Are you in between assignments or considering your next travel nurse destination? Oklahoma City offers great opportunities for nursing employment. Why so many job listings? Like many places throughout the nation, Oklahoma City is facing a substantial nursing shortage. To fill these vacancies, leaders at Oklahoma area hospitals and professional organizations, as well as travel nurse companies are stepping up recruitment efforts and going out of state to hire. Sign-on bonuses, creative scheduling and better pay packages are part of their recruitment and retention strategy.
Better still, OKC has one of the strongest economies and most interesting attractions in the nation. From art, culture, science and sports, to western history and heritage, Oklahoma City has a lot going on. Charming neighborhoods with older homes, top restaurants, pubs, art galleries, boutiques, furniture outlets and antique shops stretch between city districts. You’ll discover over 20 museums and an extraordinary variety of attractions from mainstream to obscure. To get you started, here are seven highlights not to be missed.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
Pay tribute to those who died or were injured in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building—which held regional offices for federal agencies and recruiting offices for the Army and the Marine Corps. The explosion, set off by an antigovernment militant, killed 168 people and injured more than 680, and is regarded as the deadliest act of terrorism on American soil prior to the September 11 attacks. A stone monolith symbolizing the exact time of the explosion and an expansive reflective pool are situated where the building once stood, as is a sprawling field of empty chairs—one for each person who died in the explosion. The indoor museum features interactive exhibits, personal items recovered from the wreckage, as well as displays dedicated to those who lost their lives rescuing victims of the explosion. Get ready for a deeply moving experience.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City is known for its cowboy culture and preservation of the Old West. If you love everything cowboy, you’ll find it here. More than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts—including the world's most extensive collection of American rodeo photographs, barbed wire, saddlery, branding irons and early rodeo trophies—fill more than 200,000 square feet of display space. In addition to its historical galleries, the museum also houses Prosperity Junction, a 14,000-square-foot authentic turn-of-the-century Western prairie town.
This museum and art complex stands out from everything else in downtown Oklahoma. Psychedelic murals of robots and trippy geometric shapes completely cover the building’s exterior. The Womb houses contemporary art shows, music performances, a creative agency and a store. It is the brainchild of Wayne Coyne of the long-running Oklahoma rock band Flaming Lips—known for their psychedelic performances involving UFOs, dancing giant rabbits, and music about life and death.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
The 17-acre outdoor oasis features 750 varieties of plants, cascading waterfalls and an interactive dog-friendly urban park. Go indoors and marvel at the brilliant construction of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory whose unique design has earned it attention and praise from the architectural community. The Conservatory is covered by over 3,000 sections of translucent, double-layered acrylic panels and supports 13,000 square feet of plant life displayed in two distinct climatic zones. In minutes, visitors can walk from a tropical rain forest to an arid desert.
The Chesapeake Energy Center
Home of TheOklahoma City Thunder, the facility also hosts concerts, social events, as well asconventions and ice shows. During basketball and ice hockey season, it seats about 18,000 fans, as well as 19,000 patrons for year-round concerts.
The Oklahoma City Boathouse District
Offers recreational and elite rowing and kayaking, group and private rowing lessons, as well as rafting, tubing, zip lines, climbing and high speed water slides at Riversport Adventures—an outdoor adventure park. Several boathouses and structures line the district’s 7-mile section along the Oklahoma River, and more are either under construction or scheduled to be revitalized next year.
The Oklahoma City Zoo
Situated on 119 acres and is home to more than 1,900 animals and a spectacular showcase of marine life from around the world. Oklahoma City Trails, which is part of the zoo, is an 8-acre habitat that sheds light on the 11 different life zones of the state and features more than 100 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Each zone replicates the geography, flora, and fauna of Oklahoma’s native wildlife.
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