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The Healthcare Professional's Guide to Washington, D.C.

All About Washington D.C. - A Complete Overview of Our Nation’s Capital

Famous for its monuments, museums, and rich history, Washington, D.C. is also a mecca for healthcare professionals. The Capital of the U.S. is well-known for its robust medical community and thriving healthcare scene with multiple award-winning hospitals, academic facilities, and medical centers. You can spend your days off exploring all “The District” has to offer. Picture yourself meandering through rows of the city’s famed cherry blossom trees and spending afternoons visiting all the historical monuments you grew up reading about. All of this and more could be your reality as a healthcare professional in D.C.!

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Why D.C.? Lifestyle Benefits

Living that D.C. Lifestyle Bordered by Maryland and Virginia, D.C. is the heart of the action.

The city is extremely easy to navigate thanks to its efficient metro system and it’s numeric and alphabetized streets. There are countless benefits to living and working in D.C., and the ability to earn excellent compensation as is certainly on that list. Other benefits of working in D.C. include:

  • The ability to choose when and where you want to work - Washington D.C. is home to over 15 hospitals and medical centers making this a great destination for healthcare professionals. More facilities mean more options for selecting your next job!
  • Plenty of activities and things to do on your days off - D.C. is teeming with countless things to do when you aren’t working. From world-renowned museums and monuments, historical hotspots and plenty of shops and restaurants to explore, there’s no shortage of fun to be had on your next assignment.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy a great network of walking and biking trails -- Although the metro will have you covered, sometimes there is nothing like exploring a new city by bike or foot. D.C. has over 60 miles of designated biking trails as well as tons of places to walk, jog and run. 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.

Facilities/Type of Facilities: D.C.’s Healthcare Scene

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 Washington, D.C., 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
  • Clinics
  • 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 Washington, D.C. 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 – Activities, Food, Experiences: Top Things to See, Do & Eat

We know you’ll work hard when you’re on the job. But we hope you’ll devote just as much energy to enjoying your time off, too. To that end, we’ve put together a diverse list of activities and places to visit in Washington, D.C. to get you started.

  • The Lincoln Memorial: This monument is quintessential D.C. The jaw-dropping marble statue of Abraham Lincoln - our nation’s 16th president -- is a site that must be seen firsthand. Lincoln is surrounded by 36 Doric columns, one for each state at the time of his death, and the full text of the Gettysburg Address can be found inscribed on the interior walls.
  • Smithsonian Museums: Just when you thought you’ve visited them all, chances are there’s still one to discover. Collectively known as “the Smithsonian Institution,” the world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 17 museums and galleries in Washington, D.C., including the National Zoo.
  • The White House: A visit to D.C. wouldn’t be complete without seeing The White House. You can snap a photo from outside the gates or elect to take a self-guided tour. Public tour requests are scheduled on a first come, first served basis, and must be submitted through a Member of Congress and their Congressional Tour Coordinator.
  • U.S. Capitol: The iconic Capitol building is the official meeting place for United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. The beautiful white dome can be seen from miles away and its distinctive location at the Eastern end of the National Mall makes it the crown jewel of The District. It’s also super cool to see the exact place where our country’s laws are debated and established.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Dedicated in the early ‘90s, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served during the Vietnam era. It also lists the 58,318 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country and there’s a separate memorial that acknowledges the more than 265,000 women who served during the war.
  • Library of Congress: The de facto national library of the U.S., the Library of Congress, is a must-see for all you healthcare bibliophiles out there. It’s used as a research arm for Congress, and it also boasts the title of the largest library in the world with more than 173 million items. Founded in 1800, it’s the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation. Visitors can spend hours perusing the shelves or attending one of the many events and speaker series held there.
  • Jefferson Memorial: Located on the National Mall, the Jefferson Memorial is dedicated to the nation’s 3rd president and author of the Declaration of Independence. The open-air, white columned structure is adorned with a white dome and includes an impressive 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson. Take a moment to find the etching on the walls that includes one of his most famous lines: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
  • Tidal Basin: This man-made reservoir located between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel is known for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival that takes place each spring. If you happen to be on assignment during this time, you’re in luck -- the Japanese flowering trees are stunning. If you are there during a different time of year, it’s still worth a visit due to its serene walking path and gorgeous sunsets.
  • National Zoological Park: Part of the Smithsonian family, the National Zoological Park is an impressive collection of more than 2,700 animals representing more than 390 species. What’s more? The park is open 364 days a year and admission is free!
  • Union Market District: So much more than a food hall or run-of-the-mill marketplace, the Union Market District is a mecca for shoppers, diners, and connoisseurs of fun. This area hosts over 35 independent merchants that are selling everything from empanadas to authentic lobster rolls. Stay until sunset to enjoy one of D.C.’s largest rooftops complete with 360-degree views of the city.
  • The Pentagon: Home to the United States Department of Defense and boasting the title of the World’s Largest Office Building, this unique architectural feat is worth a visit. Be sure to take a guided tour -- they are available on a limited basis for U.S. citizens. Make sure you register at least two weeks in advance and it’s also important to note that attendees require clearance to enter the Pentagon by the Pentagon Forces Protection Agency. (Pretty cool if you ask us!) The tour will also include a stop at the Pentagon memorial constructed for the victims of 9/11.
  • Potomac River: Forming a portion of the borders between Maryland and Washington, D.C. on one bank and West Virginia and Virginia on the other, lies the wide and mighty Potomac River. There are plenty of ways to explore the Potomac including kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), sailing, and boating. You can choose from a sunset dinner cruise, private boat rentals, and sightseeing cruises. 

Why work for AMN Healthcare?

We proudly offer an incredible array of well-paying healthcare jobs, including many in Washington, D.C. 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. Interested in working in Washington, D.C.?

Learn About Healthcare Jobs in Washington, D.C.

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