Everything you need to know about Travel Nursing in Louisiana

Louisiana boasts a pretty low cost of living yet an average annual RN salary of $68,010. Pair that with very high demand for travel nurses and travel allied health professionals, and you’ve got a location that’s full of opportunity for healthcare travelers. Not to mention that The Bayou State is loaded up with fun, history, food, music, and unique culture! If you’re ready to “Let the good times roll!” — or “Laissez les bon temps rouler!” as the Cajuns say — read on to learn more about this great state and what it has to offer you. You can also search travel nurse jobs in Louisiana or apply now to get started right away.

Travel Nursing in Louisiana

Louisiana is a wonderful choice for travelers who want to launch or continue their travel nurse or travel allied health career, while they “let the good times roll” in this unique, beautiful state. Choosing an assignment in Louisiana with Medical Solutions, means you’ll have many great travel nurse jobs to pick from and can take advantage of our industry-leading benefits and human-first service.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2020/2021 Best Hospitals list evaluated 200 hospitals in Louisiana — four of which met high U.S. News standards and are ranked in the state. The #1-ranked hospital is Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. The rest of the state’s top four are #2-ranked Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, #3-ranked Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, and #4-ranked Tulane Health System-New Orleans in New Orleans. The Bayou State also has many other great facilities throughout the state that could be a perfect fit for your next travel nurse assignment.

With its lower-end cost of living and incredible culture, Louisiana is a good location for travel nurses and travel allied health pros who want to keep costs low, enjoy flexibility and freedom, experience unique cultural sights and sounds, and make a big difference by sharing their excellent skills with facilities and patients in this great state!

Louisiana is currently a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC lets nurses practice in other NLC states without getting additional state licenses — which is a real bonus when you’re travel nursing! New states frequently join so keep posted on the latest NLC map. Our team is also here to help you with any Louisiana state licensing questions.

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Quick Louisiana Facts

State Nickname: The Bayou State, The Pelican State, The Creole State

Capital City: Baton Rouge

Largest Cities: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Metairie, Lafayette

Charming Towns: Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville, Thibodaux, Grand Isle, Covington

Cost of Living: 20th-lowest cost of living in U.S.

Average RN Salary: $68,010

Random Trivia: Louisiana is known as the birthplace of jazz. Additionally, Cajun and zydeco music originated there.

To Do and See in Louisiana

Louisiana is such a fun state to explore on your days — from big cities to small towns and everywhere in between.

New Orleans is the first thing to come to mind for most, and you’ll definitely want to spend some time here in the state’s crown jewel city. Stroll the bustling French Quarter and iconic Jackson Square, buzz through the Garden District on a historic trolley, jam out to street jazz or inside the well-worn Preservation Hall, enjoy beignets and coffee at the longtime mainstay Café Du Monde, and explore so much more. You’ll stumble onto all kinds of quirky treasures here! We also recommend making time while in town for Frenchman Street, Aquarium of the Americas, Lake Pontchartrain, Louis Armstrong Park, St. Louis Cemetery #1, and New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. If you’re here during Mardi Gras or the Jazz & Heritage Festival, you’re in for an especially unforgettable experience.

Outside of New Orleans, you can explore everything from swamps to plantations. Quirky attractions like the castle-like original state capital, Magnolia Mound Plantation, the Sallier Oak tree, the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum, Avery Island Tabasco Museum and Factory, Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge, and many more make for fun excursions. Also, many other Louisiana towns allow a window into Cajun and Creole cultures — part of what makes this state so unique!

Louisiana’s known as a major foodie hotspot and you’ll find incredible restaurants throughout the state — from hole-in-the-wall to high-end. With its many unique cultural influences, there’s a lot of really delicious and singular cuisine here. When you take an assignment here you can sample iconic Bayou State favorites like gumbo, jambalaya, po’boy and muffuletta sandwiches, crawfish etouffee, boudin, red beans & rice, chargrilled oysters, blackened fish, turtle soup, shrimp and grits, pralines, beignets, bananas foster, king cake, and so much more. Thirsty after all that? Wash it down with a Sazerac or a Hurricane, two home-grown cocktail inventions.

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Personalized Pay Packages

Travel Nurses working in Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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!