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Things Travel Nurses Should Do in New York City

by Kathleen Stone

New York CityNew York City’s flashing lights, towering buildings and crowded sidewalks are a sight to behold, which makes it a perfect opportunity for a travel nursing job.

You’ll spend a lot of your time with patients, but make sure to take a weekend trip (or a few) to really see all that New York City has to offer. Here are a few must-sees:

Ellis Island and Liberty Island

For the first part of your trip, visit Ellis Island to see where more than 12 million immigrants first came to the United States. A ferry will take you to the island, which offers a variety of tours that tell these immigrants’ stories. The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration also has exhibits and artefacts from the time.

After you’ve learned about what could easily be your own family’s history, take a ferry to Liberty Island to see none other than Lady Liberty herself. Take a tour of the island, and plan in advance to get tickets to the pedestal. For an extra fee, you can climb the 377 stairs to reach the statue’s crown, where you’ll enjoy even better views. Grab lots of photos to be a true tourist, and then head to your next adventure.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Next, immerse yourself in a different kind of history. The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers 5,000-year-old art from many different cultures. The exhibits at the Met change all the time; currently, it showcases Chinese paintings, photographs of refugees, and a series of portraits of Benjamin Franklin. You can spend a few hours or multiple days at the museum because there’s always something to see.

If you need a break from looking at art, visit one of the Met’s eight bars and restaurants, which offer something for any palate. One popular spot is the American Art Café, which offers casual American food and views of Central Park.

New York Botanical Garden

Need a breath of fresh air? Visit the New York Botanical Garden’s 250 acres of gardens with an incredible variety of plants. Take some time to wander through the gardens and relax, or attend a class and learn about the plants in the gardens. The botanical garden employees take pride in their research and education efforts. For example, the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden offers classes and exhibits on edible plants. This garden is great for kids (and inner kids) to play in the dirt and learn about where their food comes from.

If learning about edible plants worked up your appetite, try one of the garden’s two restaurants. The Pine Tree Café is in the middle of an arboretum with pines from around the world, so it’s only fitting that it offers food from around the world.

Are you ready to explore the Big Apple? Check out open travel nursing jobs in New York with RNnetwork.

About Kathleen Stone

Kathleen Stone is a writer for RNnetwork from Salt Lake City, Utah. In her spare time, she loves going to the desert, trying new foods and being with family.

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