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While Arizona tends to have a reputation as a travel destination, it’s also a city beloved by residents. If you’re thinking about where to go for your next travel nurse position, places such as Phoenix to Scottsdale deserve your consideration. A move to Arizona has lots of things to look forward to, from vibrant outdoor activities and sports to thriving downtowns and waterfronts! Read on to see the top reasons to make Arizona your new home.

1. Weather

Not only is it warm, but Arizona residents enjoy low humidity levels in winter, not to mention the rest of the year. With temperatures all winter long that average in the mid-60s and more than 300 days of sunshine, the Arizona is one of the best places to live in the United States based on weather alone.

2. They Embrace Outsiders

Between 60 and 70 percent of Arizonans are from somewhere else ! This most likely means it will be easy to make friends and meet new people, since they will be new to the area as well! In Arizona, you can write your own tickets. As the first governor, George Hunt, once said — all you need to grit, will and determination. The opportunities are boundless for newcomers.

3. It’s Family Friendly

In 2014, Scottsdale was named the top city in the country to raise a family. It scored especially high in the “average family income”, “quality of public schools”, and “public parks” categories. Additionally, Arizona is home to three of the top ten public high schools in the nation.  It has one of the most comprehensive school choice programs in the United States because parents have a right to choose the best schools for their children regardless of what zip code they live in.

4. Lots of Outdoor Activities

It’s simple to live your life outside in most of Arizona! Endless adventure awaits you! Hike or ride horseback along scenic desert trails. Tackle red-rocked backcountry on a Jeep. Raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Or soar above stunning landscapes by plane, zipline or skydive.

5. Sports

Arizona is legendary for golf, and it’s a big economic and tourism driver locally. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the most-attended tournament in the world, with an annual attendance at 500,000. But of course, baseball spring training for several pro teams and the local teams is another huge draw, along with the wonderful baseball traditions and culture built up over the years.

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As the title itself, “Travel Nurse” says it all – many travel nurses are committed to relocating and traveling to the next open hospital as a part of their lifestyle. In the process of travel, commuting, and spending time acclimating to a new location, the process CAN in fact be enjoyable – and even inspirational. Through the modern advances of technology in passion-driven communities, podcasts have emerged as an avenue for not only entertainment, but for educational, motivational, and promotional purposes. Communities are now able to access any type of learning and growth experience at the palm of their hands in the midst of traveling and commuting to and from.

The latest platforms of podcasts are elevating the means of multitasking and inspiring the world to continue their pursuit of their industries – such as travel nursing. Nurses, and even more particularly, travel nurses, are able to access a variety of Travel Nursing podcasts to grow their passion at the convenience of their busy schedules and traveling.

Below are the 5 Best Travel Nursing Podcasts to Listen to While Traveling:

1. “The Truth About Travel Nursing”

“The Truth About Travel Nursing” is a podcast series created by Kyle Schmidt, a travel nurse expert, and founder of the Travel Nursing site, BluePipes. Through is expertise of travel RN and passion for career coaching, Kyle explores the topics of Travel Nursing and the means of navigating the nursing career, housing, contracts, pay, and more. This podcast allows travel nurses to navigate their own means of managing and developing their own nursing careers.

2. “Your Next Shift: A Nursing Podcast”

“Your Next Shift: A Nursing Podcast” is presented by Elizabeth Scala, a nursing enthusiast whose goal is to continue to ignite the passion behind nursing and motivate nurses to continue in their career paths. Engaging the nursing community, Elizabeth provides insight to creating the best mindsets and practices as a nurse to produce their best work possible in the healthcare industry.

3. “Insights in Nursing”

“Insights in Nursing” is a podcast created for travel nurses and nurses to attain a variety of advice on unspoken nursing topics and questions. Hosted by Jamie Davis, a medical educator and host of another great podcast, “The Nursing Show; Jamie provides travel nurses the insight behind the reality of nursing and the healthcare system.

4. “The Nurse Keith Show”

“The Nurse Keith Show” is another reputable podcast produced by holistic career coach, Keith Carlson. Exploring the modern advances of the 21st century nurses, Keith provides advice and inspirational development to staying up-to-date with the latest nursing careers. This podcast is for nurses or travel nurses who are looking to excel in their career paths by picking apart the key elements for achieving the highest success and creating a satisfying nursing career.

5. “Sawbones”

The podcast, “Sawbones” is an entertaining nursing podcast that investigates the historical practices of medicine over the years that lead to modern medicine. This podcast is a comedic angle on learning more about the advances of modern medicine, along with the past horrors of the variety of odd techniques doctors would practice. This is a great educational and entertaining podcast laying out the history of outdated medicine and shocking stories before the new age of modern medicine.

With the ever changing industry of healthcare, and the evolving technological advances of modern platforms, the Travel Nursing industry can be an inspirational, and continual growth to superseding modern health and medicine. While on the road to travel, nurses have the ability to access educational podcasts to continue the growth of passion in the industry. Want to start traveling nurses? Head over to the website to get started!

With California being the most populated state in the U.S, over 38 million residents, the state is in a constant need of nurses. If you’re interested in travel nursing, you’ll probably find yourself in California at some point. I mean, what’s there not to love about living in California? There are so many pretty aspects of the geological side ie: mountains, cool weather, clean beaches, and the overall “aesthetic”.

 

Opportunities

California has 3 major hospital organizations located in different places of the state! In other states, there is typically only one or two major hospital organizations, in which can limit a traveling nurse’ earning potential. This would not allow them to go to new organizations because of a strict contract they sign within that main organization. However, in the state of California, there are three main organizations. Kaiser Permanente is the largest with over 38 hospitals throughout the state. Dignity Health operates at least 32 hospitals, and Sutter Medical Foundation operates at least 19 hospitals. The opportunities are endless. Of course there are other smaller hospital organizations, in which have their own benefits. Smaller Organizations can sometimes offer more pay, which is always a major factor when searching for jobs.

Pay

You may have heard that California is very expensive and the cost of living is through the roof. While the cost of living may be slightly higher than other places, minimum wage starts at $11.50 an hour! If you compare annual salaries from Florida travel nurses to California travel nurses, the annual salary is dramatically different. In Florida the average annual salary for travel nursing is $56,600 a year, whereas in California its $85,600! That’s a $29,600 difference in annual pay (before taxes). As you can see, not only is there endless opportunities in California for travel nursing, but the pay is 40.78% higher. This pay difference will help even out the cost of living making it more attractive to live in a very desirable location.

Location

When looking at lists of the most popular U.S. states to visit, California is always at the top of the list. Why? Well, California is known for it’s diversity in people, landscapes and communities! You can travel an hour east and see the desert, an hour north and play in the snow (during winter), and an hour west to tan at the beach all in one day! Not to mention, there’s no humidity! California truly has something to offer for everyone, no matter the demographic.

 

So, the next time you hear that the “west coast is the best coast”, you’ll have a tad bit more insight to understand why. The annual pay is above the national average, the location is versatile and beautiful and the opportunities are endless! So, what are you waiting for? Sign up with KPG Healthcare today!
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