All about Pennsylvania Travel Nursing

The Keystone State is a popular state for travel nurse jobs and travel allied health jobs because of its serene countryside, cool cities, and constant availability of travel healthcare jobs. Pennsylvania has terrain ranging from farmland to forests to mountains, so there is much for adventure-seekers to explore. Also, depending on what part of the state you work in, there are also many adjacent attractions in the region. If you want your career in care to take you to Pennsylvania Medical Solutions can help.

Best Hospitals in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia lays claim to the nation’s first hospital — Philadelphia Hospital, founded in 1751. So, it’s no surprise that the medically minded Keystone State is a wonderful place for travel nurses and travel allied health professionals. The state is home to hundreds of facilities and there’s a lot of opportunity there for travelers to take on great positions, build their resumes, and grow as clinicians while making great pay.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2020/2021 Best Hospitals list evaluated 236 hospitals in Pennsylvania — 28 of which met high U.S. News standards and are ranked in the state. These include: #1-ranked University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian in Philadelphia, #2-ranked UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside in Pittsburgh, and #3-ranked Jefferson Health-Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia. There are many other hospitals and non-hospital healthcare facilities throughout the state as well. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best States list ranked Pennsylvania at #40 overall, #11 for opportunity, and #19 for healthcare. Pennsylvania is a top location for travelers to work in healthcare, earn great wages, and explore exciting cities, beautiful nature, and charming small towns!

Registered Nurse Salary in Pennsylvania

The average salary for Registered Nurses in PA is about $43/hr, $1650/wk, and $90,000/yr. Some factors that can affect RN salary include: experience, specialty, location, and whether or not you’re a perm nurse or a travel nurse. Travel nurses almost always earn more since the contracts offer bonuses, housing stipends, and other benefits as well as offering a higher base pay. That said, experience and specialty are the most impactful factors on earning potential. Location can often affect your pay as a nurse as more populated areas usually have a higher cost of living and offer higher pay as a result. While this is generally true for perm positions it’s not always the case for travel nurses. Due to the increased demand that more rural locations experience, traveling to lesser populated areas can result in a higher earning potential for travel nurses.

Best Settings for RNs in PA

As many nurses across the nation see the long term effects of burnout many are seeking a change in settings to alleviate the pressures that lead to burnout. Long term care facilities and dialysis settings can be a much needed change of pace. LTC travel nursing jobs in Pennsylvania often offer comparable compensation to hospital and other clinical settings. Many acute specialties such as Medical Surgical RNs transition well into long term care settings.

Pennsylvania Nursing Licensure

Pennsylvania is not currently a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) but had enacted NLC and was simply awaiting implementation in 2021. The NLC allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without having to get additional state licenses. New states are frequently joining so keep an eye on the latest NLC map. In the meantime, our team is happy to help you with any Pennsylvania state licensing questions. The Pennsylvania Department of State oversees the State Board of Nursing which currently dispenses nursing licenses for Registered Nurses.

To Do and See in Pennsylvania

The Keystone State is a unique blend of big city excitement and country charm. That means there’s plenty to do here and plenty of variety for all.

Popular Pennsylvania attractions and destinations Gettysburg National Military Park, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the famous “Rocky steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hershey’s Hershey Park, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater home, Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Allegheny Mountains, Poconos Mountains, Lake Erie, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Laurel Highlands, Worlds End State Park, Presque Isle State Park, Reading Terminal Market, Phipps Conservatory, Valley Forge, and SO much more.

Pennsylvania is also generally a great state for sightseeing, dining, shopping, arts and culture, craft beer, history buffs, film buffs, major league sports, college sports, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, road trips, and much more!

Pennsylvania is widely known as a dining destination — Philly cheesesteak anyone? Snacks like Utz, Snyder’s of Hanover, Tastykake, Peeps, Hershey’s chocolate, and Herr’s originated in the great state of Pennsylvania. The state is also known for its pierogis, scrapple, Lebanon bologna, soft pretzels, apple butter, mushroom strudel, Shoofly pie, red beet eggs/dippy eggs, Primanti Bros. sandwiches, Old-Forge-Style pizza, wedding soup, and pot pie. Wash it all down with an Arnold Palmer or ice-cold Yuengling beer and you’ll be living like a true Keystone Stater.

Quick Pennsylvania Facts

  • State Nickname: The Keystone State
  • Capital City: Harrisburg
  • Largest Cities: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading
  • Charming Towns: New Hope, Wellsboro, Lancaster, Lititz, Jim Thorpe
  • Cost of Living: 32nd-lowest cost of living in U.S.
  • Random Trivia: Hershey is one of Pennsylvania’s top tourist attractions. Chocolate Avenue in downtown is filled with street lamps shaped like Hershey’s Kisses.

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Personalized Pay Packages

Travel Nurses working in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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!