How to Fulfill Your Bucket List through Travel Nursing Assignments
By Anita Wong, contributor
Whether you want to see the Northern Lights in Alaska or
Times Square in New York, travel nursing is a great way to cross off dream
destinations from your bucket list. Choose from exciting opportunities working
as a travel RN across the country, earning money and experiencing adventure at
the same time.
Keep in mind that flexibility is important when it comes
to making the most of travel nursing. You might not land your dream assignment
right away, but even if a job comes up that's not in a place on your bucket
list, it offers its own set of unique experiences. It's also a great way to add
diverse skills to your resume and takes you one step closer to your ultimate
Don't have a travel nurse bucket list yet? Draw some inspiration
from this roundup of enticing locations that you can visit on travel nursing
There are more than 60 national parks in the United
States, each with their own breathtaking scenery. While the Grand Canyon is an
all-American experience, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park should also slot into
your travel nurse bucket list. Located on the Big Island, this awe-inspiring
park boasts Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa,
the earth's largest volcano. The dramatic landscape features rainforest, desert
and excellent opportunities for hiking and camping.
Travel nursing can also take you to Alaska
to experience the wilderness of Denali National Park. Look for travel nursing assignments
in Fairbanks or Anchorage and get close to this untouched terrain. Featuring
glaciers, tundra, rivers, forest and incredible wildlife, the park is also home
to Mount Denali, the highest peak in North America.
Maximize your travels using a compact nursing license and
work with your recruiter to line up assignments in several different states. A
multistate license from the Nurse Licensure
Compact can make you eligible for jobs in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
and South Dakota, letting you check off Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone and Grand
Teton National Parks from your travel nurse bucket list.
If you've always wanted to explore the vibrant French
Quarter in New Orleans, Times Square in New York or Miami's glittering South
Beach, search Onward Healthcare's job
board for opportunities in those cities. You might also want to
explore the famous Las Vegas strip or posh Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. Large
urban areas often have demand for nurses in a wide range of specialties and
offer many sights to visit during a typical 13-week travel assignment.
Maybe your travel nurse bucket list is about
experiences and not a specific destination. If you're passionate about surfing,
check out the waves and vistas in time-honored destinations such as California,
Florida and Hawaii. If you want to be near popular ski resorts, apply
for travel assignments in Colorado, Utah and Vermont and hit the
slopes on your days off.
Those craving adrenaline might want to conquer some of the
country's most challenging rapids. Fodor's list of top whitewater rafting
destinations includes Colorado River in Arizona, Gauley River in West Virginia,
Rogue River in Oregon and Kennebec River in Maine.
For the ultimate bucket list experience, soar over the
country in a hot air balloon to see it from a different perspective. Hot air
balloon tours are offered in many states, including North Carolina, New England
Whether you're seeking an iconic American experience,
breathtaking scenic beauty or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, your in-demand
nursing skills can let you care for patients and discover the country. Learn about
the freedom and flexibility that comes with being a travel RN
and tackle your bucket list today.