Welcome to the Midwest: Where Travel Nurses Can Find Adventure

One of the most significant benefits of working as a travel nurse is the opportunity to see the country. But with so many options, deciding where to jumpstart your next assignment can be a bit of a challenge. But, with a little help from your friends here at Nurse First, picking the destination for your next big move will be a snap.

The Midwest is a top travel nurse location, home to abundant opportunities, especially for travel nurses! Of its 12 states, nine have passed the nurse licensure compact (NLC). This law allows a nurse certified in a NLC state the freedom to practice in any other compact state. Because of this, the Midwest holds a lot of potential for travel nurses looking to see the country without requiring further certification. It’s a win-win!

Here are some of our top midwestern cities and our favorite things to do while exploring there:

Top 5 Midwestern Cities

1. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Chicago… there’s no place like it! As the largest city in the Midwest and third largest in the country, it’s no surprise this is one of our favorites. Nestled on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, you won’t find show-stopping views like this anywhere else, but bring a jacket because they don’t call it the Windy City for nothing. Whether you’re cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley Field or catching a show at Second City, there is never a shortage of things to do. We promise, in no time, you’ll be calling it sweet home Chicago, too. 

2. St. Louis, Missouri

Next time you’re eating an ice cream cone, say thank you to St. Louis. This city is the birthplace of many things we know and love, from celebrities to iconic inventions. To soak in the city’s landscape like a true St. Louisian, you must ride to the top of Gateway Arch: this monument, the largest archway on the planet, commemorates America’s westward expansion and is emblematic of the city’s rich history. Spend a little time here, and you’ll be begging everyone to meet you in St. Louis!

3. Indianapolis, Indiana

If you’re a self-proclaimed foodie, Indianapolis is for you! The food scene here is constantly blossoming, thanks to the help of its award-winning network of chefs. Because of Indiana’s heavy reliance on agriculture, many restaurants have access to top-quality produce for a superior farm-to-table experience. Outside of the restaurants, be sure to explore the city’s museums and expansive catacombs. As an added perk for sports fans, it’s also the racing capital of the world; Indianapolis is home to the renowned Indianapolis 500, in addition to the Brickyard 400 and U.S. Grand Prix.

4. Cincinnati, Ohio

More of a history buff? Head to Cincinnati! This city is packed with historical significance; Cincinnati played a significant role in the abolition of slavery. Fittingly, it is home to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Museum, which details the history of slavery in the United States. It further pads America’s historical background, as it is also home to the first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Stockings (now the Reds), formed in 1869. So, if diving into the roots of your new home excites you, pack your bags for Cincinnati!

5. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

If you’re a sucker for nature, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is your perfect match. The Big Sioux River flows through the heart of the city across the rocks of Falls Park, creating a stunning backdrop to the city’s relaxed vibe. Home to a plethora of coffee shops and independent bookstores, there is no shortage of ways to unwind after a long shift. Don’t forget to catch a show at the symphony orchestra, and be sure to pop into the museums the city has to offer. 

Surely you now love the Midwest as much as we do (and how could you not?), so consider some of these cities for your next travel nurse assignment! For more information on available travel nurse jobs and inspiration for potential nursing destinations, visit the Nurse First Travel website.

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