Travel Nursing is very popular in the Fresno/Clovis area, as is all of central California! Travelers enjoy its high pay rates, guaranteed parking (which can be a luxury compared to a big city), and close proximity to awesome places like national parks, pristine beaches, and bustling San Francisco (a short 2.5 hour drive gets you into the little big city). Before we go too far, let me list out the hospitals that hire the most travel nurses in Fresno, CA.
Top Travel Nurse Hospitals in Fresno
- St. Agnes Medical Center
- Valley Children’s
- Madera Community
- Fresno Heart Hospital
- Community Regional Medical Center
- Kaiser Fresno
Where to live in Fresno.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Fresno during your travel nurse assignment, this is easy… think Northeast Fresno or Clovis. If Fresno, stay north of Shaw, as anything south can be a little dicey with the exception of Van Ness Extension and the Fig Garden areas. You can search Travel Nurse Housing for free to find furnished monthly rental now!
Rule of 15
It’s more of a guideline than a rule, but in general, you’ll probably want to live about 15 minutes away from the hospital you’ll be working at. As an example, if you’re working at Community Regional, don’t live near Community Regional. Some hospitals are a little more north like Kaiser and Valley Children’s, but either way, north Fresno and or Clovis will be your best bet.
What’s the difference between Clovis and Fresno?
Clovis is really just an extension of Fresno, but it’s about ⅕ the size and is known for having some of the best property values and school districts in the area. Many say that Clovis is cleaner, safer, and more friendly than Fresno, but really, depending on the furnished housing options that are available for you at the time, north Fresno works just as good since you’re only there for 13 weeks most likely.
Apartments in the Fresno area (that accept short term tenants)
Apartment complexes heavily target Traveling Nurses, so prices are not that bad... nor is the setup, often times fully furnished and no need to rent furniture yourself. Because of the short term nature of travel nursing, apartments can be a little more expensive than renting a room or a private unit from a landlord, but either way, prices are affordable in Fresno overall. While an average short term apartment (3 month lease) may go for around $1600, the average rent on the Travel Nurse Housing map for Fresno is $1150 (including rooms - which brings the average price down to be fair).
Apartment complexes that frequently house Travel Nurses.
- Crown Point Apartments
- The Cascades
- La Provence
- River Park Villas
- Papillion Apartments
- Greystone Apartments
- Cobblestone Apartments
Best Places To Explore While Working in Fresno
Fresno has all the modern amenities that you would expect in a big city, but the best part of Fresno is its close proximity to northern or central coast California cities. There are a lot of things to do within a few hours, but here are the best day trips/overnight trips from the Fresno area (great for those down-days!):
- San Francisco/Napa
- Sequoias/Kings Canyon
- Carmel by the Sea
- Santa Cruz
Agriculture is the backbone of Fresno and it doesn’t try to be something it is not. It’s not touristy or flashy, but will certainly work for a 13 week Travel Assignment and can allow you to stuff some extra cash in your pocket that you’d be spending on rent in higher cost cities.
Oh, and one last thing before we let you go… Don’t lean on public transportation in Fresno… you’re better off bringing your own car! Stay safe travelers...we’ll see you there!