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.
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.
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.
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.