You’ll find plenty of opportunities to nurse in the Hoosier State. Indiana has a low cost of living and pays competitive rates for travel nurses, and there’s a lot to see while you’re there. Whether you like four legitimate seasons—Indiana has distinct winters, springs, summers, and falls—or you enjoy hiking and natural beauty, Indiana has you covered. If you like history or one of the greatest adrenaline pumping spectacles, Indiana’s the state for you. Run—don’t walk—to Indiana.
A License to Nurse
So, you’ve taken and passed your NCLEX and you want to work as a nurse in Indiana. Well. Indiana isn’t a part of the Nurse Licensure Compact—yet—but it’s not too difficult to apply for a license. You’ll need to complete an endorsement (here’s a link to the checklist http://www.in.gov/pla/files/LPN_-_endo.pdf)
Here’s what you’ll need.
• Application Fee $50
• Proof of your license in another state
If you want to learn more here’s a link to Indiana’s board of nursing: http://www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm
Pay Rates in Indiana
Indiana pays nurses around the national average, but travel nurses make a lot more. Still, $58,000 a year isn’t much. You can expect to earn at least 10% more as a travel nurse.
Cost of Living
Indiana is an odd state in terms of cost of living. You’d think Indianapolis, the state’s largest city, would have the highest cost of living, but it actually has one of the lowest. That’s not to say that the rest of Indiana is expensive. Most of the state is at or below the national average. Note: a rating of 100 is the national average, so the following list backs up Indiana’s claim as a low cost of living state.
Fort Wayne-Allen, County: 94.4
South Bend: 91.9
You can go almost anywhere in Indiana and live well, but with Indianapolis having such a low cost of living and owning the most medical facilities in the state, you can’t go wrong with one of the most underrated cities in the United States.
Indiana Weather and what there is to do
Most of Indiana has cold—sometimes harshly cold—winters and warm, wet summers. You’ll experience the full extent of each season. Do you want a White Christmas? Indiana has you covered. Beautiful, colored foliage in the autumn? Yeah. Indiana has those too. And you can enjoy bright, sunny summers that aren’t unbearably hot.
Memorial Day Weekend marks the most exciting days for racing. Sure, you may not be in Indiana or Indianapolis when the Indy 500 is run but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit the Brickyard, which has its own museum, and take a tour of the grounds.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Okay. This attraction is mostly for kids, but Indianapolis is home to the largest Children’s Museum in the world, and it’s not aimed solely for kids. Dinosaur, superhero, and even modern art exhibits round out a fantastic, eclectic group of displays.
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
First, you can’t beat two theme parks for the price of one. Second, these two parks are immaculate. Soda and sticky candy? No problem. The staff is on top of it. Third, these theme parks are in Santa Claus, Indiana, and they have a holiday theme. You can go to Santa’s workshop. Fourth, free sunscreen and drinks. What? This is the best deal of any theme park.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
In a word, wow. Just, wow. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is breathtaking. I wasn’t even aware architecture like this existed in the states. It’s the closest you can get to a European cathedral, and it’s located on the Notre Dame campus. You have to see the painted ceiling.
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
You should allow an hour for each of the three floors of automobiles found here. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum gives the Henry Ford museum a run for its money for best car museum. Get transported back in time with this museum’s Art Deco style and classic cars.
Turkey Run State Park
Indianapolis has some of the greatest walking/biking trails in the US, but you have to travel just outside of Terre Haute to find the state park that’s home to the most challenging hiking trails in the country. The natural beauty will take your breath away but make sure you wear shorts and a good pair of water proof shoes.
Clifty Falls State Park
Just outside of Madison, Indiana, you’ll find one of the most stunning cluster of American waterfalls east of Portland, Oregon. Clifty Falls is home to four waters falls of more than 60 feet, and if you see the falls when it rains, you could see more.
Indiana is home to a lot of racing/car history. It also owns a lot of natural history. There’s plenty to see in the Hoosier State, so set a course to travel in Indiana.