Maryland, a nurse licensure compact state, has much to offer travel nurses. Influenced by both northern practicality and southern hospitality, the state’s location along the Mid-Atlantic infuses it with cultural and geographic promise.
At Medical Staffing Options, we want you to get the most out of every travel nursing assignment. That’s why our Maryland-specific recruiters act as local experts that help you enjoy your time outside of the healthcare facility, too. Here we highlight five things to know about the Old Line State before you begin exploring Maryland travel nurse jobs.
1. Waves and wanderings
Need some sand and waves in your life? Beaches, perfect for sunning and water activities, are scattered along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Enjoy the lively boardwalk in Ocean City or the peaceful Assateague Island National Seashore.
Shenandoah National Park, though technically in Virginia, is less than 100 miles from the Maryland/Virginia border. A $25 pass provides you with seven consecutive days’ access to more than 500 hiking trails, most of which are open year-round. Make a weekend of your trip by staying in one of the area’s many quaint bed and breakfasts. After the last hike of the day, watch the sunset while sipping wine at one of the areas numerous vineyards.
2. Fresh blue crabs
Maine might have the best lobster, but Maryland, hands down, has the best crab. From the no-frills holes in the wall to 5-star restaurants, it would be challenging to find a Maryland eatery that doesn’t serve crab in one form or another. The delicate, buttery-flavored meat of the blue crab can be found in lump crab cakes, crab chowder, stuffed crabs, crab salad, and deep fried dishes. If you don’t like crab (a preference you are cautioned against mentioning within state lines), the Maryland seafood trifecta also includes oysters and rockfish. The main blue crab season runs from April through December, but the delicacy is available in restaurants year-round.
4. Proximity to Washington, D.C.
Maryland borders the District of Columbia on three sides. Even if you have a position in the western-most area of Maryland, a jaunt to the nation’s capital is only a short day trip away. The Smithsonian’s 17 D.C. museums—all with free admission—are least-busy during the weekdays. The National Zoo (also a Smithsonian facility) is one of only four zoos in the country housing pandas. At the end of the day, explore D.C.’s evolving restaurant scene and cheer on one of the city’s pro sports teams—the Nationals (baseball), D.C. United (soccer), Wizards (basketball) or Capitals (hockey).
3. Johns Hopkins University
Located in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University is home to the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bloomberg is the country’s oldest and most prestigious school of public health. In fact, Bloomberg has been ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for more than two decades running. Together with the schools of medicine and nursing, the school of public health has global influence. Naturally, the influence of Johns Hopkins University permeates clinical practice, academics, and research throughout Maryland.
5. History abound
Monopoly fans will appreciate a stop at the B&O Railroad Museum (Baltimore). War history buffs can sit where Francis Scott Key sat while writing the Star-Spangled Banner (Fort McHenry, Baltimore), or stand on the Antietam (Sharpsburg) battlefield contemplating how the casualties (23,000) of the one-day battle would overwhelm the best-equipped trauma centers even today.
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