Where Will You Spend Winter?


Every year I say the same thing “I can’t believe summer is over”. School has started back and football season has begun. For traveling nurses, it’s time to think about where you will spend your winter.

For a nurse working in a facility, the change in seasons means the acuity of patients and census levels may increase. Winter sees more upper respiratory illnesses and summer typically means injuries and heat-related illness.

Travel nurses get to choose where they want to spend each season. Do you want to spend your winter in a warm climate or a cold one? That’s the first thing to ask yourself. When I lived in the Phoenix area of Arizona we know winter brought the “snowbirds” back to the area. Florida sees the same increase in senior population leaving the cold wither months inthe north.

Where will you spend winter?

Will you decide to spend the winter where it is warm?  Two places that are popular with the senior population is Arizona and Florida.  The need for nurses increases in the winter due to the increase in the population of snowbirds.  Great time to look for a job in one of these states.

Winter in Arizona

Arizona has much to offer if you are traveling for work and for pleasure.  Arizona is home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon.   It is a beautiful location for work arizona winteryear-round. Arizona is rich in natural and historic attractions.

If you enjoy rafting, hiking, shopping, dining, golf or just relaxing at a spa, you will find it in Arizona. You are a short ride to the mountains if you want snow.  If you prefer the excitement of L.A in California you are a short ride away for a short trip on your days off.   Arizona has beautiful Lake Powell and Lake Havasu if you prefer water sports.

The winters are mild and the temperatures with daytime averaging 70 degrees and at night can fall below freezing in the lower desert valleys.  If this sounds like the place you want to spend your winter check out Arizona travel.

Winter in Florida

You can find many reasons why the Sunshine state is the place to be in the winter.  There is year-round fun in Florida since the temperature is mild in the winter. Florida offers miles and miles of white sandy beaches.  If you like wildlife there is diverse and exotic wildlife.  Florida has amusement parks for all ages with a cultural mix hard to find anywhere else,  That is just a bit of what Florida has to offer in the winter.

floridaOn your off days go diving and discover hidden springs with underwater caves you can snorkel in. In Miami, you can indulge by devouring a true Cuban sandwich. Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete Florida experience if you didn’t visit Universal Studios®, Busch Gardens®, Walt Disney World® or SeaWorld®.  If that is not enough then take advantage of the blue ocean waters that surround you.  You can rent a boat, jet ski, kayak or paddle board and hit the water for a day of fun in the sun.

If Florida is your destination there are several job opportunities to check out Florida travel.

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Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a Registered Nurse and retired US Army Reserve Nurse Major. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career, she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and to South Korea. She was trained as an Army Medic during the Vietnam era and later as an OR tec. She went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and then completed her nursing training as a Registered Nurse. She was then commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserves. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and work in other medical facilities. During her career, she had the opportunity to work in several specialties to include, OR, Occupational Health, Hospice, Sexual Assault Team, Forensic/ Correctional Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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