As we move into fall, many of you are already looking ahead for your winter contract. The snowy season often inspires travelers to head south for warmer weather, but this might not always be the best option for travel nurses. Think about it: When so many other nurses want to get away from the snow, a high percentage will be looking for assignments in those warm vacation destinations. This can make it more difficult to find job opportunities with higher pay.
This year, you may consider taking a break from searching for a winter job where the sun is always shining. Taking a nursing job in the Northeast during the winter actually comes with a variety of benefits, such as:
1. Greater pay
“Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Nebraska are among the most affordable places to live in the U.S.”
While travel nurses can almost always make a higher salary in destinations like California, the cost of living there means you won’t necessarily bring home the bigger paycheck. According to U.S. News and World Report, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Nebraska are among the most affordable places to live in the U.S. based on cost of living and housing affordability. These are also some of the coldest and snowiest states in the country, which means you can get the most bang for your buck if you head here for a travel nursing assignment.
2. More opportunity
Snowbirds who often flock to the warmer destinations cause an influx in the available travel nursing jobs. By the same token, this can make it easier for others to find jobs in the colder areas. Being the opposite of a snowbird means you’re fine with the winter chill and are willing to take care of those who don’t reside in the warmer states during the winter. Not only does this provide greater job opportunities, but it also shows employers your drive and dedication to care for others no matter the weather.
3. Winter activities
If you’re traveling to a place with colder weather this winter, there’s a chance you enjoy spending time in the snow. Take advantage of the great outdoors during your assignment with a hike through the snowy mountains, or ride the hills on a set of skis or a snowboard. Travelnursing.com specifically recommended New Haven, Connecticut, for this reason; there’s plenty of slopes in Connecticut’s ski resorts and more nearby in Vermont. Additionally, you’re only a couple of hours from cities like Boston and New York City, which are both beautiful at Christmastime.
There are travel nursing opportunities all over the country during winter, but you might find more options in the destinations most people are avoiding when it gets cold. Connect with a recruiter to discover the best places for travel nursing this winter.