Travel Nursing Destination Spotlight: Seattle
by Sarah Stasik
If you're ready to explore a new area, nursing jobs in Seattle might be perfect for you. Whether you're looking for big city culture or outdoor adventures you'll talk about for years, the Emerald City is a stellar choice.
5 Reasons to Take Nursing Jobs in Seattle
1. High-paying heathcare jobs in Seattle
The average salary for RNs across the nation is $70,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But nurses in Washington State make an average of $77,470 per year.
Whether you're an entry-level travel nurse looking for nursing jobs in Seattle or you have years of experience, you may be able to earn more when working in the northwest state. Plus, you'll get other great benefits including a housing allowance or free housing.
2. Access to exciting outdoor options
Seattle and the surrounding state offers unparalleled access to nature's beauty. Whether you're looking for a day hike or a weekend camping trip, this area is ideal for nurses who love the outdoors.
Climb Mount Rainier or spend a weekend on the water thanks to the nearby Puget Sound. Even if you can't get out of the city during the week, Seattle is one of the most walkable cities in the nation and provides ample room for cyclists, making it easy to explore green areas, shops and downtown.
3. Plenty of city cultural and night life
From the Space Needle to the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle offers RNs plenty of options for unwinding on off days.
Hit the waterfront shops at Pike Place Market on a Saturday afternoon, browse the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum on a morning off or visit Aston Manor or other Seattle nightlife destinations for dancing and social enjoyment after a shift.
4. Excellent public transportation
Seattle has an extensive public transportation system that include bus, rail and water craft. From streetcars and monorail to water taxis and buses, the number of vehicles ready to ferry you about the Puget Sound area is astounding.
Plus, the Night Owl bus service in King County runs from midnight to 5 a.m., so nurses on the late shift know they have a ride home.
5. A door to all of Washington
Nursing jobs in Seattle offer a door to career options throughout the entire state. Since Washington isn't part of the Enhanced Nursing Compact Licensure agreement, nurses who land healthcare jobs in Seattle may want to follow them up with jobs in locations like Tacoma to make the most of their state license.
Wherever you want to work, Onward Healthcare can help you find and apply to open positions to get you there.