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Travel nursing in Maryland: 4 reasons to visit the Old Line State

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Nestled between our nation’s capital and several notable waterways, including the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, lies the state of Maryland. Known for its natural beauty, strong economic opportunity, and world-class healthcare institutions, the “Old Line State” is an attractive destination for travel nurses. Here are just a few reasons to consider a travel nursing assignment in Maryland.

1. It’s a Nurse Licensure Compact member state

One major appeal of travel nursing in Maryland is the state’s participation in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC is a multi-state license that affords nurses the ability to practice in their home state and other participating NLC states without obtaining additional licenses. The license makes it affordable and convenient to practice across state borders, and it helps remove the often cumbersome expenses and paperwork involved in securing multiple licenses. 

2. There are great opportunities for nurses

Maryland is home to 62 hospitals and healthcare systems, three of which are nationally ranked. The renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital is nationally ranked in 15 specialties and 10 children’s specialties, earning high performance marks in 15 procedures and conditions. The University of Maryland Medical Center and Greater Baltimore Medical Center round out the top three.

Like many areas of the country, the national nursing shortage is keenly felt in Maryland. The Maryland Hospital Association reports 3,900 openings in the state and is concerned the unprecedented shortages will become a chronic problem. Individuals interested in travel nursing jobs in Maryland can have a major impact in this area of critical need.

Annapolis, Maryland

3. It’s a great place to live and work

By many measures, Maryland cities and towns rank among the nation’s most desirable — from “Best Places to Live” to “Most Charming.”

Columbia, MD, secured the number seven spot on Niche.com’s Best Places to Live 2022 ranking. Among myriad other factors, the ranking evaluated public schools, cost of living, crime rate, health and fitness, employment opportunities, and overall satisfaction of residents. Columbia stood out for its highly rated public schools, low cost of living, outdoor activities and nightlife — including its many summer music festivals.

Not to be outdone, Severna Park graces Money.com’s List of 50 Best Places to Live, and Cumberland is numbered among HGTV’s 50 Most Charming Small Towns in America.

Maryland countryside

4. Recreational opportunities abound

Maryland has something to offer every visitor and resident. From the nature lover to the thrill seeker, the foodie to the history buff — Maryland’s cities and towns deliver.

Maryland boasts more than 3,000 miles of coastline, earning it a spot among much larger states as one of the top 10 states with the most coastline. Make time to visit Maryland’s beautiful coastal towns, including Assateague Island National Seashore with its wild horses or the bustling boardwalk of Ocean City. Maryland’s waterways are a defining and stunning feature of this mid-Atlantic state.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is an ideal spot to sample fresh seafood and spend the day with kids in tow. This family-friendly destination offers many museums and cultural institutions, including the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

​Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Deep Creek Lake State Park, the state’s largest freshwater lake and a popular destination for swimming and boating. Or unwind on the scenic Appalachian Trail, 40 miles of which ambles through Maryland.

Colorful houses in Maryland

While history buffs will appreciate Maryland’s proximity to Washington, DC, don’t miss the sites of historical significance within the state’s own borders. Visit Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key penned our national anthem. And be sure to explore the Maryland State House in Annapolis, where the Treaty of Paris was signed, signaling the end of the Revolutionary War.

If a rush of adrenaline is more your speed, Six Flags America has more than 100 rides to make any thrill seeker’s day.

High demand for nurses, nationally ranked healthcare institutions, charming coastal towns, and NLC status combine to make Maryland an attractive prospect for your next travel nursing assignment.

Interested in learning more about travel nursing jobs in Maryland? Give us a call at 800.866.0407 or view today’s travel nurse jobs in Maryland.

About the author

Allison Riley

Allison Riley is a public relations professional with more than 10 years experience in healthcare and corporate communications. She lives in New York City with her better half and two wonderful daughters. She and her girls are currently contending for world's slowest recorded stair climb to a fifth-floor apartment, and she enjoys writing so she can just finish her sentence already.

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  • I was at St Josephs hospital in Towson and loved it. I would gladly go back to the 2 central cardiac floor any time. I worked mostly days and it was a busy floor but everyone helped everyone and it was a supportive place to work. Maryland is also a very centrally located area that has a lot to offer for days off. The inner harbor and the Aquarium there was one of the places that I went to the most-if you get a yearly membership you can go as often as you like and I did- about 10 times in 9 months. We also went to the Pocono’s in PA-Atlantic city in NJ-New York City and Washington DC-all with in 3 hour drive-If you go you will enjoy it

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