One of the biggest draws to travel nursing, as you well know, is the opportunity to explore new regions of the country for extended periods—while also getting compensated well for your nursing skills. When considering your next travel nursing destination, we encourage you to take a look at jobs in South Carolina, given that the state has so much to offer both visitors and long-term residents alike. Below are five reasons why South Carolina should be on your travel nursing shortlist:
1. WINTER IS COMING
Close your eyes. Consider the impending winter: the cold, the snow, the blustering wind. What if it didn’t have to be this way?
The average winter daytime temperatures in South Carolina are in the 50s and 60s (degrees Fahrenheit). You’ll have a few chilly evenings, which will provide welcome excuses for wrapping yourself up in a blanket with a good book and a cup of hot tea. South Carolina summers can be hot and humid, but winters are idyllic.
2. SOUTH CAROLINA IS HAPPENING
Upcoming events in South Carolina that you may want to check out during your travel nursing stay include:
- Charleston Jazz Festival: From established jazz artists to emerging performers, some of the best jazz in the world can be heard during this four-day event.
- Low Country Oyster Festival: Single Lady Oysters or Baritaria Blades? Sample these and other South Carolina favorites at this popular Charleston festival.
- Charleston Restaurant Week: This culinary event features prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at over 75 of Charleston’s best restaurants.
- Southeastern Wildlife Exposition: Birds, reptiles and deer: For art, entertainment and education about all things wildlife, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is the place to be.
- Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival: This annual festival held at venues around the island is as much cultural as it is culinary.
- The Carolina Cup: Perhaps the social event of the year, the 84th running of the Carolina Cup happens in March. Be there or be square!
- Lowcountry Cajun Festival: It’s a Cajun, Creole, crawfish carnival!
- Pork in the Park: Perhaps a vegetarian’s worst nightmare. All BBQ and bluegrass, all day long.
3. OH, THE BEACHES…
Arguably the best beaches to visit in the winter are those in South Carolina. The beach is different in the winter than it is in the summer; it’s no longer about swimming and sunbathing. Think instead horseback riding or jogging along the water at sunrise without overwhelming crowds of people—picture solitude and relaxation at it’s finest.
4. ONCOLOGY OR CARDIAC NURSE ARE ESPECIALLY NEEDED
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control lists cancer and heart disease as the leading causes of death across the state. You are needed.
5. SOUTH CAROLINA CITIES ARE RANKED AMONG AMERICA’S TOP PLACES TO LIVE
U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best Places to Live in the U.S. list ranks three South Carolina cities among the top 100 places in the country to live. Cost of living, desirability, access to quality healthcare and education, the job market, and crime are all factors considered in determining ranking on the list. Here’s where those three SC cities fell:
- (No. 27): Charleston: A city of history, shopping, night life, and art galleries. It is full of Southern charm.
- (No. 29) Greenville: With its mild climate, low cost of living, and location at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this revitalized city comes with many of the “pros” of big-city living, without too many the “cons.”
- (No. 56) Columbia: Traditional yet urban, Columbia is the home to the University of South Carolina (and is the state capital).
From mountains to ocean, possessing both a rich history and a promising future, South Carolina holds something for everyone. Talk to a recruiter at Health Carousel Travel Nursing today about finding the travel nurse job that’s right for you in the Palmetto State.