5 Reasons to Consider a Travel Assignment in Portland This Year

Choosing a travel nursing destination can be difficult, as nurses may feel overwhelmed with options. If you’re looking for a destination that has it all, consider an assignment in Portland, Oregon. There are some great obvious reasons to work there: Some of the world’s most creative chefs serve delectable treats at food carts and cafes. Peoplewatching is an endlessly entertaining hobby with residents from every walk of life. Architecture ranges from the historic downtown to funky art galleries and quirky pubs.

You’ll feel like a few months aren’t enough time to experience all this fascinating locale has to offer, especially when you consider the following fun reasons to go.

City Biking

Portland has over 300 miles of bike trails and the nation’s highest number of two-wheeled commuters. The bike-share program Biketown allows residents and visitors to rent a bike from a number of locations for a small fee and return it to any of the city’s 100 kiosks for a credit. The city holds year-round bike festivals like Pedalpalooza and Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride.

Easy Licensing

The Oregon State Nursing board processes permanent license applications within three to four weeks. The state provides a checklist with each application, so you know if you meet qualifications and submit all documentation needed for application processing.


Portland has more than 65 breweries, and might be the Craft Beer Capital of the world. Whether you prefer British, Belgian or sour, Portland has breweries scattered all along the Willamette River with tasting rooms and tasty pub fare. Beer festivals happen throughout the year, so there’s often the chance to gather with other beer lovers in celebration.

Outdoor Opportunities

Washington Park beckons outdoor explorers with miles of biking and hiking trails, an extensive Japanese garden and a zoo. Take a scenic drive through the Willamette Valley for magnificent views of the Cascades and verdant agricultural vistas. The Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Tour takes only a half day when you’re coming from Portland.

Top Hospitals

Oregon Health and Science University ranks nationally for seven adult and six pediatric specialties. The 565-bed facility was also high performing in nine procedures and conditions and has an ongoing need for travel nurses.

Providence Portland Medical Center ranks nationally in two adult specialties and is high performing in eight procedures and conditions. Providence St. Vincent Medical Center also ranks at the top of the list of Oregon facilities.

When you’re evaluating your travel nursing choices, Emerald City Medical Staffing is available to help answer your questions. Interested in finding a job in Oregon? View our open jobs now!

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