Travel Nurse’s Guide to Boston
Boston, MA has long played a critical role in U.S. history since it was first founded by Puritan Colonists in 1630. Fast-forward almost 400 years, and this New England city offers a fantastic lifestyle with a little bit of something for everyone. With its deep historical roots, innovative medical community, thriving downtown area, and prestigious universities, it’s no wonder why Boston is a favorite destination for travel nurses.
Living that Boston Lifestyle
Boston is one with many nicknames, the most widely used being “The City on a Hill,” “The Hub of the Universe,” and “America’s Walking City.” And it’s no wonder why the last nickname truly resonates, as Boston consistently ranks in the Top 10 Most Walkable Cities in the U.S. (more on things to do and places to discover on foot later).
At American Mobile, the housing team is readily available to find every travel
nurse a safe and comfortable home. Take advantage of the company-paid
housing or utilize the generous housing stipend to find your own housing
through any of the short-term rental sites.
Boston’s Healthcare Scene
Travel nursing allows nurses to expand their skills, experience and clinical knowledge by working in some of the nation’s top and learning from talented nursing colleagues, physicians, therapists and other peers.
Boston has always been a city that attracts talented nurses and clinicians from all over the U.S. The city’s diverse and thriving healthcare scene allows travel nurses to choose from a variety of different types of assignments and contracts.
American Mobile has opportunities in Boston at the following types of facilities:
If you’re a nurse who has been working in smaller regional or rural healthcare facilities, you may want to consider expanding your practice scope by taking a travel nurse assignment at a large teaching hospital or
magnet facility. The amazing thing about traveling is you have the ability to choose the type of facility you want to work in which opens the doors to tremendous learning and growth opportunities.
n addition to selecting assignments based on the type of facility, travel nurses can also search for assignments by specialty, and Boston features a wide variety of options including L&D, ER, ICU, Pediatrics, Oncology, and Med-Surg just to name a few. Nurses who have experience in multiple specialties can also choose assignments where they “float” to several different units throughout the course of the contract.
Higher education is also an industry that attracts many students, scholars and professors to the Boston Area.
The city is home to Harvard, MIT, Boston College, and Northeastern University.
Top Things to See, Do & Eat
Since you’ll be saving money on living expenses and enjoying competitive compensation, travel nurses can definitely enjoy an elevated lifestyle. Spend your day off by playing tourist and exploring one of the many activities and attractions we’ve rounded up on this list of suggestions:
1. The Freedom Trail
This iconic 2.5 mile path throughout the city is a great way for travel nurses to get acquainted with Boston’s deeply-rooted history. The trail (which is mostly composed of brick) takes walkers to 16 different points of interest that helped shape the history of America. Walkers will find museums, churches, a ship, burial grounds and other sites during the tour that winds from Boston Common through the North End to the Bunker Hill Monument.
2. Fenway Park
Regardless of your affinity to your hometown team, no visit to Boston is
complete without checking out one of America’s most beloved ballparks,
Fenway Park. Home to the storied Boston Red Sox, feel free to sit in the stands for a ballgame or go on a guided tour where you can get behind the scenes info about some of sport’s most notable legends.
3. Museum of Fine Arts
Founded in 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is the city’s oldest and most well-known art institution. The beautiful building encompasses over 60,000 square feet and houses one of the country’s most important collections including masterpieces by Vincent Van Gogh, John Singleton Copley, and Paul Revere.
4. Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
This isn’t your average pub. This brewery is the original home of Samuel Adams. Today, visitors can enjoy free guided tours, beer samples and a taste of American brewing history.
5. Food Halls
A plethora of delicious food is also a key draw that continues to put Boston on the map. And what better way to sample the local fare than a visit to a food hall where you can taste several different cuisines in one visit. The North End’s Boston Public Market features over 35 different vendors and an outdoor farmers market, while the newer-to-the-scene High Street Place is backed by James Beard Award nominated chefs and boasts an ultra-modern aesthetic. Eaters can enjoy everything from world-famous clam chowder to Mediterranean picks and fried chicken!
6. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums
Step back in time to 1773 and hop aboard a floating museum to learn all
about the infamous Boston Tea Party. Voted the “#1 Best Patriotic Attraction” by USA Today, the stars of the attraction are full-scale replicas of 18th-century sailing vessels. You can also enjoy live reenactments of the event that changed the course of American history, as well as afternoon tea in Abigail’s Tea Room.
7. Faneuil Hall
Delicious dining options? Check. Astounding street performers? Check.
Historic building? Check. Great shopping? Check and check. The noteworthy Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Meeting Hall really does have it all. What served as a meeting place for Patriots on the eve of the American Revolution has now evolved into a vibrant place for people from all over the world to come together to enjoy.
8. Boston Harbor Boat Cruise
Once you’ve explored the city on foot, it’s time to take your adventures to the water and take a cruise on the Boston Harbor. There are several different options to choose from including whale watching tours, upscale dinner cruises, tall ship charters, and even a thrill boat ride on an infamous speedboat called the Codzilla.
9. Skywalk Observatory
Ready for the best view in New England? Look no further than the Skywalk Observatory where you can see up to 100 miles away on a clear day. In addition to the bird’s eye view, Skywalkers can enjoy an audio tour, the Dreams of Freedom Museum, and a multimedia movie theater.
10. Boston Public Garden
Adjacent to Boston Common, the Public Garden is famous for its beautiful flora, ornamental design and of course, the recognizable swan boats and lake. The park is the first botanical garden in America, dating back to its establishment in 1837. Spend your day walking around the beautifully appointed grounds and then hop on for an idyllic boat ride and take in all of the sights.
Get on the Road
Your Next Assignment Awaits
From the award-winning healthcare facilities to the celebrated historical points found throughout the city, Boston is an ideal destination for travel nurses of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds. It’s a place where you can boost your income and skills while having fun at the same time!
Ready to get started on a travel nurse assignment in Boston? Lucky for you, we have the largest database of travel nursing jobs in the industry. Head over to our job search page to find jobs across the New England / Boston area (and in other cool locations, too)!
We know you have a lot of options when it comes to selecting your travel nursing agency, and it’s our goal to make American Mobile your #1 choice. In addition to the competitive pay and free housing, our travel nurses also enjoy countless other benefits when they work with the industry leader. In fact, our travel nurses and their families gain access to premium PPO and HMO optioned health benefits. Moreover, we provide health insurance, life insurance, vision insurance and disability insurance for our nurses as well as their families.
American Mobile travel nurses also enjoy access to the largest clinical support team of all staffing agencies. Customer service and support is taken extremely seriously here, and we provide 24/7 clinical support to each one of our healthcare professionals. That means if you are on assignment in Boston and you have an issue—support is just an email, text or call away—regardless of what time or day it is.
Even if you aren’t yet licensed in the state of Massachusetts, we can help you there too. Our recruiters and licensure staff will ensure you have the necessary documents needed to accept your next nursing assignment.
Interested in working in Boston?
Apply now to start your travel nurse experience or visit our job search page to find an assignment that’s a great fit for you!