NPs and PAs: Reasons to Work in New Mexico

September 30th, 2015 3 Min read NPs and PAs: Reasons to Work in New Mexico Blog
Albuquerque hot air balloon festivalLooking for a chance to make a difference? You’ll find it in New Mexico, working with Indian Health Services to provide care for more than 106,000 Native Americans living on Navajo reservations. Here are some reasons you’ll enjoy working in New Mexico:

Helping underserved populations

Locum tenens NPs and PAs who take assignments with IHS in New Mexico quickly make an impact on patients’ lives. Without their service, the thousands living on reservations would go without healthcare or have to travel for hours to find a hospital.

Experiencing a unique culture

The Navajos, who prefer to be called Diné, are a matriarchal society with a strong sense of family. They gather frequently throughout the year to sing and pray, with ceremonies sometimes stretching nine days to treat both mental and physical illnesses. Locum tenens providers can witness these rituals and become a part of the Navajo culture while they work among the people.

Living in a remote area

Those who work on the Navajo reservations live in close quarters to those they’ll be serving. The majority of the people live in the arid deserts or mountains, and the closest large city, Farmington, has just 45,000 residents. Providers enjoy living and working in the Four Corners area and experiencing the rock formations and desert landscapes firsthand. Considering an assignment in New Mexico? Check out these other perks of working in the Land of Enchantment:

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Explore the more than 119 known caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and don’t miss the famous Gila Cliff Dwellings, a series of interlinked Pueblo homes built into caves in southwest New Mexico. Get off the beaten path by visiting Ojo Caliente, where you can check out mica mines cut into a pink granite cliff and soak in the mineral springs after your hike. Finally, head to the Bandera Ice Cave and Volcano to see ancient caldera and an ice cave inside a partially collapsed lava tube.

Such great heights

New Mexico’s largest city is home to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, where hundreds of balloons hit the sky during the nine-day festival, even during “glowdeos” at night. You can also see the Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley from the sky by riding the 2.7-mile Sandia Peak Tramway, which ascends 4,000 feet in 15 minutes. Finally, take the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad to cross a trestle bridge and head up the Cumbres Pass, the highest mountain pass reached by rail in the United States at 10,015 feet.

Leave planet Earth

You may not believe in UFOs or alien lifeforms, but the Roswell UFO Museum is worth checking out, if only for the gift shop. If you’re more interested in the science behind other planets, check out the Very Large Array, a radio astronomy observatory used to observe black holes and other astrological formations. Working locum tenens in New Mexico allows you to provide desperately needed healthcare to thousands of Native Americans and explore a state that’s still enchanting tourists today. Check out our open physician assistant jobs and nurse practitioner jobs in New Mexico.


Lindsay Wilcox

Lindsay Wilcox

Lindsay Wilcox is a communication professional with experience writing for the healthcare and entertainment industries as well as local government. When she's not circling typos, she's enjoying fish tacos and hanging out with her family.

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