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5 Locations to Consider for Your Summer Travel Assignment

May 3rd, 2012

One of the great benefits of working as a travel healthcare professional is the opportunity to choose where you work and when. Are you a native of Connecticut tired of East Coast winters? Check out jobs in Florida or Arizona.

And now, with the summer fast approaching, why not find an assignment on the coast? Or, for a less-traditional “summer vacation” spot, why not work near the mountains of Montana, the gorgeous coast of Maine or Oregon or, yes, if you must, the terrific beaches of South Carolina.

For example, Billings, Montana, the largest city in Big Sky Country, offers you the opportunity to go rock-climbing, hunting, fishing, hiking and many more outdoor activities.

Billings is near Yellowstone National Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, the Beartooth Highway, the Pictograph Cave and so much more.

Do you love to swim, sail, picnic along or otherwise enjoy gorgeous lakes in the summer? Consider a summer travel nursing assignment in Michigan. Port Huron, Michigan, is located on the southern end of Lake Huron (one of the five Great Lakes), and offers you the chance to enjoy a variety of water activities. You also may cross the Blue Water Bridge over the St. Clair River and visit Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

As for other things to do, visit the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, the Great Lakes Maritime Center to learn more about the shipping history of the Great Lakes. On your days off, go for a sail on Lake Huron.

If you love rivers, your summer destination should be Portland, Oregon. This über environmentally aware town is located at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. The Willamette, in fact, runs through Portland’s center. The city is known for its pedestrian friendly ambience, as well as the many parks, gardens and green spaces Portlanders enjoy year-round.

Speaking of rivers, Augusta, Maine (the state’s capital city), is located on the Kennebec River and is surrounded by gorgeous hills covered with forest. If hiking’s your love, you’ll love it here. In addition, you can walk, run or cycle along the six-mile Kennebec River Trail. Enjoy canoeing, swimming, water skiing, sailing, boating, and white-water rafting on your days off.

Many of us don’t think summer is summer without spending time on a beautiful beach. If this is you, consider spending your summer working at an assignment in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Known the world over for its gorgeous wide beach (there’s 60 miles of the sandy stuff here), Myrtle Beach also offers great golfing, the chance for thrills at its fabulous amusement parks, plenty of shopping at flea markets and outlet malls (and more), deep sea fishing and, well, there’s just too much to list here.

And let’s not forget the boardwalks. Grab an ice cream cone, set yourself on a boardwalk bench and just watch the (summer) world go by. Free entertainment at its finest!

Whether you want to spend the summer near a beach in California, the winter skiing in the Rocky Mountains, or enjoying the leaves turning in a forest in the fall in Vermont, there’s a travel work assignment with your name on it. Contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing today to learn more!

Finding Housing When on Assignment

May 1st, 2012

When you work as a travel healthcare professional for MedPro and you’ll have two choices when it comes to housing:

  1. You can choose to live in the apartment we find – and pay – for you while on assignment. These are apartments in safe areas near your assignment facility. They’re usually furnished and include amenities such as a fitness center, pool and more.
  2. Or you can decide to take the sizable stipend we provide and find your own accommodations. Professionals who have families often choose this option.

If you decide you’d like to find your own housing, follow these tips below.

Looking for an apartment while on an assignment is very similar to apartment hunting when you’re planning on moving to a location for a longer period of time (such as a year.

There are a few differences, however. Most apartments want a year’s lease. If you’re going to stay in town for just the weeks of your assignment, you may find it more difficult to find an affordable short-term situation.

In addition, many landlords require a deposit the equivalent of a first- and last-month’s rent check. Most travel nursing assignments are about three months in length, so you could find yourself paying a hefty amount every three months (as you move to another assignment and pay another first- and last-month’s deposit).

Not that we want to discourage you from finding a place on your own. Many of our professionals need accommodations different than the usual furnished one- or two-bedroom apartment we provide.

If you’ve decided to find an apartment on your own, check with us first. We have connections with apartments and landlords all over the country and we may be able to help you find a great short-term rental.

You might want to look into what is known as “corporate housing.” These are apartments that, according to a website that helps you find accommodations (www.corporatehousing.com), such as “extended stays at hotels, corporate apartments, furnished apartments for rent — even privately-owned houses, condos and vacation properties.”

In addition, check out the website Sublet.com (www.sublet.com). This site caters to individuals looking to rent for a short time as well as landlords looking for a short-term tenant. You can search the database.

You also can call a large real estate company in the area of your assignment and ask about short-term rentals of furnished houses for sale. Many homeowners often are worried about leaving their home empty and having someone stay in the house while it’s on the market is attractive to them. You may have to sign an agreement about keeping the house “show worthy” while you’re there.

You also could call a vacation rental company in the assignment area to see what type of rentals they offer. Be aware, however, that “vacation” rentals can cost more to rent.

Whether you’re keen on renting your own place or you’re happy to take us up on our offer of a furnished, paid-for apartment while on assignment, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We’re eager to speak to professionals about our long- and short-term travel assignments at medical facilities all over the country with a critical need for your skills. We look forward to speaking with you!

US News Ranks Pharmacists as a Top Job for 2012

March 30th, 2012

If you’re currently working as pharmacist, you chose a terrific career: once again, USNews.com has ranked the job of pharmacist as one of the Best Jobs 2012.

If you’re thinking of getting the training necessary to become a pharmacist (four years or more of post-graduate training after college) you’ll find that, according to USNews.com, “[j]ob prospects should be excellent in the field in the years to come, and the earnings potential remains relatively high. While the market has cooled a bit from several years ago, experts say an aging population and increasingly complex medicines will keep industry growth healthy for years to come.”

Employment opportunities should grow by a whopping 25.4 percent between 2010 and 2020, USNews.com reports, siting Bureau of Labor Statistics data. This growth, plus the fact that pharmacists tend to be well-paid (the BLS reports that the median salary for pharmacists in 2010 was $111,570), make the career the number 3 career in USNews.com’s Best Jobs of 2012.

Earning your pharmacy degree (the Doctor of Pharmacy, or the Pharm.D.), isn’t easy. Not only will you be undertaking a rigorous four-year post-college program of study (see above), but you’ll need to pass one or more tough exams. A one- or two-year postgraduate pharmacy residency wouldn’t hurt, either, especially if you want to practice in a pharmacy specialty such as in a clinical practice or a research lab.

Many pharmacy students wish to pursue an MBA while in their pharmacy program or afterwards. Others look for pharmacy programs that also offer a master’s in public health (MPH).

Another benefit to working as a pharmacist is the opportunity to serve as a travel pharmacist. In this capacity, you’ll travel to different communities and pharmacy facilities all over the country. MedPro Staffing, in fact, has a contract with the U.S. Veterans Administration, and we’re a regular provider of pharmacists in VA hospitals.

Contact us today for information on pharmacy positions in your current community or in a city across the country!