Planning Ahead for the Winter

With the summer heat, winter is probably the last thing on your mind. In the world of travel healthcare it is never too early to be thinking about your next assignment, especially if you plan to head south for the winter. I have a few tips to share so you can prepare to land your next assignment in a desirable climate during the coldest months of the year.

State licensure

Don’t let the up-front cost and required paperwork deter you from applying for state licensure in warmer weather states. More often than not, reimbursement is available. Having a state license in Florida, Louisiana, or California will give you a leg up when hospitals need the extra help and are ready to hire. Other warmer climate state licenses you may want to pursue include Nevada and Tennessee. For more information, visit the licensing section of our website.


As I mentioned, it is never too early to start planning ahead. If you are looking to land somewhere specific, make your recruiter aware. Be up front and honest about your goals so they have you on speed dial when openings arise.


If location is your top priority, it may require flexibility with other preferences. Some of those preferences may include shift, job duties, working weekends, or compensation. If soaking up extra vitamin D is high on your list, evaluate what other job specifications are most important to you.

If an opportunity presents itself , take advantage and lock in your warm winter before fall is upon us. Do not hesitate to reach out to your Aureus recruiter if you have questions or want to learn more about what you can do to secure your next assignment!

Mary Claire Rice is a Team Lead for the Medical Laboratory division at Aureus Medical Group.

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