Being the closest U.S. state to the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator, Florida is known for its sunny, tropical climate. Its beautiful beaches, business and recreational opportunities, and cultural and artistic flair have been enjoyed by many, giving it the nickname the “Sunshine State”. With waves that crash along gorgeous beaches and cities that are as colorful as the different species of fish that inhabit the oceans nearby, it comes as no surprise why Florida is a can’t-miss opportunity for healthcare providers to start their next assignment. 1. A State of Healthcare Innovation Every year the University of South Florida hosts the Annual State of Florida Healthcare Innovation Competition where Florida students pitch ideas for innovations in healthcare. Students with winning presentations receive cash prizes ranging from $2,500-$10,000.The purpose of the competition is to give students from Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Nursing schools a voice in developing unique innovations that can solve a healthcare problem, and have a tremendous impact in the industry. With this yearly competition that can benefit not only the healthcare industry itself, but also the creative students that participate, Florida is quickly becoming the state of healthcare innovation. In fact, in 1944 Benjamin Green, a pharmacist in Miami, invented Coppertone suntan cream, the first commercialized suntan lotion. 2. Have an Adventure in the “Sunshine State” After a long work day (or night), nothing is more relaxing than sitting back and imagining yourself in paradise. By working on assignment in Florida, that paradise can become a reality that is right outside your doorstep. With an estimated 1,200 miles of coastline, Florida is paradise on the East Coast with amazing beaches that will leave you with a lasting impression as to why it is known as the “Sunshine State”. For those who may have assignments during the daytime, the nightlife in Florida is also one to spotlight. From Disney World in Orlando to the shores of Miami Beach, artistic and diverse culture presents a night out on the town that one may never forget. Does Florida sound like the next stop on your healthcare destination? At Barton Associates, our travel team goes to great lengths to offer excellent service while on your locum tenens assignment. Visit bartonassociates.com, browse our open jobs, and get ready to taste that Key lime pie!