This month’s State Spotlight takes us to wonderful Wyoming. The Equality State is perhaps best known for its natural beauty. Those stunning landscapes provide the perfect setting for Travel Nurses to expand their personal and professional horizons. Read on to learn why you should consider Wyoming for your next Travel Nursing assignment!
Travel Nursing in Wyoming:
There are approximately 31 hospitals in Wyoming, with several ranking high on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Hospitals list. According to the publication, the top three hospitals in Wyoming are Aspen Mountain Medical Center in Rock Springs, Campbell County Health in Gillette, and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne. According to Livibility.com, Wyoming’s hospitals employ nearly 9,000 people and contribute more than $45 million to the state’s economy.
In terms of licensing, Wyoming is both a compact state and a NURSYS state. However, it is not a walk-through state. To learn more about the Equality State’s licensure requirements, you can click here.
Wyoming Fast Facts:
State Nickname: The Equality State
Largest City: Cheyenne
National Parks: 7
State Parks: 12
State Motto: “Equal Rights.”
State Flower: Wyoming Indian paintbrush
State Tree: Plains cottonwood
State Bird: Western meadowlark
State Rock: Nephrite jade
Congress declared Wyoming the 44th state on July 10, 1890.
Wyoming’s nickname stems from the fact that it was the first state to give women the right to vote and the first to elect a female governor.
The state is the 10th largest by area and the least populous.
Wyoming’s official state sport is the rodeo.
Famous people from or with Wyoming connections include Former Vice President Dick Cheney, actor Harrison Ford, actor Matthew Fox, author Patricia MacLachlan, writer E. Annie Proulx, singer/songwriter Scott Avett, and country music singer Chris LaDoux.
To Do & See in Wyoming
Thanks in large part to the state’s seven national parks, millions of tourists discover Wyoming’s charms every year. Yellowstone National Park, arguably the state’s most popular attraction, is home to the iconic geyser Old Faithful and the largest hot spring in the U.S. Yellowstone is also a hotspot for wildlife. If you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of bison, elk, eagles, wolves, or even grizzly bears in Lamar Valley, located near the park’s northeast entrance.
Close to Yellowstone is the Grand Teton National Park, which includes the Teton mountain range, the Grand Teton peak, and the valley known as Jackson Hole. From mountain-climbing, hiking, and camping, to fly-fishing, kayaking, and sightseeing, it’s no wonder the Grand Teton National Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The best time to visit is from mid-May to late September, according to the U.S. News Travel Guide. However, the winter months can be just as fun — you can hit the slopes here at several skiing resorts or soak your cares away in the nearby Granite Hot Springs.
Devils Tower National Park should also be on your must-see list during your Wyoming assignment. Considered sacred to many Northern Plains Tribes, the Devils Tower is a rock formation that rises 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. President Theodore Roosevelt declared this geological wonder the first national monument in 1906. In the summer, you can set up camp for a night or two within the park grounds, take a hike, or even climb the impressive Devils Tower. Plus, if you visit during the first full week of August, you’ll be able to experience the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally up close — Devils Tower is one of the stops on this famous motorcycle journey.
If you want a taste of the real Wild West, Wyoming is the place to be. Prime rib, country fried steak, and trout are all on the menu here year-round. Soda bread (a pioneer-days staple), Wyomatoes (a deliciously sweet tomato), Rocky Mountain oysters, and morels are also high on the list of fun treats for visitors and locals alike. After tasting these wonderful Wyoming specialties, you can wash it all down with an old-fashioned soda or a Boiler Maker, which is a beer chased with a shot of Wyoming Whiskey.