The Best Destinations for Travel Nurses: Denver, Colorado
For some people winter evokes dreams of the tropics. Palm trees swaying in a warm gentle breeze, the sound of the ocean and the call of seabirds providing the background music during a relaxing nap in a hammock. For others, winter only means one thing; fresh powder, bracing air, and that long lift to the top of the slopes. If a ski trip is more appealing than a sunburn, consider taking an assignment in Denver.
Denver has a lot of appeal to travelers and residents alike. Technically, travel nurses get the best of both. It’s cold, but that’s the main reason to go there. Stock up on lightweight gore-tex and hot cocoa, and don’t forget to pack your fuzzy slippers.
Besides the slopes, there are plenty of fun things to do and explore in the mile high city. History buffs can check out Buffalo Bill’s Museum…and grave, visit the American Museum of Western Art and the Black American West Museum.
A world-class art experience awaits you in the Denver Art Museum. From the first glimpse of the avant-garde sculptural architecture, you’ll know you’re in for a memorable experience. Traveling exhibits include a wide variety of artists and styles, from a journey through the evolution of Van Gogh’s art to the intricate beauty of Japanese woven bamboo.
If you’re fond of amusement parks and rides, Denver is home to Elitch Gardens, a downtown amusement park that has welcomed visitors for more than a century. The Aviation Xtreme Flight Simulation Center is great for a thrill, and for a dollar, you can ride the Carousel of Happiness.
But aside from all the great things there are to do, one of the best reasons for a travel nurse to go is that Denver is home to one of the finest hospitals in the country.
St. Anthony Central Hospital
St Anthony’s has won a slew of prestigious awards, including the 2012 American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Quality Achievement Award and the NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTGTM Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation.
A faith-based facility, St. Anthony’s is focused on seven core values, compassion, respect, integrity, spirituality, stewardship, imagination, and excellence.
The beautiful 560,000 sq. ft. facility houses some of the most cutting edge technology to be found and includes a level 1 trauma center and 222 private rooms. Nurses who work in the hospital take part in relationship-based patient-centered care alongside a dedicated, caring, professional staff.
To add to the general charm and ambiance, St. Anthony’s invites musicians to perform in their magnificent main lobby.