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Let’s Go to the Beach: Why You Should Choose San Diego as a Travel Nurse

The west coast is home to some of the best places for travel nurses and one of the hottest spots on the coast is San Diego. Filled with sunshine, tacos, farmers markets and nature, San Diego is sure to satisfy your daily dose of vitamin D.

When choosing a placement for your travel nursing adventure, San Diego should be high on the list. According to Livability, “the local economy continues to grow in sectors such as biotechnology, healthcare, international trade, research and tourism.” With a constantly growing healthcare environment, there are new opportunities for nurses opening up every day.

There are placements in all different specialties available now in San Diego, this is in part thanks to the several major hospitals and medical campuses in the city. There are plenty of options including Scripps Mercy Hospital, UC San Diego Medical Center, and Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.

California has some of the most competitive nursing salaries in the game, San Diego’s hourly rate of $38.67 is well above the national average. These competitive wages will make sure you can enjoy however many tacos you want on Taco Tuesday. If the nursing perks aren’t enough to persuade you, maybe what this city has to offer will.

San Diego is a hub for culture, arts, nature and really great food. There are endless things to do in this coastal city, and even off the coast!  Whether you are ready to strap on your hiking boots to hike the trails of Torrey Pines or strap on your seat belt and drive to the beautiful cliffs of La Jolla, San Diego has activities for all kinds of people.

One of San Diego’s most famous parks, Balboa Park, can fill up several of your days off. The list of this park’s attractions is lengthy, but includes 15 museums, four major performing arts centers, 19 gardens – including the Natural History Museum, the Botanical Building, the Alcazar Garden, and of course you can’t forget the famous San Diego Zoo. It doesn’t end at the attractions, you can grab a bite to eat (try fish tacos at The Prado) and do some shopping in the park as well.

You may think you’ve seen it all after exploring this massive park, however that is just a small chunk of what San Diego has to offer. Stroll through the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market, grab brunch in Queenstown, hop on the ferry to Coronado and rent a bike to explore the island.

If this sounds like your type of city, head to to request a quote and see what placements are available.

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