Top 10 U.S. Cities for Nurses

Rochester, Minnesota, home to the Mayo Clinic, is the No. 1 city for nurses.

Rochester, Minnesota, home to the Mayo Clinic, is the No. 1 city for nurses, according to a Sunbelt Staffing study.

The beauty of a travel nursing career is that each assignment and each city are full of different experiences. You love the adventure, but you know as well as anyone that the cost of living across the U.S. varies greatly. So, which cities offer you the most for your career and your wallet?

The answer just might surprise you. Sunbelt Staffing, a healthcare staffing agency, has compiled a list of the top 10 best U.S. cities for nurses. The results are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospital quality scores from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade, and the cost of living for cities across the country.

According to the report, each city received a grade based on the number of jobs in the area, a wage score gauging average wage and cost of living for three nursing roles, and hospital quality rankings.

So, without further ado, below are the top 10 U.S. cities for nurses:

  1. Rochester, Minn.
  2. Durham, N.C.
  3. Winston-Salem, N.C.
  4. Huntington, W.Va.
  5. Cape Girardeau, Mo.
  6. Columbia, Mo.
  7. Knoxville, Tenn.
  8. Pueblo, Colo.
  9. Jackson, Miss.
  10. Bloomsburg, Pa.

You can check out the full report here.

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Strange State Laws

Strange State Laws for Travel Nurses to Know

Don’t Be This Guy: Here are some strange state laws to mind as you travel from state to state.

As a Travel Nurse you get the awesome opportunity to work while you explore the United States in all its glory. For the gorgeous beaches of Hawaii and California, to the delicious BBQ of Memphis and Kansas City, the serene lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and New York — and every awesome stop in between.

As you travel state to state for different assignments, you will likely discover different cultures, sayings, food trends, and all manner of differences from your home state.

But what about strange state laws?

Did you know that in North Carolina it is against the law to steal used kitchen grease?

How about that in Ohio it’s illegal to give fish alcohol?

Speaking of alcohol, did you know that in Texas you are only legally allowed to take three sips from your beer while you are standing?

To make extra sure you don’t accidentally break the law while traveling, check out this list of strange state laws compiled by Thrillist, which details the most irregular regulations in all 50 states.

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The Most Beautiful Spots in Each U.S. State

Niagara Falls

New York’s beautiful Niagara Falls.

As the Fourth of July weekend nears, patriotic revelers are set to celebrate throughout all 50 states. For travel nurses, you may be about to experience the Independence Day holiday in a brand new, exciting location — exploration is, after all, one of the major perks of a career in travel nursing, in addition to cultivating your career!

Over at Thrillist, where they just love to make lists that detail all the good, bad, and ugly that America has got going for it, they’re celebrating what they call “America Week” with a post called “The Most Beautiful Place in Each State.” So, no matter where your latest assignment has taken you — from Washington to Florida, from Alabama to Wyoming, and all points in between — they’ve suggested a beautiful site worth feasting your eyes on.

Georgia's Callaway Gardens

Georgia’s beautiful Callaway Gardens.

In the post they acknowledge that beauty can mean different things to different people, writing: “In Pennsylvania, it might be a towering skyline. In Nevada, a mountain lake. Every state (and/or Commonwealth!) has its own version of beauty, which is why we polled residents and tourism boards from each to determine what that one must-hit (and must-Instagram) spot is.”

Some of the most beautiful spots in each U.S. state mentioned in the list include:

Oregon's beautiful Crater Lake.

Oregon’s beautiful Crater Lake.

  • Arizona’s Havisu Falls
  • California’s Big Sur
  • Florida’s Seven Mile Bridge
  • Georgia’s Callaway Gardens
  • Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Swamp
  • Minnesota’s Boundary Waters
  • Nevada’s Lake Tahoe
  • New York’s Niagara Falls
  • Oregon’s Crater Lake
  • Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Wyoming’s Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park

As a Travel Nurse, you’re in a unique position to collect all 50! Let us know in the comments which of these beautiful wonders you’ve seen or have plans to see soon.

Happy Fourth of July weekend, everyone!

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