5 Factors to Consider Before Deciding on Your Next Travel Nursing Location
By Laure Justice,
As a travel nurse, you gain the opportunity to explore new
travel nursing locations in exciting new places, enjoy unique experiences and
meet new people. All these things are exciting and add to your quality of life
by creating the chance to see more of the country. In addition to choosing a
job in an area of the country that interests you, consider factors like cost of
living, local activities and the crime rate that will have an impact on your lifestyle
when you get your next job.
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1. Local transportation options
Things to considerabout transportation when choosing a travel nursing location for
your next assignment include whether you would drive, take public transportation
or walk to get around.
If you want to drive, you need to know how heavy
traffic is, road conditions and how long your current driver's license will be
acceptable in your new location. You may also want to determine the procedure
for getting a driver's license in areas you're considering if your current one
is close to its expiration date.
Things to consider about taking public
transportation include the proximity of bus, subway or train stops to where you
plan to work, shopping centers and where you plan to livewhile on assignment.
If you plan to walk, focus on safety. Make sure
there are safe places to walk without being in danger from traffic or strolling
through high-crime areas.
2. Crime rates
When you're choosing between multiple travel nursing
locations, crime rates can be an important consideration. Areaswith a low crime rate help you stay safe and tend to provide a
healthier lifestyle and have more positive things happening. Check the overall
crime rate for an area, and look for information about the specific types of
crime that are common in the areas you're considering.
Considering travel nurse positions in differentareas of the country lets you choose to work in an area that has the
type of climate you prefer. Whether you prefer the chilly winters of a northern
climate or the toasty warmth of a tropical setting, you can find jobs in
locations that deliver the kind of weather that makes you comfortable and
content. Average humidity and precipitation are other climate-related
considerations that may affect your experience in a given location.
4. Cost of living
The housing per diem or available housing option you
get when you work as a travel nurse reduces the impact of most cost of living
considerations. However, there are still considerations linked to living costs,
such as the cost of food, clothing and transportation. Taxes you have to pay
and your own healthcare costs are other things that are regionally linked to
the cost of living
and that you may want to consider when looking at new locations for
5. Parks, the arts and
Working as a traveling nurse is a great way to explorethe country, and gaining the opportunity to check out interesting
cultural venues is a big advantage of the lifestyle. You won't be spending
every moment at work so check to see what kind of attractions are in or near
locations you're considering. Things like parks where you can enjoy nature,
theaters for enjoying plays and movies and museums for topics that interest you
add to your experience in a new city.Choosing a new travel nursing location is
exciting, and it lets you visit the places you've always wanted to go. When you
spend a little extra time learning about an area, it helps you be certain of
finding a place to work that's safe, interesting and aligned with your personal
travel and career goals.