Bakersfield hospitals hire a ton of traveling nurses...Here's why.

Typically known for its oil and ag, Bakersfield, CA attracts a lot of travel nurses because hospitals in that area have an extreme nurse shortage and ....

Posted by Brian Payne - Co-Founder and CEO on December 14, 2017

Bakersfield, CA is located an hour and half North of Los Angeles, and about 2 hours South of Fresno. Bakersfield is a very popular place for Traveling Nurses to work due to its nursing shortage, higher than average pay rates, and close proximity to the beach, mountains and the Los Angeles area.

The city of Bakersfield itself has a population of around 500,000 so there is no shortage of the everyday essentials. The most popular hospitals that hire Travel Nurses in Bakersfield are:

1. Dignity Health (Bakersfield Memorial)

2. San Joaquin Community Hospital

3. Bakersfield Heart Hospital

4. Mercy Southwest

5. Mercy Truxtun (Downtown)

6. Kern Medical Center (KMC)

Where to live

Housing in Bakersfield is a bit tricky. The best areas to live would be Southwest Bakersfield, but there are still pockets to avoid.  The Stockdale Hwy and Gosford Rd corridor is a good area. You want to stay in this area or go West.  The Northwest area of Bakersfield is probably a little further and is subject to traffic on Rosedale Hwy, but it's a decent area as well. The areas around KMC, Memorial and Mercy downtown simply have a higher crime rates (especially KMC and Memorial). Use caution when considering those areas as what you save rent, may compromise your safety. 



A little bit of crime comes with the territory in Bakersfield. It is mostly safe, but you certainly need to be careful which part of town you live in. Even in the better parts of town you will have petty crime. Stolen bikes, car break ins and other property theft are a real possibility.  Definitely avoid downtown and the East side of town.


The City

The city itself has all the amenities that come along with a large city. The great thing about Bakersfield is the proximity in Central California to everything else. You are in the middle of the state and very accessible to exploring in any direction. West will take you to Central Coast and cities like San Luis Obispo, Pismo, Shell Beach. And going Southbound you can hit Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Diego (if you have enough time).

Basque food is popular.  If you're not sure what Basque food is, check out this Smithsonian article. The best basque food restaurants in Bakersfield are:

1. Wool Growers

2. Noriega Hotel

3. Pyrenees Cafe

4. Narducci's 

5. Benji's French Basque

6. Chalet Basque

7. Sandrini's 


The People

Some of the best people I've ever met are from Bakersfield. Although the city has changed a lot, you'll most likely love the folks you work with!  What it lacks in overall appeal, the wonderful people of Bakersfield will make up for it in spades. 



Brian Payne - Co-Founder and CEO

Furnished Finder

Brian started renting to travel nurses in 2007 while he was working in the healthcare industry as a internal pacemaker and defibrillator technician. He'd not only work with travel nurses in the cath lab and telemetry units, but he'd rent his short term furnished rentals to them when they came to town for work. From this, Furnished Finder was born, and now it's the site where travel nurses and the medical staffing industry come for travel nurse housing. There are about 100,000 travel nurses in the US and around 30,000 of them are working at any given time as they're constantly rotating around the nation. Travel nurses stay for about 3 months at a time, and require safe, clean, and affordable furnished rentals when they travel for work. Furnished Finder is the leader in the traveling nurse rental space.