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Travel Nursing in New York

When most people think of New York, they think the Big Apple. And why not? New York City has world-class landmarks, dining, theater, museums, and more activities than you could ever finish in the longest of travel nursing assignments. But while there’s plenty of travel nursing jobs in New York City, there’s a whole state to discover. In fact, Buffalo is the fastest growing city for nursing jobs in the state, and it’s right around the corner from Niagara Falls. Let’s get to travel nursing in New York.


License Requirements

New York is up for inclusion in the Nurse Licensure Compact—the one nursing license that’s good for 24 states—but it hasn’t passed it yet. Here’s a link to New York’s NLC page just in case they approve the NLC:

Until the day New York approves the NLC, you can expect a fee of $143 and here’s a link to their application form:

You can contact them too.
Voice: (518)474-3817, ext. 280

Fax: (518)474-3398


New York requires child abuse identification and reporting coursework as well as infection control training and continuing education.


Cost of Living

New York has a varied cost of living. Obviously, NYC is going to be more expensive, but other areas offer costs of living that are far less. Let’s see how these metropolitan areas compare.

A rating of 100 is the national average.

NYC (Manhattan): 216.7

NYC (Brooklyn): 181.7

NYC (Queens): 159.0

Nassau County: 145.7

Albany: 108.1

Syracuse: 101.5

Rochester: 100.0

Binghamton: 98.4

Buffalo: 95.8

The farther upstate you go, the lower the cost of living. You could carve out your own slice of heaven in New York State and frequent NYC or you could live and work in NYC. Many recruitment agencies offer living quarters and other amenities that can offset the cost of living in the Big Apple.


Housing and Taxes

Some agencies offer stipends for rent—and some of these figures can get high—or have onsite housing for their nurses. But beware. Not all companies do this—it’s a case by case basis—and you could have increased taxes if your stipends aren’t taxed.

The pesky IRS wants every portion of your income taxed and you have to be sure an appropriate amount of taxes are taken out of your salary or your allotments, if you’re getting paid stipends for housing and/or cost of living allowances. This might be the biggest sticky widget to living in NYC. Just because you’re getting a stipend doesn’t mean it’s free. Uncle Sam wants his cut.



The two big medical hotspots are NYC and Buffalo. NYC has a large population, and a lot of people means that they need a lot of nurses to care for them. Buffalo has three major medical facilities and more on the way. They also pay well and have one of the lowest costs of living in the state.

NYC is a fantastic city in which to travel nurse (make sure you plan well), but New York State has a lot more to offer. Hit the road and see what you can see.


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