Travel Nurse Spotlight: Washington
For the people who love the sound and smell of rain and never-ending, beautiful trees, Washington is the place to visit. Finding activities to do or places to visit will be easy in the stunning state of Washington.
Healthcare in Washington
There are several options for families and individuals who need to purchase healthcare insurance. Residents can shop with the private marketplace or federal marketplace exchange. Eligible individuals or families can apply for public health plans such as Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).
When the Affordable Care Act began, Washington chose to be a part of the federally-facilitated marketplace. Residents can apply for income-based federal assistance to help them lower their healthcare premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.
Medicaid is available for low-income, single Washington residents as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. Washington provides CHIP for eligible children.
Licensing in Washington
Nurses can be licensed in four different professions:
- Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). To apply for a license, nurses must have an active RN license. They must also provide proof of current national certification and proof of 250 hours of advanced nursing practicing.
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Nurses need a certificate of completion, official transcripts, FBI background check information, and NCLEX results.
- Nursing Technician. They must be enrolled in a Registered Nurse program. The program can be two or four years long, resulting in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. They will also need education verification and employer verification. There should be a statement about mental and physical health status, felony convictions, loss of limitations of privileges, a lack of impairment from substance abuse, license history, and history of professional liability claims.
- Registered Nurse (RN). RNs need a certificate of completion, official transcripts, FBI background check information, and NCLEX results.
Licenses should renewed according to each license’s rules.
Attractions in Washington
Washington combines city life and nature into one state. Located in the Pacific Northwest, and known as the Emerald City, here mountains, evergreen trees, and water surround the residents. There’s definitely no shortage of activities and breathtaking views.
The most popular city in Washington is Seattle. It’s a bustling city, perfect for those who enjoy a fast-paced lifestyle. Travel nurses can enjoy a cup of coffee while taking a walk through the city and check out the Seattle Art Museum and cultural heritage of Washington. Bellevue is another city that’s worth visiting. It’s known for its nightlife, sightseeing, spas, and parks. Even though it’s a smaller area, it has the feel of a big metropolitan city.
For travel nurses who want to enjoy the rain, trees, and a faster lifestyle, Washington may be the right fit and the next future destination.
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