The Travel Nurse’s Guide to St. Louis
St. Louis is a favorite destination for many travel nurses due to the wide array of excellent professional opportunities, as well as the opportunities for fun and adventure. American Mobile would love to send you on a travel nursing assignment to the city known as the “Gateway to the West”.
Lifestyle Benefits of Travel Nursing in St. Louis
Of course, the excellent salary is one of everyone’s favorite benefits of travel nursing. You can make an excellent living as a well-compensated travel nurse by traveling with American Mobile. Not only will you earn a good living, but we also pay for your housing while you’re on assignment. So, you can sock away some of that money for a rainy day (or maybe some future travels!).
Other benefits of taking a travel nursing assignment in St. Louis:
- St. Louis is packed with recreational opportunities. If you like to visit museums, you’re going to be really busy in St. Louis. But if you prefer sports, sightseeing, shopping, or other activities, you’ll have a packed schedule as well. There’s something for everyone and every mood!
- You can set your schedule to meet your needs. Once you know your work schedule, you can plan the rest of your time accordingly. Some travelers ask to stack their workdays together, so they’ll have blocks of time so they can explore, travel, or just rest during their downtime. Others just go with the flow.
- You can plan future vacations around your job. One of the best benefits of travel nursing is the flexibility. You can arrange to take a week, a few weeks, or even a few months off in between travel assignments so you can return home or take a big vacation. Then you can go back to work when it’s right for you.
- You can easily take future travel nursing assignments in other compact states. Like more than 30 other states, Missouri participates in the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The eNLC is an arrangement that allows nurses to get a license to provide care in any of the states that are members of the compact. Once you’re licensed to work in Missouri or any other compact state, you can easily take future assignments in the state--without having to go through the process of getting another license.
Another noteworthy lifestyle benefit that our travelers also love: you can bring your pets along, too! In fact, you can bring your dog or your cat or your spouse or your entire family along with you when you travel. Let your recruiter know in advance because that info can help you figure out what kind of housing you’ll need to book.
Facilities for Travel Nurses in St. Louis
What kind of healthcare facility do you want to work in? Do you want to take a travel nursing job in a large urban medical center, or do you prefer an assignment in a smaller hospital in the suburbs? Are you eager to work in a teaching hospital, or do you prefer a community hospital model?
Those are some of the questions that you might want to start asking yourself as you search for job openings. American Mobile offers a wide array of job openings for travel nurses in St. Louis, so you can home in on the opportunities that sound intriguing.
American Mobile typically has travel nurse job openings in the following types of facilities:
- Large academic medical centers
- Mid-size and smaller hospitals
- Magnet facilities
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Home health companies
However, those are just some of the types of facilities with job openings for travel nurses eager to work in St. Louis.
You can also search our database for travel nursing jobs in St. Louis, including the operating room, the labor and delivery unit, the telemetry unit, the dialysis unit, the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), the cardiac catheterization lab, and more. If you have a specialty certification or training under your belt, your experience is sure to be in demand.
Boost your career and freshen up your resumé by taking a travel nursing assignment in St. Louis. It will impress future hiring managers and make you a more desirable candidate for future job openings, wherever you go.
Things to do in St. Louis
What to do, what to do? A better question is “how much time do I have?”. If you’re eagerly anticipating the beginning of a 13-week travel nursing assignment in St. Louis, you might want to start thinking about your free time now.
With all the trendy microbreweries and craft breweries popping up everywhere, it might seem strange to suggest that you visit the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis. But consider this: the brewery opened in 1852 and is a National Historic Landmark District. Think of it more as a museum with beer instead of just another brewery. You can explore the campus, learn how to brew beer, sample beers, and even see the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses up close!
Unless you’re a big Chicago Cubs fan, it’s probably not too controversial to state that the St. Louis Cardinals have one of the best fanbases in all of professional sports. See a game at Busch Stadium and find out for yourself! If you’re working in St. Louis during the baseball off-season, you can still take a tour of Busch Stadium— you get to see behind the scenes and learn about the history of the stadium and the Cardinals.
The barebones description of the City Museum reads something like this: “a museum of repurposed industrial and architectural objects in a converted century-old shoe warehouse.” You’d never guess how fun the City Museum is, would you? Miles of tunnels, bridges and slides (so many slides!), secret passages, playgrounds, ball pits, galleries—even a Ferris Wheel—abound within the City Museum. Pro tip: wear closed-toe shoes. Also, you can buy knee pads there if you need them.
The American Planning Association declared that the Delmar Loop is “one of the ten great streets in America.” (Who knew there were ten great streets, right?) But you know, the APA was on to something because the Delmar Loop is a prime spot to grab a drink and listen to live music in the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, wander through an art gallery, do a little window shopping, or eat at a growing number of restaurants, including Mission Taco Joint, Salt + Smoke, and Ranoush.
Forest Park Museums
Okay, museum goers, here’s a partial list of museums in the Forest Park area to visit during your travel nursing assignment in St. Louis (deep breath): the Missouri History Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum, Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden, and the Saint Louis Science Center and James S. McDonnell Planetarium. And the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is nearby on the campus of Washington University.
The soaring Gateway Arch is practically synonymous with St. Louis in many people’s minds. It’s the first thing they associate with the city, and yes, you really should visit–at least once. A few details: it’s made of 43,000 tons of concrete and steel, and it’s 630 feet to the top. You must take a tram ride to get up there, which gets a little cramped. But the views from the observation deck are astonishing. If you prefer to stay on the ground, though, you can learn more about westward expansion by visiting the Museum at the Gateway Arch, which is on solid ground.
It would be a shame not to take advantage of the beautiful riverfront in downtown St. Louis, so be sure to head down to Laclede’s Landing, which bills itself as the city’s premier entertainment and dining district. Nine blocks of historic buildings and restaurants beckon you. Eat at Big Daddy’s on the Landing or The Lou Eats & Drinks, or walk to other nearby attractions like the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, or Lumière Place Casino and Hotel. Note, this is also a prime location to get some photos of the Gateway Arch.
Just south of Forest Park is a relatively small neighborhood that some call The Hill. This is St. Louis’ Little Italy, and it was established in the 1830s by Italian immigrants who moved into the area and put down roots near the highest point in the city. As you might expect, it’s chock full of Italian-American restaurants and bakeries, as well as coffee houses, churches, retail establishments, and bocce gardens. Even the fire hydrants have some Italian flair—they’re painted red, white, and green, like the Italian flag.
Missouri Botanical Garden
No matter what time of year you’re visiting St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden is always a terrific destination. It’s the oldest botanical garden in the U.S. and a National Historic Landmark. Of course, you can always wander around the gardens and conservatories on your own, but you might also consider taking a class—the organization hosts classes year ‘round on topics ranging from gardening practices to native plants to meditation to cooking. (Since they offer workshops on weekdays, weekends, and evenings, you’ll be sure to find something that works with your work schedule.)
Located in Forest Park, the Muny is the country’s oldest outdoor theater and a favorite spot for many St. Louis residents to see a wide array of Broadway-style productions. Tip: the 1,500 seats in the back nine rows are free on a first-come-first-served basis.
St. Louis Zoo
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the St. Louis Zoo—in fact, the Zoo holds wildly popular Night at the Zoo events for the 21-and-older crowd in the warm-weather months, and yes, you get to ride the Conservation Carousel and Zooline Railroad. The zoo is not only home to 14,000 animals but it’s free, so you can visit as often as you’d like.
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
It’s not actually illegal to visit St. Louis and not drop by Ted Drewes to get some a frozen treat, but maybe it should be. Ted Drewes is a St. Louis institution, having been a destination for frozen custard for 80 years now. (They also sell live Christmas trees imported from Nova Scotia in December.)
Why work for American Mobile?
As the nation’s top travel nursing agency, American Mobile is proud to offer an incredible variety of well-paying travel nurse jobs, including many in the St. Louis area. We’re also proud of our dedicated staff of recruiters, our clinical experts and others who support travelers, the excellent benefits, and all the other opportunities that we can offer to travelers.
Here are a few key reasons to consider signing on with American Mobile:
- We make it easy for you. We designed the AMN Passport app to make it easy to search for jobs and book assignments. You can also use the app to manage your assignments.
- You’ll get access to our database of travel nursing jobs. We have the largest, most comprehensive database of nursing jobs in the industry, including exclusive contracts with a number of leading healthcare organizations, including prestigious magnet hospitals.
- We offer full-time support. Our team wants you to succeed, so we offer support and make sure you get everything that you need. Your recruiter is always available to talk with you about current or future assignments. We also have dedicated team members to answer questions and troubleshoot problems if you have need help with housing, credentialing, or payroll.
- We offer round-the-clock clinical support. If you run into a question about a clinical matter on the job, you can call our clinical team and receive urgent assistance at any time of day or night.
- We offer licensure assistance. If you haven’t worked in a compact licensure state before, we are here to help you with that, so you’ll be fully licensed and ready to go when you start your assignment.
American Mobile also offers the best benefits in the travel nursing industry.
- Premium health benefits. Perhaps more important than ever before, our health benefits will give you the peace of mind to know that you have access to healthcare when you need it, too. Our options include PPO and HMO health benefits, as well as life insurance, vision insurance, and disability insurance – for you and your family. Plus, you don’t have to wait a month or three for these benefits to kick in. Coverage starts on day one.
- Retirement savings. American Mobile offers a generous 401(k) matching program that will help you save money for your retirement (when you can travel even more!).
- Free continuing education. Nursing leaders will tell you that lifelong learning is a hallmark of the nursing profession. To make it easier for you to stay up-to-date on the latest evidence-based research and developments in your profession, we offer free continuing education unit (CEU) courses.