Now is the time to ready yourself for a travel nursing assignment in Washington, D.C.! The D.C.-focused travel nurse recruiters at Medical Staffing Options lay out five reasons to consider Washington, D.C. travel nursing jobs.
1. See the cheery blossoms bloom.
The month-long National Cherry Blossom Festival should be on everyone’s bucket list. While cherry trees are scattered throughout the area, nearly 4,000 trees fill the Tidal Basin—at their blooming peak, they make for a pageant of pink against the backdrop of world-famous monuments. Predicting the few days of peak bloom is a less than a perfect science. With a 13-week spring travel assignment spanning cherry blossom season, you are sure not to miss this time—an otherwise ordinary tourist’s planning conundrum.
While there are (free!) daily performances at the Tidal Basin, attending at least one of the Festival’s special events is a must.
- Pink Tie Party: The Washington, D.C. see-and-be-seen event of the spring. An evening of fashion, food and fundraising helps keep most festival events free for the public.
- Cherry Blossom Festival opening ceremony: Start the party watching traditional and contemporary American and Japanese performances.
- Cherry Blossom Kite Festival: Join thousands flying their kites over the National Mall, or go just to witness the kite competitions.
- Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run: Imagine the scenery of a race route lined with blooming cherry trees. Be one of 15,000 runners, or put your nursing skills to work as a medical volunteer.
- National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade: Frugal spectators can arrive early and find a cozy spot on the curb, or you can spend $20 for a grandstand seat for this mile-long display.
Watch the entire city come alive to commemorate the gift of these trees from Japan to the United States, symbolizing the bond between Japan and the United States. The springtime festival, beginning this year on March 20 and lasting until April 15, is a city-wide celebration. Restaurant menus highlight themed food and drink (think pink cocktails and cherry pastries). Museums hold special events. Tours are organized by boat and bike. Spending this special time in Washington, D.C. will have you wanting to return year after year to re-experience the pink.
2. Tour the White House.
Glimpses of the president may be few and far between, but there is no shortage of awe to be had walking by the State Dining Room. See the influence of past presidents and stand where history has been made. A White House tour requires advanced planning, as well as a call to your Congress member’s office.
3. Experience international cultures in embassies.
Experience all of Europe for the cost of a Metro ride. 70 embassies open their doors to visitors for the month of May. Art, workshops, festivals and cultural entertainment highlight the best of International Cultural Awareness month.
4. Visit the Smithsonian Museums.
The 17 (free!) Smithsonian museums in D.C. obliterate boredom. Spending every free moment of your 13-week assignment viewing exhibits would expose you to only a fraction of what the institution has to offer.
The 131 neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. each have their own history, identity, culture, and architecture. Adams Morgan comes alive at night, Georgetown is full of history, Woodley Park hosts the National Zoo, and Takoma boasts the most progressive politics outside of Berkeley.
From cherry blossoms to food to politics to outdoor activities, the metropolitan D.C. area has more than just one thing for everyone. Start planning now for a sp D.C. travel nurse assignment by clicking the button below!