Arizona Is a Nurse Licensure Compact State and Other Reasons to Apply For Jobs There
By Moira K. McGhee, Contributor
Known for its warm climate and beautiful landscapes, Arizona is a favorite of vacationers, but it's also a great place to work and live. June 21 was National Arizona Day, so why not get to know the Grand Canyon state better and see what makes this nurse licensure compact locale a great place for travel nursing? Travel nursing is ideal for building your resume while finding adventure, and that's one of the many things you'll find when you apply for a job in this vibrant state.
It's a Nurse Licensure Compact State
One of the biggest benefits of travel nursing is getting to explore new places, but taking a position in a state that's not part of the nurse licensure compact can be time-consuming and costly. You won't have this problem in Arizona. Nurse licensure compact states like Arizona streamline your eligibility for travel nursing opportunities by allowing you to accept nursing positions in other compact states without having to obtain additional licenses.
Registered nurses who already hold a license in a compact state can work in any other compact state with a multi-state license issued in their home state. Your work history, specialty and other pertinent experience is stored in a shared database, which is accessible by all nursing compact states. The enhanced nursing licensing compact (eNLC) went into effect January 19, 2018, and makes the process even better.
It's Home to the Grand Canyon and Many Other Amenities
Arizona is best known for the Grand Canyon, its most distinguishable landmark. Carved by the Colorado River, this magnificent natural wonder is a mile-deep chasm that spans 277 miles in length and up to 18 miles in width. Everyone should visit this beautiful creation of nature at least once in their lifetime, but it's even more exciting in 2019, which marks the Canyon's 100th birthday celebration.
Besides the Grand Canyon, you'll find plenty of other adventures in Arizona, especially in the state's capital. The Phoenix area is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts because it's home to 189 city parks and more than 33,000 acres of desert preserves. Hike over 200 miles of designated trails, including those in Camel back Mountain or the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Explore the Desert Botanical Garden, take a fantastic float trip while Salt River tubing, go kayaking or paddle boarding on Tempe Town Lake or enjoy live music in the scenic outdoors at the Ak-Chin Pavilion. Sports fans have numerous professional sports teams to cheer on, and you'll find ample opportunities to shop and dine at the finest establishments in the updated arts and shopping districts that fringe the downtown area.
Explore all the wonderful things Arizona has to offer when you find a travel nurse job at Onward Healthcare.
Warm Weather and Less Bugs
The Greater Phoenix area is nicknamed the Valley of the Sun for a reason. The weather is one of the Phoenix area's biggest draws, reports U.S. News & World Report. Daytime highs are mild in the winter, and spring comes as early as late January. You'll enjoy more sunshine than any other metro area in the nation, but there's plenty of sunshine throughout Arizona. Adding to the great weather, the state also boosts fewer insect problems compared to other states. According to the buzz, populations of gnats, flies and chiggers are almost nonexistent.
Driving is surprisingly easy in Arizona, especially in Phoenix. While you'll most likely need a car to get around the city, its well-planned grid makes getting where you need to go simple, even without GPS. Plus, its network of HOV lanes and highways that bypass the metro area keep traffic moving even when it's congested with rush hour traffic. The rest of the state holds true to easy drivability with highways that provide a straight shot to almost every destination, including fun road trips to nearby California and Nevada. However, don't forget to fuel up before extended trips, because much of the state is desert with gas stations often far apart.
Arizona is diverse and packed with things to do with its proximity to world-class attractions and local favorites. Add to the mix the wonderful weather, a reasonable cost of living and some of the most vibrant sunsets in the country and it's no wonder travel nurses love taking assignments in this awe-inspiring state.