Even if you’re not a travel nurse, you’ve probably heard about travel nursing — assignments that place RNs in specific locations for short periods of time, anywhere from 8 to 26 weeks. Travel nurses are often called upon to fill gaps in locations experiencing shortages of RNs with specialty skills, but they generally enjoy the freedom to choose where they live and work. Many travel nurses select locales that appeal to their personal needs and tastes. They look for affordable places that offer after-work activities, scenic surroundings, and great weather.

Places like Palm Springs, California.

Quality of life represents a big draw for travel nurses when choosing their assignments, but the most satisfied among them also look for healthcare organizations that support their professional growth and development. They’re attracted to employers that recognize their high-level skills and value their contributions.

Employers like Eisenhower Medical Center.

It’s common for travel nurses to unpack their bags for good and remain in locations that offer them the win-win of a great place to live and work. If you’re a travel nurse, or you know someone who is, take a look at these five reasons to consider the Palm Springs area and Eisenhower Medical Center for a travel nurse assignment —and perhaps a permanent home.

1. The weather

If your idea of good, healthy living includes year-round sunshine, consider sun-soaked Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley, where blue skies will raise your happiness meter 350 days a year. All that sun means you’ll not only have ample opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities, but you’ll also build your immune-boosting vitamin D levels. The Coachella Valley’s consistently warm, dry climate means fewer grass, pollen, and mold spores that trigger allergies or contribute to asthma symptoms and lung infections. For many people, the area’s wide-open spaces also offer an unmatched level of stress-busting serenity. Plus, no bugs!

2. The scenery

An oasis in the desert, Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley are nestled between three mountain ranges. There’s no shortage of dramatic, soul-filling mountain views here, and there’s plenty of opportunity to take full advantage of the terrain with a variety of hiking and biking trails to suit any skill level, from the casual walker to the adventurer. The cityscapes are picturesque, too. The eight cities in the Coachella Valley — Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, and Desert Hot Springs — each offer their own desert charm. Here, you’ll find the famed resorts and lush golf courses for which the area is known, but also tranquil spaces that locals revere.

3.  The lifestyle

For all its star-studded history, Palm Springs (the happy playground of the famed Rat Pack) and the surrounding communities of the Coachella Valley nourish an artistic culture and kicked-back vibe that support open-mindedness. With so much to do and enjoy, there’s little wonder the area attracts a dynamic range of people, from young families and members of the LGBT community to active retirees. World-class shopping and dining experiences, a thriving art scene, cooler-than-cool music festivals, and more offer a unique vacation-like lifestyle that’s within the reach of most budgets. A cost of living that’s lower than the California average makes life comfortable and easy in the Coachella Valley.

4. The nursing excellence

As the Coachella Valley’s premier healthcare provider, Eisenhower Medical Center is committed to performance excellence. We don’t just print our core values —integrity, respect, honesty, and professionalism — and hang them on a nice poster on the wall; we consciously practice them every day. From our CEO to our volunteers, we strive to excel in all aspects of patient care in a collaborative, considerate work environment. As a Magnet-designated organization, we strongly value the contributions of our expert nursing teams. In our organization, RNs enjoy high levels of autonomy, and they maintain a strong voice in clinical decision making. We empower our nurse team members to be bold, transformational leaders who ensure the delivery of the highest quality patient care services.

5. The support

As much as we care for our patients, we also care for our nurse-employees. At Eisenhower Medical Center, we recognize and reward RNs not only with competitive compensation packages, but also with the respect they deserve. We support the professional development of nurses throughout their careers with continuing education and other learning opportunities, and we offer tuition reimbursement for degree-seeking RNs. What’s more, we’re just as committed to nurses’ personal health and well being as we are to their professional growth. Our RN team members can take advantage of a variety of health and wellness activities, including access to our renowned health and fitness centers.

Whether you’re a traveling nurse interested in planting roots in our vibrant community or a nurse looking for a welcome change in your personal and professional life, consider the variety of opportunities available at Eisenhower Medical Center. Learn more about us or apply for your next rewarding career experience here.

Originally posted on 19/10/2016

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