Winter brings harsh weather to much of the country, but travel nursing offers the option of getting away from inclement weather. A California assignment provides endless sun and warm temperatures year-round. For those who love the slopes, ski destinations are a short drive away. The Golden State offers no shortage of top-notch hospitals with competitive pay. Explore just a few of the reasons to try travel nursing in California this winter.
The state has more than 420 hospitals, many of which are magnet hospitals. Magnet hospitals receive their identification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. They must meet exacting standards in five core areas to show they offer a high quality of care and are a friendly, positive place to work. They tend to have very low turnover because of their quality leadership, autonomy, organizational procedures and nursing innovations. Only a few hundred facilities in the country currently hold this distinction.
Fifty-three California hospitals made the U.S. News list of best hospitals.
Healthcare industry regulations have made hiring full-time nurses increasingly expensive. Hospitals in places like California experience especially high demand during winter months when travelers flock to the coast from cold weather states. It reduces overhead to hire traveling nurses to fill seasonal demand.
Organizations also use travel nurses to fill specialized positions or those where fields have a high rate of turnover. Travel nursing gives you the opportunity to provide a meaningful service at an extremely competitive pay rate.
See the State
While retirees winter in California for the warm, dry air, tourists visit during spring, summer and fall with peak traffic when kids are out of school. Winter in California to enjoy some of the state’s top destinations without the crowds. The best months to see Disneyland are January and February. Avoid the lines and score off-season deals with only a handful of other travelers.
For the best holiday festivities, head to Newport Beach. View the Christmas yacht parade or meander through Orange County to see the Huntington Beach Cruise of Lights or the Surfing Santas at Salt Creek Beach. The Pasadena Rose Parade takes place on New Year’s Day, with related events that start days before. Hike Yosemite in the winter or head to Death Valley for the Geminid meteor shower.
Emerald City Medical Staffing has openings in some of the best winter destinations. View our latest job postings today.