When looking for high-quality travel nursing opportunities often nurses think about large cities on either the East coast or West coast. Often overlooked is a large portion of the middle of the country called the Midwest. The Midwest spans from North Dakota down to Kansas and then across to Ohio adding up to 12 states in all. The Midwest has much to offer travel nurses that most don’t consider or even know about. Let’s discuss some important things to know about the Midwest when considering whether or not to take an assignment in the part of the U.S.
1.World-Renown Healthcare Facilities
Although the Midwest doesn’t get a lot of allure compared to larger coastal cities in the US such as Los Angeles and Boston, it holds two of the top five healthcare facilities, including the number one ranked hospital in the World, Mayo Clinic. It is safe to say that the Midwest knows healthcare and nursing well. You don’t need to go to the largest cities in the U.S. to find great travel nurse opportunities. Rochester, MN which is home to the Mayo Clinic has a population of fewer than 150,000 people and Cleveland Clinic is larger but still contains a population less than 400,000. Surrounding hospitals in the Midwest are competing with the best hospitals in the world.
2. Changing of the Seasons
If you have never lived in the Midwest or in the northern part of the country, the drastic changing of the season could be a refreshing welcome or a harsh reality. Depending on how you deal with cold, you could arrange travel assignments around the often harsh winters where temperatures can easily dip well below zero (degrees in Fahrenheit). Or if you enjoy winter activities such as ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling, a travel assignment during the winter months could be a great fit. Snowstorms in the upper Midwest can drop between 12-18 inches in a day. Even with a significant accumulation of snow, don’t necessarily expect hospitals, schools, or malls to close. Fall tends to be a favorite season for most as it brings about beautiful colored leaves and cool, refreshing temperatures along with it.
3. Work Commute
Traveling across most the Midwest of easier and less congested than that of other big cities. The Midwest also has some of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S. Nurses and other professions don’t have much trouble finding an easy and relatively short commute to work. Additionally, while traveling in your free time, you will be pleased with the amount of traffic if you come from large urban areas like LA and New York, a welcomed reprieve for many.
4. Affordable Housing Options
If you are frugal with your money and would like to maximize your income to allow for travel and entertainment budget you will be pleased to know that the Midwest offers a highly affordable housing market for travel nurses. In fact, the Midwest is home to six of the top ten most affordable states to live in when calculating the cost of living and affordable housing. Rather than cramming into a tiny home and paying a lot of money, you won’t have any problem finding an affordable and appealing place to live. Additionally, the Midwest has great communities for couples or families to join making living transitions as easy as possible.
5. Competitive Pay
Many states with the Midwest offer competitive pay to travel nurses. When you factor in pay, housing costs, and cost of living, the Midwest is highly competitive compared to other high-paying states or regions. If the hustle and bustle of the city life aren’t appealing but you still desire to be paid fairly, take a travel nurse assignment in the Midwest.
No matter what your taste is, the Midwest has something to offer travel nurses looking to have a good time during their time off. Travel nurses who enjoy camping, hiking, boating, beaches, fishing, hunting, sporting events, and getting to know arguably the friendliest people in the country should pursue travel nurse assignment in the Midwest region. It won’t be easy to find a better balance of modern amenities without the big city feel. That being said, the Midwest does contain some large cities that do offer travel nurses an urban experience.
Chicago, Columbus, and Madison are all large cities with a lot of urban attractions for travel nurses to enjoy. These and other large Midwest cities showcase professional sports, large corporations, historic sites, and wonderful food and entertainment.
The Midwest contains great opportunities for travel nurses to advance their careers and enjoy their time off to the fullest. When looking for your next travel nurse assignment, consider this region for all it has to offer!