The Healthcare Professional's Guide to St. Louis
St. Louis is a favorite destination for many healthcare professionals due to the wide array of excellent professional opportunities, as well as the opportunities for fun and adventure. AMN Healthcare would love to help you land your dream job in the city known as the “Gateway to the West”.
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 St. Louis:
- You’ll never run out of opportunities to enjoy yourself. Louis offers a nearly endless array of ways to pass the time. Museums, sporting events, festivals, fine dining…you name it, St. Louis 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 St. Louis? 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 St. Louis for future jobs. Once you’re licensed to work in Missouri, 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 St. Louis, 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 St. Louis 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
What to do, what to do? A better question is “how much time do I have?”. If you’re eagerly anticipating the beginning of your job 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 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 much 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 time 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 from the ground. 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 AMN Healthcare?
We proudly offer an incredible array of well-paying healthcare jobs, including many in St. Louis. 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 [Insert link to new benefits page on corporate site] 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.
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