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Travel Nursing in Maine

The sun greets Maine every day before any other state and this kaleidoscope of bays, islands, and inlets is waiting to greet you. Glaciers formed one of the most picturesque states and the soil’s natural filtration provides the world’s purest water. If you’re not from Maine, you’re from away because there isn’t another place like Maine. There’s Maine and there’s everywhere else. Find out what if means to be a Mainiac. Discover Maine.


Nurse Licensure Compact

Thankfully, Maine is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), so as long as you have a nursing license in one of the NLC states, you have a license that works in all the NLC states. Better yet, the NLC has grown to include 25 states and counting, so there may come a time when you only need one license.

You can visit the NLC’s homepage at

Maine’s Board of Nursing has its own site:

Or you can contact them directly by phone or email:

Phone: (207)287-1133

Fax: (207)287-1149



Pay Rates in Maine

Maine faces a similar problem as many other northeastern states: too many patients and not enough nurses. But as Maine is one of the most rural states, the nursing shortage is exacerbated and could impact health care delivery. Maine has responded by increasing the number of travel nurses their medical facilities hire so there are plenty of jobs and they pay their travel nurses handsomely. It comes down to where you’d like to work and what benefits your agency offers you. As you’ll see in the next section, Portland has the highest cost of living but many agencies will pay for your housing (the one necessity that costs the most), so that mitigates some of the cost.


Cost of Living

The big city of Portland has the highest cost of living in the state, Bangor also has a high COL, and Jackman is so remote that it costs a little more to live there, but the rest of Maine is reasonable. Travel nurses are in more demand in Augusta, Portland, and Bangor, but the more rural Eastport, Caribou, and Jackman still need their share of health care. Here is list showing how these cities compare in terms of cost of living. (100 denotes the national COL average.)


Augusta: 97.1

Bangor: 103

Caribou: 89.3

Eastport: 97

Jackman: 103.8

Lincoln: 89.6

Portland: 116.5


Housing costs affect these numbers the most; however, Portland has elevated living costs across the board.


How’s the weather and what to do in Maine

It gets cold in Maine and snow slaps a thick blanket on the ground, but most of the state’s precipitation occurs in the warmer months. As a result, flooding is as big of an issue as trekking through snow drifts. Maine isn’t too far above sea level—more than half the state consists of lakes or rests above an aquafer—so you may want to live near your workplace.

And no matter where you live in Maine, you’ll find breathtaking views. In the fall the leaves turn every color of the rainbow, blueberries are plentiful, and the lobster gains its unique flavor because of Maine’s fresh, cold waters. Explore the land L.L. Bean calls home and while you’re at it, stop by L.L. Bean (open 24 hours a day, every day) and watch a hunting boot get made the old-fashioned way, by hand.

You owe it to yourself to head down east. Travel to the Pine Tree State.


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