There are plenty of opinions out there surrounding what cities and states are the “best” for travel healthcare professionals. Depending on personal preferences, travelers flock to warm states in the winter, snowy states for the mountain adventurers, cities with bustling nightlife, and many other spots for various reasons. There is a lot of information on the web for travelers to search through for the most popular destinations, and while that is all fine and well, we think travelers may be missing out on some hidden gems that lack nothing in quality but may lack in simply being advertised. If a traveler does not know about locations that may fit their preferences perfectly just due to a lack of education about their options they could really be missing out. For us, we are a California-based company, so we teamed up with our client’s Next Move Inc., to discuss their program “Midwest Discovery” and shed some light on all of the reasons why Midwest travel may be your next best travel healthcare assignment fit.
First, to clarify, Next Move Inc. specializes in “finding that perfect assignment in locations throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Constantly thriving, growing and building, Next Move also accepts applications nationwide and offers elite assignments in California, Colorado, and Texas” (Nextmoveinc.com, 2019).
So, why should you be interested in the Midwest? What is so great about taking an assignment in these states?
High Job Demand
The Midwest is a flourishing and thriving economy for healthcare workers, especially travel nurses. There are hundreds of options for you to choose from, so you will rarely have to worry about finding an assignment. (Nextmoveinc.com, 2019)
Low Cost of Living
The Midwest offers a much lower cost of living compared to other regions of the nation. You’ll save big money not just on rent, but on everything from the cost of a dozen eggs to a movie theatre ticket to gasoline to dining out, almost everything is cheaper in the Midwest. (Nextmoveinc.com, 2019)
Travel nurses at Next Move earn $1,900 per week on average with an average contract length of 13 weeks. Those nurses that work full-time throughout the year earn close to $100K per year, well over the industry average. (Nextmoveinc.com, 2019)
One major stereotype about the Midwest, that is absolutely true, is that the people are really friendly. A Midwesterner will be the first to smile and say hello, bring you a pasta bake during a tough time, and wave you through at a four-way stop. (Nextmoveinc.com, 2019)
With several nursing compact states in the Midwest, the application and licensing process to work and live state-to-state is extraordinarily simple, and Next Move is with you every step of the way. (Nextmoveinc.com, 2019)
Amazing Work-Life Balance
Maybe it’s the lack of congestion, the open landscape, the slower pace of life, or maybe it’s just having a stranger say hello to you. Whatever the case may be, when it comes to work-life balance, many Midwesterners seem to have gotten it right. (Nextmoveinc.com, 2019)
And now, let’s take a look at what some of the Midwest states have to offer outside of work.
Arkansas: known for its abundant park and wilderness areas, with terrain encompassing mountains, caves, rivers, and hot springs. Browse Arkansas Jobs
Missouri: instantly recognizable arch towering over St. Louis, a record-number 5,500 caves to explore underground, thousands of lakes to wind you through the unmatched Ozarks – Missouri will leave you breathless. Browse Missouri Jobs
Kansas: from the salt mines of Strataca to the hometown of Superman, Kansas was built by pioneers and continues to reinvent itself while still managing to stay true to its heart, proving that Dorothy was right: There really is no place like home. Browse Kansas Jobs
Oklahoma: while some of the rural areas might be more of what an out-of-towner expects when they’re thinking “home on the range,” cities like Oklahoma City and Tulsa have become cultural hubs of Middle America in recent years, attracting people from all walks of life. Browse Oklahoma Jobs
Louisiana: the cultural roots are deep throughout Louisiana and are what make this state one of the most distinctive. Everywhere you turn, there is something new to eat, another festival to celebrate, another accent to decipher, more music to keep your toes tapping, and even more wilderness to explore. Browse Louisiana Jobs
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