Working a contract in the Northeast in the winter months?

After reading the title I’m sure some of you thought to yourself – winter time in the northeast – no thank you!  Hold your horses, keep reading, and maybe you’ll have a different outlook.

Yes, there are a ton of things to do and see up in the northeast, even in the winter.  I am not going to inundate you with places to go and things to do.  Instead I want to talk about some of the other reasons to travel up in the northeast during the winter months that you might not think of while you are considering your next travel assignment.


First, let’s talk about the snow!  Yes, you likely get to experience the snow (and lots of it). That can deter a lot of you right there, but keep in mind this area is used to snow and has processes in place to make driving possible. They handle the roads every year. It’s the states that don’t get much winter weather that have a hard time handling the snow.


Secondly, you will be competing against fewer applicants for the same job. Fewer applicants means better odds of you being the one selected. Imagine how many travelers are being submitted in Arizona or Florida this time of year.  And the pay is always great up in the northeast!

Planning ahead

Maybe you think the northeast would be great to visit in the springtime. You are not alone with that thought. Come spring, there are more travelers who want to head up there. Now imagine that you were one of those travelers, but instead of waiting until more people wanted the same area you decided to come in the winter months for a contract. It’s getting close to spring and instead of the hospital posting the opening for your current position, they just ask you to extend and you get to enjoy the beauty of springtime in the northeast without having to compete with other travelers.

Hopefully this has helped some of you and given you a different perspective about the northeast during winter!

Ryan McAllister is a Team Lead in the Nursing division at Aureus Medical Group.

One comment

  1. Good points! I will be working in Minnesota soon—not the northeast but definitely north and cold!!

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