In addition to famous, mouth-watering peaches, Georgia has a lot to offer nurses interested in taking a travel nursing assignment there. The Empire State of the South serves up delicious foods, great natural beauty, 11 U.S. National Parks, and numerous historical sites. Plus, it’s known as a cultural hub and emerging tech center.
Travel nurse Teresa Hamilton loved her travel nursing assignment on the Georgia coast. “Being able to work at a hospital so close to the ocean has been more like a vacation than a job,” she says. “Working in a tourist town offers me plenty of activities when I am not at work.”
Ready to try travel nursing in Georgia? Here are seven reasons to choose Georgia as your next travel nursing destination.
1. Feel appreciated and needed as a nurse
Travel nursing jobs abound in Georgia. With 230 hospitals and more than 30,000 beds, there are lots of opportunities for nurses looking for jobs. The state hosts many top-ranked hospitals, such as Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which is nationally ranked for cancer treatment, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, and orthopedics. More than a dozen Georgia hospitals rank nationally in some categories.
2. Benefit from fast-tracked licensing
Georgia is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact, which makes it easy to get licensed. The NLC provides expedited licensing through the compact to nurses who qualify. It’s a great way to save time and money when preparing for an assignment in Georgia.
3. Enjoy life in a “best-of” state
In overall quality of life and best-of rankings, Georgia comes in at number 18 in U.S. News & World Report’s best states rankings. The annual list looks at numerous categories from healthcare and education to infrastructure and opportunity. In addition, the cost of living in Georgia is more affordable than many places in the U.S., so you’ll be able to make your travel nurse pay go further.
What else draws about 10,000 new residents to Georgia every year? For one, Georgia’s known for its arts, culture, and music. The city of Athens is famous for its music scene, producing R.E.M., the B-52’s, Widespread Panic, and the Modern Skirts. Plus, the state has ample outdoor recreation opportunities.
Millennials love Georgia’s social scene too! One Millennial blogger praises how Atlanta has changed for the better: “Millennials make up 25% of Atlanta’s population… Atlanta has transformed into a city that caters to them. Every time I visit my hometown, I find myself impressed with all the new cool shops and interesting restaurants!”
4. Learn about Georgia’s world-changing history
As one of the original 13 colonies, Georgia has a rich history and heritage. Highlights include 11 National Parks and other historically significant locations, especially for those interested in Civil War history.
Another major must-see is the burial place of Dr. Martin Luther King in Atlanta. The site commemorates the area where the remarkable civil rights leader was born, lived, and worshipped.
Want to take in the gorgeous older homes and Southern hospitality? Go an hour east of Atlanta to Madison, dubbed Georgia’s “authentic Southern town.” This small town showcases its historic homes, specialty shops, antique dealers, and Southern charm.
These ideas only begin to scratch the surface of things to do and see in Georgia.
5. Get outside
If you enjoy the ocean, check out the Golden Isles. This breathtaking landscape is home to four barrier islands, where you’ll find pristine beaches, activities, and family fun.
Six miles south of Chattanooga, on the Georgia-Tennessee border, is Rock City. This massive rock formation features the world-famous Lover’s Leap, which allows you to stand in one spot and see seven states.
More natural wonders can be enjoyed with a visit to Stone Mountain Park, one of Georgia’s most popular attractions. The 3,200-acre park highlights its year-round fun with fishing and laser light shows during the summer, and snow tubing during the winter.
6. Enjoy great weather
Georgia is known for its mild and warm weather with an average of 218 sunny days per year. Even the winter months have very few freezing nights, and many January days are in the 60s. The sunny climate drew travel nurse Tina Stines to Georgia. She and her husband bought a sailboat to live on the water while she travels between assignments. Now she only takes assignments that allow her to stay on board, even during the winter.
7. Taste the South
You’ll want to treat yourself to Georgia cuisine while on assignment. One place to check out is The Varsity in downtown Atlanta, which has been open since 1928. It’s the world’s largest drive-in, with a capacity of 600 cars and 800 people dining in. Their specialty is homemade chili, onion rings, and fried pies. Or visit nearby Mary Mac’s Tea Room where you can order “meat and three” (three side dishes) and sweet tea. Those are just two of the many famous eateries. There’s so much to taste in Georgia!