ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ and our nation’s fifth-largest city, but Philadelphia is also the perfect place for your next travel assignment.  Spending 13-weeks in this city, so steeped in history, is a cultural experience that you will not soon forget. 

Working Tourist: On the Road in North Carolina

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Martha Gillich has been a Registered Nurse for 24 years, working in the ER, Labor and Delivery, and even the Dialysis Unit.  Thirteen years ago, her family commitments required her to find a nursing position that allowed for greater scheduling flexibility while maintaining a full-time schedule.  Her search led her to become a Home Health Care Nurse.  For the past 11 years, she has cared for a wide variety of patients aged 18 to 90, each with a unique medical need. 

Travel Nursing: The Cure for Whatever Ails You

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“I have always had ‘itchy feet,' so to speak,” claims Garrett Curtis, a Travel RN. “Fortunately, my personal situation allows me to be as nomadic as possible, so I started traveling to get out there while I am young and still can!”

5 Reasons Why Travel Nurses Are In Demand This Holiday Season

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Now that our calendar has flipped to November, everyone’s thoughts have turned to the upcoming holiday season, unless you work for Human Resources in a hospital.  HR personnel are focused on staffing up for the coming holiday season and not the holiday’s themselves.  If you are a travel nurse and have some availability this season, now is the time to discover just how many great opportunities are available. 

Going Home on Your Next Travel Assignment

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“How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.”  ~ William Faulkner

This quote from Faulkner illustrates a familiar feeling that many of us have as we have grown up, gone off to college, and settled in a place different from where we grew up.  As a traveling nurse or therapist, you may experience a longing to return to your childhood home from time to time, and the good news is “you can always go home!”

Working Tourist: Enjoying the Journey

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Kimiko Williams, PT/DPT was born and raised in Louisiana and will always consider herself to be a southern girl at heart.    She graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After finishing school, she spent two years working in Dallas Texas, but she wasn’t sure when or where she wanted to settle down.  This yearning to explore other cities and alternative settings led her to join the ranks of Travel Therapists.

Working Tourist: Making Up for Lost Time

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Judy Solar has been a Labor & Delivery nurse for 32 years and in that time has helped a lot of moms and dads bring their newest family member into the world.  For several years now, Judy had been contemplating making a change and joining the world of travel nursing.

Find Yourself in the Pacific Northwest

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If you have never traveled to the State of Washington, you are missing out on one of our nation’s most beautiful states.  From the coast of the Pacific Ocean, up north to the Puget Sound with its islands, fjords, and bays carved from glaciers.  Inland, there are ranges of tall, majestic mountains and lush forests of evergreens, pines, spruce, and cedar. Oh, and the State of Washington is also our 13th most populous state.  Let’s take a closer look at this magnificent travel destination and provide you with a few reasons to plan your next travel assignment in “The Evergreen State.”

Setting Off in an RV On Your Next Travel Assignment

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Did you know that there is a pretty exclusive group of travel nurses and therapists that bring their home with them on assignments, instead of moving from apartment to apartment?  Some working tourists choose to travel in an RV when going on assignment.  If you think about it, there are some inherent benefits of bringing your home with you.  In your RV, you will already have everything you need as opposed to fumbling around a strange apartment and making the obligatory trip to the local superstore to stock up on necessities. In reality, as convenient as it may be, the decision to use an RV for your travel assignments is not that cut and dried.  Let’s take a look at a few things to consider.

Make Your Island Dreams Come True

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The chances are quite good that when you were deciding whether or not you wanted to become a travel nurse, you entertained visions of one day taking an assignment in Hawaii.  After all, Hawaii is annually ranked as one of the top travel destinations in the world, and that is from people who plan to PAY to go there.

Perfect Travel Assignments for Winter – Part 2

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In Part 1 of our series on Perfect Travel Assignments for Winter, we explored several great states for those who love winter sports, snow, and all that goes along with it.  In Part 2, let’s examine some great travel assignment locations for those who want to escape the winter wonderland.  Right now, there are a variety of travel opportunities for nurses and therapists who want to keep their summer alive year round.

Perfect Travel Assignments for Winter – Part 1

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If you are like many of us, you’ve had about enough of one of the hottest summers on record.  Sure, the beaches and picnics were great, but trying to find your golf ball on the brownish fairway is getting old.  Right about now, you are itching to get out your skis and snowboard and head off to the mountains.  That itch can be scratched sooner than you think if you start planning your winter travel assignment right now.

Tips for Choosing the Right Travel Assignment

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As with any career, the more experience you have, the easier it is to make decisions about what your next steps should be.  In your career as a travel healthcare professional, you are in the fortunate position of being able to choose your assignments based on your personal goals and career objectives.  There aren’t many careers that allow a person to select a new assignment every thirteen weeks.  If you are relatively new to this travel career, there are some things to keep in mind to help you choose the right travel assignment.

The Call of the Big Apple

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Do you hear that sound? If you listen hard enough, you can hear the call of the Big Apple telling you it’s time to plan your next travel assignment in one of the five boroughs that make up this grand city.  There are many opportunities currently available that will place you in the New York City area for the upcoming holiday season.  Let’s face it, haven’t we all wanted to experience New York City as it transforms into a holiday wonderland with festive displays, lights, glitzy shows, and more? 

It’s Time for a Florida Travel Assignment

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Are you starting to fret about summer coming to an end?  Does a chill run down your spine at the thought of autumn leaves and early snow?  If this sounds like you, then it’s time to plan your next assignment in the Sunshine State.  Currently, there are a variety of travel assignments throughout the state of Florida for Travel Nurses and Therapists.  When most people think of Florida, they automatically think of the fun and excitement of the Orlando area attractions and the beaches in Miami.  Instead of those well-known places, let’s take a look at some of the other great Florida destinations.

Surprising Benefits of Rock Climbing

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As a travel nurse or therapist, you have plenty of choices when selecting your next assignment destination. For the thirteen weeks that you are a “working tourist”, there will be new restaurants to discover, art galleries to explore, beaches to enjoy, and rocks to climb! Whoa, hold on a minute, rocks to climb? Yes, you read that correctly, rock climbing is fast becoming a fitness activity for the mainstream.

California Dreaming: Plan Your Next Assignment in the Golden State

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The famous Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), also known as State Route 1, is a north-south gem that traverses much of the Pacific Coastline in California.  From Orange County, just south of Los Angeles all the way to Mendocino County, well north of San Francisco, the PCH is the perfect marker to plan your next travel assignment.  As if the Pacific Ocean, the gorgeous weather, and amazing parks weren’t enough, did you know that there are great travel assignment opportunities in major cities up and down the coast?  Let’s take a look at some places for you to consider on your next travel assignment in California.