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    Colorado Springs, Colorado: Travel nursing, therapy, and technologist job and educational opportunities

    Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains, this urban retreat in the heart of the Old West has grown into a modern metropolis with first-rate opportunities for 370,000-plus residents.

    ( Photo: Getty Images/Philip Nealey)
    Founded in 1871 by General William Palmer, Colorado Springs' tranquil beauty and mild climate were so inspiring that the city became a favorite tourist destination for the British, who nicknamed it "Little London." In 1891, gold was discovered in a nearby town, turning the quiet locale into a financial hub for roughly 25 years.

    Fort Carson was established in the city during the 1940s, and military presence continued to flourish in Colorado Springs, which is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Its reasonable cost of living and quality of life have also attracted a number of information technology companies and manufacturers of electronic equipment to the city.

    Around town

    Colorado Springs is made up of several, diverse neighborhoods—including Black Forest, Chapel Hill, and Manitou Springs. Its downtown district is a mix of modern and historic buildings resting against a backdrop of mountains.

    In town, you will discover an assortment of shops, like What's in Store, known for its funky home décor, and The Girl of the Golden West, which carries Western wear and gifts. The Old Colorado City Historical Shopping District features galleries and boutiques and is often the site of seasonal events and outdoor concerts.

    From sidewalk cafés to one-of-a-kind restaurants, the city presents an array of options for dining. McKenzie's Chop House, a local favorite, serves Australian Cold Water Lobster and other tasty treats. The Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. is another popular eatery with a number of unique dishes, like Ginger Beer Quick Seared Ahi Tuna.

    Best in the West

    Take a glimpse into the past at the Ghost Town Wild West Museum. It exhibits a collection of century-old structures—like a blacksmith's shop, livery stable, and saloon—and offers a boardwalk, old-fashioned arcades, and the occasion to churn butter and pan for real gold.

    The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy is dedicated to rodeo cowboys and their sport. It boasts two theatres, equipment exhibits, an arena, and the Champions Hall.

    A historic site, Rock Ledge Ranch is a museum and living history farm. Discover the everyday life of early Pikes Peak residents and the Native Americans who once lived here. Staff dressed in period attire will demonstrate candle making, cooking, and forging tools, and even offer a hayride.

    The Flying W Ranch is a working cattle ranch that has been part of the community since 1953. Visit the popular establishment to enjoy its picturesque surroundings, Western-style barbeque, and a stage show presented by the Flying W Wranglers.

    Recreational pursuits

    Travelers and locals in Colorado City can enjoy countless recreational activities, such as skiing, boating, rafting, golfing, and ballooning. And thanks to more than 50 area attractions, there's something to please everyone. "

    Founded in 1926, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only mountain zoo in the U.S. Its 146 acres are home to more than 750 animals from around the world, including 32 endangered species.

    Garden of the Gods Park Visitor and Nature Center is a 480-acre park that's free to the public. It features biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding, as well as 15 miles of hiking trails.

    The 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak offers views that include portions of Kansas and New Mexico. If you reach the top, you'll have the chance to sample world-famous "high-altitude" donuts at the Summit House.

    Seven Falls is a 181-foot waterfall that consists of seven distinct steps carved into a granite cliff. A 224-step stairway leads to its top, where hikers can continue on two trails. Its "Eagles Nest" platform can be reached either by the stairway or a mountain elevator.

    Colorado Springs is not only home to the U. S. Olympic Committee, but also to the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Free daily tours include the Irwin Belk Olympic Path and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame rotunda and rooftop terrace, which contains an Olympic flame display.

    The most notable local college sports teams to cheer on are the Air Force Academy's Fighting Falcons football, basketball, and hockey teams, and the Colorado College Tigers, playing both hockey and women's soccer.

    Colorado Springs Sky Sox—the AAA top affiliate of Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies—plays at Security Service Field, a ballpark that's 6,531 feet above sea level. Winners of two Pacific Coast League titles, the team can be seen in action from April through early September. For a less common experience, check out the Colorado Springs Cricket Club. Part of the Colorado Cricket League, the club plays at Memorial Park, generally from mid-May through early to mid-August.

    Educational and healthcare opportunities

    Established in 1965, the Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers undergraduate courses, such as Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN degree programs, and an RN refresher course. Its graduate programs include a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) with Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks, RN to MSN, and Doctorate of Nursing degree programs. Graduate certificate programs are also presented.

    At the Colorado Springs campus of National American University, the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management degree completion program provides working professionals with the skills to become effective managers and leaders.

    Established in 1904 as Memorial Hospital, the Memorial Health System now encompasses a dozen facilities, including three hospitals. Memorial Hospital Central is a full-service hospital and Level II trauma center with 600-plus beds. Home to one of the Centennial State's busiest emergency departments, it offers services such as cardiology, orthopedics, and rehabilitation. Memorial Hospital for Children, which opened last year, is southern Colorado's only dedicated children's hospital. Also opened in 2007, Memorial Hospital North is a 100-bed facility serving the city's northeast region.

    A member of Centura Health, Penrose- St. Francis Health Services was formed in 1990 with the consolidation of three hospitals. Penrose Hospital, the anchor facility, has 300 beds. Founded in 1890 as a tuberculosis sanatorium, it delivers secondary and tertiary medical-surgical services today. Instituted in 1975, Penrose Community Center has 88 beds and features a 24-hour emergency care department, birth center, Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and a 40-bed medical-, ortho-surgical unit. The first hospital of Colorado Springs, St. Francis Health Center was established in 1887. A 387-bed facility, it provides outpatient surgery, behavioral health services, and treatment to patients suffering from psychiatric and/or chemical dependency problems.

    Rocky Mountain high

    While deeply rooted in its Western history, this thriving community is one of America's fastest growing cities. Named the best place to live by Money magazine in 2006, Colorado Springs' scenery, urban amenities, and arts and entertainment diversions present healthcare travelers with a range of experiences and opportunities.

    At a Glance


    Elevation: 6,035 feet

    Average High Temperature: 84 degrees

    Average Low Temperature: 14.5 degrees

    Annual Precipitation: 17 inches

    Population: 372,437 (estimated)

    Border States: AZ, KS, NE, NM, OK, UT, & WY


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