The Healthcare Professional’s Guide to Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee, is perched up on the eastern banks of the Mississippi River, giving rise to its old nickname of the “Bluff City”. It’s a city rich in history and culture, and almost everywhere you go, you’ll hear music in the air. Memphis is also a major medical center, providing care for people from three Southern states (Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas). And as you might expect, Memphis always needs healthcare professionals. Here’s your chance to take a job in an exciting place where your knowledge and skills will be appreciated.
Of course, a competitive salary is one of everyone’s favorite benefits of working as a healthcare professional. You can make an excellent living working with AMN Healthcare while maintaining a flexible schedule.
Other benefits of working in Memphis:
- You’ll never run out of opportunities to enjoy yourself. Memphis offers a nearly endless array of ways to pass the time. Museums, sporting events, festivals, fine dining…you name it, Memphis has it.
- You can set your schedule. Once you know your work schedule, you can plan the rest of your time accordingly. Want to spend an entire day, leisurely wandering in and out of shops? You can do that. Want to plan a weekend at a music festival? You can do that, too. Some healthcare professionals ask to stack their workdays together, so they’ll have blocks of time so they can travel more extensively during their downtime. Others just go with the flow.
- You can plan future vacations around your job. Did you leave your friends and family at home to take a job in Memphis? No worries. You can arrange to take a week, a few weeks, or even a few months off in between jobs so you can return home. Or you could travel around the country--or the world!
- You can return to Memphis for future jobs. Once you’re licensed to work in Tennessee, you can easily take future jobs in the state--without having to go through the process of getting another license.
Let your recruiter know your career goals and ideal lifestyle so they can help you determine what kind of housing you’ll need to book to accommodate your support system.
Working with a staffing company like AMN Healthcare is a great way to find out what it’s like to work in a particular kind of healthcare facility.
What kind of healthcare facility do you have in mind when you envision yourself working in? Do you want to work in a large urban medical center, or do you prefer a smaller hospital in the suburbs? Are you eager to work in a teaching hospital, or do you prefer a community hospital model?
It's important to start thinking about the facility that works best for your career growth and goals. With the wide array of healthcare jobs that we offer in Memphis, this foresight will help you narrow down your options.
We typically have openings in the following types of facilities:
- Large academic medical centers
- Mid-size and smaller hospitals
- Magnet facilities
- Rehabilitation/Skilled nursing facilities
- Home health companies
You can also search our job database for jobs for specialty roles. If you have a specialty certification or training under your belt, your experience is sure to be in demand.
Taking a job in Memphis is a terrific opportunity to boost your career, too. When you list that job on your resumé, that experience will make you a more desirable candidate for future jobs, wherever you go.
Things to do
Ready to get to know your new home-away-from home? No matter what appeals to you, Memphis offers a myriad of great opportunities for fun. Want to go hiking or biking? You can do that. Want to try some of the food that Memphis is famous for? You can do that, too. In fact, you might want to do both of those if you make the latter a habit.
(Word to the wise: Graceland was narrowly edged out and didn’t make this list, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go see the Jungle Room for yourself.)
No one is more passionate (and opinionated) about barbecue than the people of Memphis. Everyone has a favorite barbecue spot, and they’ll be happy to tell you why it’s the best one ever and you must try it out right away. And since Memphis is packed with barbecue joints, that’ll keep you busy for a while. Our recommendation: start with Central Barbecue and the Bar-B-Q Shop. Others will put in a plug for the Rendezvous, a historical spot in downtown Memphis that’s famous for its dry-rub ribs, or the Commissary in Germantown. (Pro tip: Memphis-style means slow-cooked and smoked, usually but not always pork, and available with sauce (“wet”) or without sauce (“dry.”)
Beale Street is Memphis’ answer to Bourbon Street in New Orleans: drinks, eats, music, and spectacle. Grab some barbecue and beer at Rum Boogie Café or Blues City Cafe, listen to music at B.B. King’s Blues Club, and shop for Memphis memorabilia and vintage treasures at A Schwab, a store that defies easy explanations. In nice weather, you can also catch a free outdoor concert at W.C. Handy Park (look for the iconic statue). And if you want to go old school, drop by for a deep-fried hamburger at Dyer’s Burgers (just don’t ask too many questions about how they’re cooked).
Big River Crossing
At nearly a mile long, Big River Crossing is the longest public pedestrian bridge spanning the Mississippi River. That’s right, you can walk (or bike!) across the entire Mighty Mississippi. And you should: the view alone is unparalleled. Plus, you can impress your friends with pictures of yourself “in the middle of the Mississippi River.”
If you love a good independent bookstore, make time to go browse at Burke’s Book Store, home to an eclectic selection of new, used, and rare books, including many books by Southern authors. And since you’ll be in Memphis for at least a few months, there’s a good chance you can catch a famous author who has dropped by for a reading and autograph session.
A few generations ago, the Crosstown Concourse building was home to a Sears Roebuck and distribution center—and you’ll still hear a few older Memphis refer to the converted facility that way. (Just as a heads up in case someone gives you directions that way.) Today, however, Crosstown Concourse is a vertical village of restaurants, pubs, galleries, artists’ workshops, a brewery, a 417-seat black box theater, and more. Some people even live in apartments there! Plan a visit to catch some live music, see a play, try the amazing cuisine at the Global Café, or hear a talk from one of the resident artists.
Local Breweries and Taprooms
Memphis may be famous for barbecue and blues but add another “B” to that list: breweries. Check out Grind City Brewing, which has a large outdoor space for hanging out, Wiseacre Brewing, or Hampline Brewing Company (p.s. trivia night is big at Hampline). If you go to one of the taprooms for Ghost River Brewing Co, try a beer named after the Zippin Pippin, the old wooden roller coaster at the old Memphis amusement park Libertyland.
Muddy’s Bake Shop
Are you in a peanut butter pie mood, or do you feel more like a blueberry crumble? Red velvet cupcake or grasshopper cupcake? Jammy bars with sweet apricot preserves or key lime pie? Local favorite Muddy’s Bake Shop in the Broad Ave Arts District has a rotating array of treats to tempt you. Or for more interactive fun, grab a few new friends or coworkers and take a baking class. More of a classic donut person? Head on out to East Memphis and check out Gibson’s Donuts, a Memphis institution since it opened in the late 1960s.
National Civil Rights Museum
People come from all over the county to visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. Located at the site of the assassination of the civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the museum offers the chance to learn more about the struggle for civil rights in the United States–and how that movement has shaped the drive for freedom and equality around the world. The museum offers a historic collection of memorabilia, interactive exhibits, films, and speakers to provide a top-notch educational experience that you’ll recommend to others.
The Peabody Hotel
The Peabody Hotel is a beautiful old hotel in the heart of downtown Memphis. But that’s not why its famous–and that’s not why you need to visit. No, the reason you need to visit the Peabody is this: the Peabody Ducks. Every day at 11 a.m., a family of ducks march proudly through the lobby to the majestic fountain, and every afternoon at 5 p.m., they march back to the elevator to return to their home, the Royal Duck Palace on the rooftop. Speaking of the rooftop, you should make it a point to catch a Rooftop Party and watch the sun set over the Mississippi; the Peabody hosts one of the best parties in town on its roof on Thursday nights from April to August.
Next to the giant M-shaped bridge over the Mississippi River that connects Tennessee with Arkansas, the giant shiny silver pyramid is probably the most famous part of the Memphis skyline. The Pyramid is currently home to a giant Bass Pro Shops, as well as a pistol and archery range, a bowling alley, a 103-room hotel, and two restaurants. And yes, you can take an elevator up 28 stories to the very tip-top of the pyramid and gaze out over the city.
Shelby Farms is much beloved among Memphians, but out-of-towners might not be as familiar with it. Here’s your official notice: Shelby Farms Park is a must-visit spot during time in Memphis! Located just east of town, this scenic public park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. It’s also home to Shelby Farms Stables, if you’re eager to go horseback riding, as well as opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, and fishing. The Shelby Farms Greenline is a fantastic place to run, bike, walk, or just meander, and it’s open 365 days a year (hint: no matter when you have time off, you can find something to do here).
If you’re a first-time visitor to town, you’ve probably got Elvis on your mind. Book yourself a tour of Sun Studio, which bills itself as “the birthplace of rock and roll,” and see the very spot where the King recorded his very first album. Other rock and roll and blues greats who recorded at Sun Studio include B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash. And if music is your passion (besides healthcare, of course), you can even book some time in the recording studio there yourself.
Why work for AMN Healthcare?
We proudly offer an incredible array of well-paying healthcare jobs, including many in Memphis. We’re also proud of our dedicated staff of recruiters, our clinical experts and other support teams for healthcare professionals, the excellent benefits, and all the other opportunities that we can offer.
Here are a few key reasons to consider signing on with us:
- 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, connect with like-minded professionals, and much more.
- You’ll gain access to our database of healthcare jobs. We have the largest, most comprehensive database of healthcare jobs in the industry, including exclusive contracts with several 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 jobs. We also have dedicated team members to answer questions and troubleshoot problems if you have need help with housing, credentialing, or payroll, too.
- 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. Depending on your role and location, we offer various levels of licensure support to help you work as soon as possible.
AMN Healthcare also offers some of the best benefits in the healthcare 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. We offer a generous 401(k) matching program that will help you save money for your retirement.
- Free continuing education. To make it easier for you to stay updated on the latest evidence-based research and developments in your profession, we offer free continuing education unit (CEU) courses.
- Complimentary Employee Assistance Program. Your well-being matters. That's why we provide you and your family with resources for healthcare, mental health, financial health, and other support. Learn more about this robust support program here.