The Travel Nurse's Guide to Pittsburgh
Conveniently located in Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is famous for its industrial past and modern, present-day amenities. Known as the “City of Bridges,” Pittsburgh boasts a gorgeous skyline with towering buildings and convergence of rivers. From beautiful parks and outdoor spaces, to
museums, breweries, and sports—Pittsburgh is an idyllic city for travel nurses.
U.S. News & World Report ranked “The Burgh” the best city to live in the state of Pennsylvania, and #26 in the U.S. - and we have a few ideas why it came out on top. It’s easy to spend your days exploring their many bridges on foot or bike while enjoying breathtaking views of the city and its waters below. It also has an impressive selection of hills and valleys that are ideal for all the hikers out there!
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.
Pittsburgh's Healthcare Scene
Travel nursing allows nurses to expand their skills, experience, and clinical knowledge by working in some of the nation’s top healthcare facilities and learning from talented nursing colleagues, physicians, therapists, and other peers.
Pittsburgh has a diverse and thriving healthcare scene allowing travel nurses to choose from a variety of different types of assignments and contracts. American Mobile has opportunities in Pittsburgh 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 can choose the type of facility you want to work in which opens the doors to tremendous learning and growth opportunities.
In addition to selecting assignments based on the type of facility, travel nurses can also search for assignments by specialty, and Pittsburgh 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.
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 playing tourist and explore one of the many activities and attractions we’ve rounded up on this list of suggestions:
1. Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
Founded by the famous industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie,
the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History have cemented their places as some of the nation’s top cultural institutions. The Art Museum houses an impressive collection of contemporary art, and the Natural History Museum has one of the world’s great archives of biodiversity and the history of life.
2. PNC Park
Located on the North Shore of the city, PNC Park is a Major League Baseball
stadium home to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Depending on the time of year you
can catch a live game here, and it is also used to host other special events.
3. The Strip District
Make sure to bring your appetite when you visit the Strip District—a mile-long mecca of all things food. You’ll find merchants and vendors including ethnic grocers, produce stands, gourmet food shops, bars and so much more. This area is a great way to experience different cultures and get a little taste of different cuisines from around the world.
4. Heinz History Center
When you’re done wandering The Strip, be sure to stop by Senator John
Heinz History Center to learn all about ketchup! Part of the Smithsonian
Institution, it’s the largest history museum in the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania. In addition to the condiments, the museum also has a variety
of rotating special exhibitions and collections.
5. The Andy Warhol Museum
This iconic museum holds the title of the most comprehensive and prolific
single-artist museum in the U.S. The king of pop art’s legacy is upheld through this collection of art, memorabilia, and other archives. With over 7 floors of gallery space, art lovers will drool over this must-visit museum.
6. Point State Park
Located at the tip of Pittsburgh's “Golden Triangle,” and at the confluence
of the city’s three rivers, Point State Park has boating, hiking, walking trails
, and a museum. It’s truly a site to be seen and a perfect juxtaposition of
nature and urban life.
7. Duquesne Incline
This popular attraction gives visitors outstanding views of the Pittsburgh
skyline along with a nice dose of history -- it’s over 140 years old! The
the funicular was voted as one of the top 10 sites to view a city skyline
by USA Today.
8. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Set in Schenley Park, this landmark is listed on the National Register
of Historic Places. The Victorian Greenhouse that sits on the property is an
interesting example of that era’s architecture. Spend the day meandering
through the gardens while identifying exotic flora and other exhibitions.
9. Mount Washington
Known for its panoramic city views, Mount Washington is an idyllic place to
spend the day. This ultra-walkable area has plenty of green space and parks.
Traveling with a dog? It’s an ideal place to take your furry friend for a walk.
Home of the colorful artist Randy Gilson, Randyland is now known as a
Pittsburgh landmark. The dynamic and bold colors may leave you looking for
your sunglasses! The all-outdoor courtyard museum is widely regarded as a
must-see public art destination. One visit will be sure to brighten any mood.
Get on the Road
From the award-winning healthcare facilities to the celebrated historical points found throughout the city, Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh? 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 city (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 are 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 Pittsburgh 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 Pennsylvania, 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.
The state is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact which allows registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/ vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multi-state license, with the ability to practice in person or via
telehealth, in both the primary state of residence and other NLC jurisdictions.
Interested in working in Pittsburgh?
Contact an American Mobile recruiter to start the application process or
visit our job search page to find an assignment that’s a great fit for you!