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Traveler Times - Travel Nurse Information
Volume 32
January 2008

Commit to Travel Nursing in 2008!

Ring in the New Year with a lifestyle makeover from
American Traveler
ake a positive change in your life with a traveling nurse job from American Traveler. You'll feel more alive than ever as you shop, dine and play in some of America's hottest cities, travel to world-famous resort destinations and tackle the rugged terrain of the Pacific Northwest, New England and the Great Lakes Region.

No matter what your preference, American Traveler can make your nurse life better in 2008!
Let American Traveler help you accomplish all your New Year's goals
Some call it a resolution. We call it the benefits of travel nursing.
American Traveler has everything you need to live free and flexible in 2008. We'll find you a better job, boost your earnings, reduce your stress, help you spend more time with family and friends, help you get out of debt, lose weight and get fit. You just need to make one life-altering commitment: Start travel nursing with American Traveler and keep on travel nursing.

Travel nursing is a better job - American Traveler staffs 80 percent of top hospitals, outpatient centers and Magnet facilities in the U.S. The pay is substantially better than most permanent positions, housing and health insurance is free, you're reimbursed for licensure and travel, you immediately qualify for bonuses and you get to choose from thousands of destinations nationwide. Compare that to the job you have now.

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Travel Nurse Jobs
L&D   $36.00 - Alaska
PT     $41.75 - Arizona
OT     $38.25 - California
CC     $35.00 - Florida
TELE $36.00 - Hawaii
ER     $49.00 - New York
To better serve clients and the profession, The Joint Commission Certified American Traveler features high-paying HOT JOBS each and every week, all with great benefits and outstanding 24/7 client support. We staff more than 3,500 hospitals and out-patient care facilities nationwide and maintain a database with thousands of jobs posted at prestigious locations.

this page now and gain access to top-paying healthcare travel jobs in world-class cities, tourist retreats, rural areas, and suburbs across the U.S. Get free private housing, free health and dental insurance, free unlimited CEUs, bonuses, and more!
$500 bonus to all new travelers
who apply by 1/25/08 and start
their first assignment by 2/29/08.
The Joint Commission Scheduled
to Visit Corporate Offices
his month American Traveler will be going through the usual audit process. Please be aware that The Joint Commission may contact travel nurses and hospitals to verify that we are performing to the organization's standards. We thank you in advance for participating in the Commission's efforts, should you be contacted and, ultimately, for helping us serve you better. Read more about our certification with The Joint Commission

Deborah Bacurin's Promotion- Clinical Resource Manager
Deborah Bacurin, RN We are pleased to announce the promotion of Deborah Bacurin to American Traveler's Corporate Clinical Resource Manager. In this role, Debbie will serve as our organization's Clinical Liaison for various appointed business needs. Debbie will also continue to serve in her role as the Clinical Coordinator in her existing territory.

Debbie joined American Traveler in December of 2005, bringing with her some very impressive experience. A former Travel Nurse of nine years, Debbie traveled on assignment throughout the country prior to settling into a permanent position at North Broward Medical Center. Debbie was with North Broward for 10 years, the last 7 as the Nurse Manager of the Emergency Room and Trauma Center Departments.

In the time since she has joined American Traveler, Debbie has rose to the occasion and assumed a clinical leadership position whenever it was required. We are very pleased to formally promote Debbie into this position that she so justly earned.

Jennifer Rayner- 2007 Recruiter of the Year
Jennifer RaynnerCongratulations to American Traveler Consultant, Jennifer Rayner, who was voted the 2007 Recruiter of the Year by Healthcare Traveler magazine.

"Jennifer is my lifesaver. She ensures all my credentials are in order, finalizes my contracts, and smoothes the transition from assignment to assignment. She is my recruiter, but also my friend. We talk about travel, family, and friends. She is also my brother's recruiter. Jennifer is awesome!"

On behalf of the entire management team, please join me in congratulating Debbie and Jennifer and wish them continued success!

All the best,

American Traveler Management
2007 Travel Nurse Winners
Emily Brawner, OT
American Traveler

Discipline: Occupational Therapy
Years Traveling: 3
Number of Assignments with Company: 11
Nominated by: Donna "Dee" Garlicki, Recruitment Manager

"Emily is the best. Professional and down to earth, she really enjoys traveling. Between assignments, she returns home to her friends and family in Mississippi. She has been with our company for 3 years and is a very experienced, clinically competent occupational therapist. We look forward to Emily's long and exciting travel career."

Heather Swigart, BSN, RN
Heather Swigart, BSN, RN
American Traveler

Specialty: Labor and Delivery
Years Traveling:
Number of Assignments with Company: 12
Nominated by: Kelly Vigliotti, Consultant

"Heather has traveled to California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada, and Florida. She is a team player who is organized and displays great management skills. An unbelievable asset to any hospital and our company, Heather is currently traveling and attending school to become a nurse practitioner."
American Traveler Hospitals Require American Heart Association Certification
American Heart Association
n keeping with The Joint Commission Gold Seal Standards, nurses and allied health professionals working for American Traveler are required to have ACLS* and BCLS* certifications from the American Heart Association only. Although some companies offer courses which follow AHA guidelines, many ACLS and BCLS courses are not AHA certified and may prevent you from getting the travel nurse job you want.

There’s a big difference between courses offered by companies who follow AHA guidelines and courses certified by the American Heart Association

American Heart Association training is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation where travel nurses will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leader. The course is on-site and roughly 13 hours with breaks. Aside from the American Heart Association, there are only a select few companies that issue AHA certified ACLS or BCLS cards upon course completion and a skills check.

. "Because we've required American Heart certification since first obtaining The Joint Commission Accreditation, hospitals rely on American Traveler for the "Gold Standard" in RNs and allied health professionals."
– Deborah Bacurin, RN
Clinical Coordinator

Should you consider a cardiac course from a provider other than AHA, make certain that, upon course completion, your ACLS or BCLS certification card is issued directly from the American Heart Association. Specifically request this information prior to signing up for the class and check with the American Heart Association to make sure the course is indeed AHA certified. For more information, call American Traveler at 800-884-8788. Click here to find an AHA certified course near you.

Meet American Traveler Consultant Karen Stegeman
Grand Canyon
he can be seen blasting over Baja dunes on her ATV and paralleling down the powdery slopes of Reno under the sun. The Grand Canyon is a favorite place and the Ohio native finds serenity and wonder in the oceans off Hilton Head and San Diego.

Meet Karen Stegeman, an expert on the Ultimate Travel Nurse Experience.

"I'm often just as excited about the destination as the travel nurse," said Karen. "They sense this and feel comfortable in my abilities."

After nearly two decades of forging new relationships with clients and operators for top salons and spas in the Midwest and Arizona, Karen comes to American Traveler well-equipped and prepared to advise travel nurses on adventure. She focuses on individual needs, follows through diligently on special requests, and contacts travel nursing clients regularly to ensure comfort and satisfaction with assignment.

"I'm always touching base with my travelers," Karen said. "Whether it's
a call once a week or a daily email, I make sure they know I'm there for them."

Karen is intimate with travel and has a great deal of energy, passion and knowledge to share with both newcomers and seasoned travel nurse professionals. Her journeys across the U.S. have resulted in long-lasting friendships and memorable life experiences, and have helped her develop a keen sense and appreciation of what travel nurses need and expect when visiting new places and exploring sights.

Pet-friendly housing!What's her advice for first time travel nurses? "No question is too small of a question," she says. "I tell nurse candidates to ask me anything that comes to mind and if I don't have the answer I'll find out for them."

Working with RNs and allied health professionals at American Traveler has enriched her life, says Karen. Travel nurses bring joy and laughter with every phone call and their stories and experiences make her smile. And for those of you who travel with pets, Karen has three great dogs and is an expert in recommending positions with pet-friendly housing. After all, more than 33 percent of all American Travelers travel with pet companions.

Call 800.884.8788 to speak with Karen or any one of our highly-trained expert Consultants who can you get started today on the Ultimate Travel Nurse Experience. Apply online today!
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