Everything is bigger in Texas, including the demand for travel nurses. Are you looking for an exciting new experience where you can really make a difference? Look no further than the Lone Star State. Texas also has a large number of hospitals and healthcare facilities, which means that there are plenty of travel nursing job opportunities.
Why Travel to Texas
Texas is the second largest US state by both, population (second only to California) and by square miles (second only to Alaska). Since Texas is a BIG state, there are lots of travel nursing job opportunities and diverse cultures throughout. Additionally, Texas cities are sprawling despite large populations, they are spread out giving you more to explore.
It may not feel like it yet, but winter is just around the corner. Texas usually has mild winters with warmer weather lasting well into the fall. In fact, temperatures rarely go below 32 degrees or above 96. So, if you aren’t a fan of snow and prefer to wear lighter clothing year-round, Texas is a great place to be a travel nurse.
Travel Nursing Jobs
Texas is part of the enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC). So if you have a Compact license, you are ready to go. However, if you don’t, it only takes about two weeks to acquire your temp license and you can complete the application online.
Top Travel Nursing Destinations in Texas
There are so many potential destinations in Texas. Here are a few destination spotlights to help narrow down your search. A few of the best locations for travel nurse assignments are:
Dallas is famous for a lot of different things. There’s a wealth of history, food, art museums, and more. This city is considered a cultural hub with the nation’s largest arts district. It has 19 city blocks of museums, galleries, and venues like the Nasher Sculpture Garden, The Winspear, and The Perot Museum. If you are looking for enriching and fun activities on your day off, Dallas is a great place to start.
Fort Worth is similar to nearby Dallas. It also has world-renowned museums. This is cowboy/cowgirl country. The Fort Worth Stockyards are home to rodeos and the National Cowgirl Museum. As an added bonus, the hospital district is conveniently located right next to the food-loving hipster neighborhood known as the Near Southside.
Houston is the 4th largest city in the U.S., known for its thriving restaurant scene and cultural experiences. The mild climate makes this the perfect place for outdoor activities. Downtown, there’s a thriving arts scene with professional resident companies in ballet, opera, symphony, and theater. If you are interested in more cutting-edge attractions, visit Space Center Houston.
Do you remember the Alamo? San Antonio sure does. The 18th-century Spanish mission is preserved as a museum, marking the infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. Today, San Antonio is a cultural melting pot that honors and embraces diversity. Check out the famous River Walk for 15 miles of cultivated shopping, dining, and fun.
If you are a music buff, Austin is the place for you. Known for its eclectic live-music scene, Austin is a popular destination for country, blues, and rock music fans. This state capital has outdoor activities for everyone, from kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake to swimming at Barton Springs. But don’t forget the food. Austin also boasts top-notch Tex Mex food and BBQ on almost every corner.
The Gulf Coast
We mentioned that Texas was big, but many overlook the beautiful beach towns in the southern part of the state. Galveston Island and South Padre Island are common tourist destinations but would be lovely places for a travel nursing assignment. The Moody Gardens in Galveston are perfect for nature enthusiasts while the beaches and calm waters of South Padre are great for relaxing days off.
Demand for Travel Nurses in Texas
Currently, there’s a high demand for nurses throughout the state of Texas. COVID-19 is surging across the country and Texas has been hit particularly hard. Texas also has the most hospitals of any state in the U.S., so travel nursing jobs and contracts are readily available statewide and are always in high demand. Contact Supplemental Health Care’s recruiting team to see if Texas is right for you!
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