Everything you need to know about Travel Nursing in Kentucky

The beautiful Bluegrass State is known for its interesting history, delicious food and drink, and a tradition of great music, as well as sports, attractions, and stunning nature. All this, plus its low-end cost of living, make Kentucky a favorite location among travel nurses and travel allied health professionals. From horseracing at the famous Kentucky Derby, to bluegrass concerts in the state where the genre was invented, to the solitude of the Daniel Boone National Forest, you’ll have a great time in this great state. Read on to learn more about the Kentucky, search Kentucky travel nurse jobs, or apply now to get started right away!

Travel Nursing in Kentucky

Kentucky is a popular spot for travel nurses and travel allied health pros who want to explore cool culture, beautiful nature, and keep their cost of living low! With the nation’s 16th-lowest cost of living, its famous rolling hills, and great food and music, Kentucky’s got you covered. Plus, when you seek a travel nursing job in Kentucky with Medical Solutions, you’ll get human-first service and can choose from many fulfilling travel nurse jobs. Then, when you sign on you’ll enjoy great benefits and our high level of consistent customer care and support throughout your journey.

Just a few of our industry-leading benefits include day-one medical, dental, and vision insurance; 401(k) with company match; safe, pet-friendly housing; license and certification reimbursement; unlimited $600 loyalty bonuses; unlimited $500 referral bonuses; and much more. For example, all travelers can take advantage of a free employee assistance program that includes up to eight free therapy sessions per issue/per year with licensed therapists nationwide. It’s all part of our commitment to supporting you both on and off the job! 

U.S. News & World Report’s 2020/2021 Best Hospitals list evaluated 122 hospitals in Kentucky — six of which met high U.S. News standards and are ranked in the state. The #1-ranked hospital is the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington. The rest of Kentucky’s top five are the #2-ranked St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood-Covington Hospitals in Edgewood, #3-ranked Baptist Health Lexington in Lexington, #4-ranked Baptist Health Louisville in Louisville, and #5-ranked Norton Hospital in Louisville. Kentucky also has many other great facilities throughout the state.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best States list ranked Kentucky at #41 overall, #13 for crime and corrections, #18 for infrastructure, and #20 for opportunity. Kentucky is a good location for travel nurses and travel allied health pros who want to keep their living costs low, explore the state’s unique culture, and make a real difference in patient care. 

Kentucky is currently a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without getting additional state licenses. Keep an eye on the latest NLC map to stay up-to-date on member states. Our team is also happy to help you with any Kentucky state licensing questions.

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Quick Kentucky Facts

State Nickname: The Bluegrass State

Capital City: Frankfort

Largest Cities: Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Covington

Charming Towns: Somerset, Bardstown, Glasgow, Berea, Paducah

Cost of Living: 16th-lowest cost of living in U.S.

Average RN Salary: $64,730

Random Trivia: Kentucky’s one of very few locations in the world where you can see a moonbow. What’s a moonbow? A rainbow created by the light of the moon! When the moon is full you can head to Corbin and visit the waterfall at Cumberland Falls State Park to see this unique phenom.

To Do and See in Kentucky

Kentucky may be best known for the three Bs: Bluegrass, bourbon, and bats! And, while those are all fantastic, there’s even more to explore in the lovely state.


Kentucky’s iconic rolling hills come to mind for many outdoors-inclined travelers, but the Bluegrass State is also approximately 47% blanketed by forests which feature about 175 different tree species. Top outdoors spots to explore include the Daniel Boone National Forest, Cumberland Gap and Cumberland Falls, Wilderness Road Heritage Highway, Red River Gorge, Mammoth Cave National Park, Lost River Cave, and lots more.

Aside from the greatness of Kentucky’s great outdoors, some other popular attractions and destinations include the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Bluegrass Museum and Hall of Fame, the National Corvette Museum, the Kentucky Derby Museum, and Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace. It’s also home to both Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. Of course, if you’re in town in May the Kentucky Derby will be hosted at historic Churchill Downs. Even if you can’t go in person, it’s a treat to be in Louisville and feel all the excitement for this iconic event!

As for culture, be sure to check out some bluegrass attractions and even a live show in the state that spawned this genre. Also, you won’t go hungry while on assignment in Kentucky. Some local cuisine faves include Hot Brown sandwiches, spoonbread, barbecue, Burgoo stew, bourbon balls, rolled oysters, beer cheese, Benedictine dip, and Derby Pie. Be sure to wash it down with a Mint Julep.

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Personalized Pay Packages

Travel Nurses working in Kentucky enjoy a personalized payment package with great wage rates, licensure and certification reimbursement, a 401(k) with an immediately vested company contribution, loyalty and referral bonuses, and more.

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Great Benefits

We offer our travel nurses and travel allied health professionals day one medical, dental, and vision insurance, plus the option of several additional voluntary benefits, including life, long-term disability, critical illness, accident, hospital indemnity, and AD&D insurance.

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Employee Assistance Program

Current travelers also have automatic, free access to our employee assistance program (EAP) through Cigna, which includes eight free counseling sessions and many more free resources to support you and your family in every facet of life.

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Travel Nurse Housing

When it comes to making a home in your latest location, Medical Solutions travelers have the option of company-provided, private, fully furnished, secure, pet-friendly housing arranged by our expert housing team or a non-taxable housing stipend that helps you arrange and pay for your own housing costs, depending on your eligibility and location.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions about Kentucky Travel Nursing Jobs with Medical Solutions and Travel Nursing in general.

Simply apply here. You can also call us at 1.866.633.3548 and speak with a recruiter, who can answer your questions and send you an information packet. All we need to begin is your application and resume. Once we receive your information, we can begin discussing potential assignments that fit your profile. When you find a job you want, your recruiter will submit you for the job and walk you through the process from there.
Most assignments are 13 weeks in length, but we’ve seen them as short as four weeks and as long as 24. You are obligated to finish your assignment as contracted, but there is no contract binding you to work more assignments afterward. You can take a new assignment right after your last or take a break. It’s all up to you!
Many states are in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows you reciprocal rights to practice in compact states. If you need to obtain a new state license, your Recruiter can tell you exactly how much time is necessary to apply for it and the cost. If a new license is required for your assignment, Medical Solutions will reimburse you for the cost!